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Old 10.05.2012, 11:24
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Canoeing the rivers of Switzerland

Last year I did a couple of the tours offered on www.kanuland.ch. I was a little sceptical when I saw that the kanuland tours were in inflatable canoes however after trying them out I was surprised at how sturdy, robust and easy to handle they were. In fact I had so much fun that I was hooked and decided this year to buy myself an inflatable canoe.

Now that my canoe has arrived I want to start planning a couple of tours however I've no idea as to the rules for canoeing on rivers, and with this being Switzerland, I'm certain that there will be regulations that I must adhere to. So does anyone out there know what they are? Would, for example, I be able to do a Canoe trip from Zürich to Basel along the Limmat, Aare and Rhein (obviously doing my best to avoid the Hydro Electric Power stations). Are upcoming dams marked along the river bank or does one paddle at their own risk?

Any input would be much appreciated!
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Old 10.05.2012, 11:45
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Re: Canoeing the rivers of Switzerland

I don't think there are too many regulations.
Just the general waterway rules, signs:
http://kanuland.myswitzerland.com/en/page.cfm/341245
and priorities, especially if you are on big rivers with commercial traffic, like on the Rhine.
Wearing a PFE is mandatory.

Have fun on the water!
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Re: Canoeing the rivers of Switzerland

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Last year I did a couple of the tours offered on www.kanuland.ch. I was a little sceptical when I saw that the kanuland tours were in inflatable canoes however after trying them out I was surprised at how sturdy, robust and easy to handle they were. In fact I had so much fun that I was hooked and decided this year to buy myself an inflatable canoe.

Now that my canoe has arrived I want to start planning a couple of tours however I've no idea as to the rules for canoeing on rivers, and with this being Switzerland, I'm certain that there will be regulations that I must adhere to. So does anyone out there know what they are? Would, for example, I be able to do a Canoe trip from Zürich to Basel along the Limmat, Aare and Rhein (obviously doing my best to avoid the Hydro Electric Power stations). Are upcoming dams marked along the river bank or does one paddle at their own risk?

Any input would be much appreciated!
I was also wondering that too. You wouldn't want to end up going over some of those weirs and getting all smashed up. The one on the Limmat just after Wipkingen is certainly marked way ahead of time. Then there is a place where it tells you to get out of the water and not to go beyond that point.
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Re: Canoeing the rivers of Switzerland

I believe it is forbidden to take any craft in the Rhône river, as it runs through Switzerland. Obviously not going to trouble you, but there might be other such rivers, or sections thereof.
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