Water sports just a stone's throw from the heart of Paris

The Paris canals boast a number of water sports facilities for water skiing, rowing and canoeing in the Paris region and in Paris. Other water-based activities are also available on two rivers that pass through the Ile-de-France region: the Seine and the Marne. You can also take part in cruises on the Paris canals: Canal Saint-Martin, Canal de l'Ourcq and Canal Saint-Denis. A wide range of water sports activities are available at the Bassin de La Villette and other canals.

Water activities on the canals
Canoeing and Kayaking

The Canal de l'Ourcq and the Marne are ideal for canoeing and kayaking. Clubs in the Paris region welcome you for instruction and rent boats.

Rental electric boat

Rent an unlicensed electric boat in Paris, Bassin de la Villette, and cruise for a few hours on the Canal de l'Ourcq, admiring the banks and scenery around Parc de la Villette, Pantin and Bobigny.

Boating license

Pass your boating license in Paris, it's possible! Paris Nautique offers coastal, offshore and river boating licenses.


Cast off and call at the ports of Paris and the Paris region. Benefit from the proximity of Paris and the exceptional sites and landscapes that will give you a feeling of freedom and happiness.

Water skiing and paddleboarding

The 2DN water ski and wakeboard club is located in Neuilly-sur-Marne on the banks of the Marne. It welcomes you from May to September, while paddleboarding activities on the Canal de l'Ourcq are organized as part of the annual L'Été du Canal event in July and August.

Rowing at La Villette and on the Seine

Join the rowing clubs of Ile-de-France, open to all. Row on a secure branch of the Seine with Rowing Club or at the bassin de la Villette water sports center.

For Kids

Summer water activities

Head for the Ourcq, where towns and cities offer water-based activities for children every summer.

In addition to open-air swimming in the Bassin de la Villette, water sports activities are offered for the little ones every year at Paris Plage la Villette. Water sports centres are also often offered in summer on the banks of the Ourcq canal in Pantin, Bobigny, Noisy Bondy, Aulnay-sous-Bois...

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