The Ardèche River Gorges are a Nature Reserve. River traffic and behaviour in the Reserve is managed by an Association which issues regulations. By-laws govern bivouacking which is only permitted in authorised areas.

If you decide to take the 2-day trip down through the Ardèche river Gorges nature reserve, you must overnight in one of the two authorized bivouac areas.

2 bivouac areas

  • The Gaud bivouac: located one-third of the distance down the trip. 250 pitches.
  • The Gournier bivouac: located half-way down the trip. 250 pitches.
Consult the bivouacs rates


  • Sanitation, toilets, showers, drinking water.
  • 2 army tents each sleeping 20. These tents do not have beds or mattresses, just a floor on the ground…
  • Tables, shared barbecues (charcoal provided).
  • First Aid post.

Booking space in a bivouac area

Bookings must be made by participants or a group member.

Make bookings for bivouac tickets directly from the Syndicat de Gestion des Gorges de l’Ardèche (SGGA).

Remember to select Office de Tourisme de Saint Martin d’Ardèche, as the place where you will pick up your tickets. You will be given your tickets when you embark.

* Subject to availability – check before taking the trip.

Information and bookings*

Centrale de réservation
Quartier Ratière
07150 Vallon Pont d'Arc
Tél : + 33 (0)4 75 88 00 41
Book your bivouac on line

Alternative to the bivouacs

If the bivouacs are full, we can suggest an alternative solution.
In this case, please consult us for information.