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Trip in a rowing boat

Discovering the Marshlands is following its waterways.

France's second largest wetzone after the Camargue, the Marais Poitevin was born from the union of land and water, and from the hard work of man. It is a natural cathedral of greenery. Sit comfortably in a traditional flat rowing boat and listen to the boatmen telling you about the marshlands and discover the « cabanes », the houses of the marshes, at the water's edge or on the banks, through a curtain of pollarded ash trees and poplars.

Continue your visit on foot, by bike or on horseback along the earth tracks and learn even more about the Marshes by visiting the Maison du Marais Poitevin in Coulon and the bird reserve of Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud. A paradise for birds in the heart of the wild marshlands.

The landing stages

There are a lot of landing stages in the area. You can find them on the map below. The boatmen offer different possibilities according to your choices and desires.

A visit in a rowing boat with a boatman guide.

With his “pigouille” (punt), the boatman will take you along the mill races and small canals in a traditional flat rowing boat. He will share his knowledge of the Marais Poitevin with you and teach you about the plants and animals. He will tell you the legends of the marshlands and will demonstrate fire on the water ! The length of the visits varies. Departure times will be indicated and booking is necessary.

A group visit in a larger rowing boat.

This is a cheaper option, since the visit is made in the company of other people. This formula is always at a fixed time and with a boatman guide but the length of the visit varies. Booking is required.

A visit without a guide … but with a map !

For the more adventurous who dare to wander off into this green maze... the boatman will provide you with a detailed map so that you can find your way. No panic, there are arrows to follow. This is a good way to discover the marshes at your own pace, to make the most of your visit and stop and have a picnic or admire the yellow iris or the grey heron which has just taken off from a neighbouring field. Don't forget to book your rowing boat or your canoe. 

In general, if you want to make the most of the natural environment and its wildlife, you should choose an early morning or late evening visit!

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Landing stages map

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