5 water sports activities for families and friends in Alsace-Lorraine

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Are you planning a trip to Alsace-Lorraine with family or friends? Discover the top nautical activities to do in this beautiful region of the Grand – Est.

Water sports may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Alsace-Lorraine. And yet it is! Between the Pays de Phalsbourg, the Saulnois and the Sarre, the region abounds in beautiful waterways, ideal for wild water adventures with friends or family. Are you a thrill-seeker? Or do you prefer a more leisurely stroll along the water? Don’t worry, we’ve got something for you in both cases. Here’s our selection of water-based activities to discover along the region’s rivers and canals. Ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure in the Grand-Est ?

Canoeing on the Saar Canal

Canoe-kayak Val de Sarre

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If you’re looking for a water-based activity in Alsace-Lorraine, why not try your hand at canoeing on the River Sarre? The village of Grosbliederstroff, located in the Sarre valley, is the ideal place for this, thanks in particular to its easy and safe launch on a quiet canal! Yes, quiet: so you can even discover the flora and fauna of the region.

For this activity, head for Canoë Kayak Val de Sarre, a friendly water sports center offering a range of activities to suit all levels, from beginner to advanced. We advise you to allow around 2 to 3 hours, including preparation, for 1h30 of navigation. This activity is ideal for a day out with family, friends or even solo, and is available all year round. Don’t hesitate!

A flat-bottomed boat trip in Sarrewerden

You can also discover the Sarre river on a flat-bottomed boat trip organized by the Grange aux Paysages association. For around 2 hours, you’ll link the villages of Sarrewerden and Sarre-Union and explore the river, its history, heritage and natural wealth.

Opt for the classic « riverside » walk during the day for a complete immersion in lush green nature. If you’re looking for a themed experience, other options include a sunrise walk, sensory awakening or ornith’eau to observe water birds.

The boatmen will give you detailed explanations of each element of the ecosystem, so you can learn more about the river’s flora and fauna. A great way to combine outdoor activities with learning, don’t you think?

Treat yourself to a sporting outing on the Stock lake

Etang du stock

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Just 10 minutes from Sarrebourg, in the Terres d’Oh! region, you can head to Rhodes for water sports such as skiing and wake-boarding. At the Etang du Stock campsite, you can rent paddle boards, canoes, rowing boats, water skis and wake-boards. You can also take advantage of boat trips to discover the Etang du Stock aboard a boat that can accommodate up to 9 people.

Prefer smaller groups? If so, you can rent electric boats for up to 6 people from the Langatte beach bar. Don’t wait any longer to fill up on thrills this summer, and finish off with a memorable ride along Langatte beach at sunset.

Fun with the Mittersheim water park

This time, head for Mittersheim in Lorraine! Here you’ll find Mitt’Parc, a unique aquatic course on a pond. The inflatable structures offer thrills for the whole family: jumps, dives, slides, dancing… And children aged 6 and over can also enjoy supervised activities in complete safety.

The aquatic course is nestled in a unique setting for relaxation and leisure, while preserving the natural environment. In fact, the pond is crossed by the Saar Coal Canal and is included in the Natura 2000 network, a natural site in the European Union considered to be of heritage importance! In addition to water sports, the charming village of Mittersheim and the surrounding tourist attractions are well worth a visit.

Fishing in France’s largest pond area

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Are you a fishing enthusiast looking for the best fishing spots? Le Pays des Étangs is for you! This is the largest concentration of large ponds in the whole of France. Located in the western part of the territory, these ponds are bordered to the east by a line linking the communes of Mittersheim, Langatte, Diane-Capelle, then following the Canal de la Sarre, the communes of Gondrexange, St-Georges, and Ibigny.

Pays des Étangs is particularly renowned for its incredible landscapes and rich flora and fauna. Indeed, the area is shared with the Lorraine Regional Nature Park, making it a true gem. The ponds have an amazing history, bearing witness to the customs and know-how of the region.

Among the ponds open to fishing, the most important are theÉtang du Stock, theÉtang de Gondrexange and theÉtang de Mittersheim. If you have an annual fishing permit, you’ll be able to enjoy them to the full.

Now that you know what water activities to enjoy with family and friends in Alsace-Lorraine, it’s time to plan your next adventure. Feel free to share your own suggestions in the comments below, and invite your loved ones to join you for an unforgettable experience on the region’s rivers and canals.