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    Default River Lesse - Belgium

    Considering tagging a day or 2 onto a trip to Semois next April. I've had a quick look through some existing posts and bloggs but wondered if anyone knew answers to the following:

    1) Is the river above Houyet worth a visit and if so any particular starting point. Houyet to Anseremme seems to be an established route of just over 20km.
    2) Any permits required to paddle the river
    3) Any restrictions on time of year. Looking at April 15/16.

    Noticed a couple of references to other rivers which might also be something to consider while we are there.

    Thanks

    John

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    keep well away from the houyet anserenmme stercht , normally a couple of 100 boats crash down each day.
    best info is found here:
    http://www.kajakardennen.be/index_EN.php
    that is an more accessible website then the one of the wallone gouvernment:
    http://kayak.environnement.wallonie.be/public/home

    basiclly everey belgium river is forbidden to paddle accept the one that are mentioned over there. in winter okt till march more rivers can be done.. all riverss can only be accessed if there are officall put in and outs..
    if you area member of the belgium canoe federation then some stretches can be paddled. last big rule is that on many stretches there are minimun and maximun waterlevels. any questions just give me a shout. most regulation is written in french, soem is translated into dutch, never seen a thing in english...
    Propper writing in English. How do you do that? with dyslexia, bad hand eye coordination, ect. and in a foreign language.
    Sorry for all the mistakes.

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    Thanks Lennart, so looks like the options are a bit limited mid April. Had hoped at that time of years Lesse would be a bit less busy but it will be Easter so I guess sounds like it is still busy. Stretches above seem to be restricted at that time. Ourthe may be a better option to consider at that time. Just thinking it would be nice while we are there to do another river.

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    I don't think the Lesse is off limits in April. Just depends on the water levels. The site mentioned above is what you should look at to see if it's ok to paddle. Normally in April there shouldn't be too many tourists, especially if it's not a hot sunny day.
    The Ourthe: start just below the Nisramont dam to acces the quitest and most remote part of the river. There's no possibility to get back at the starting point with public transport. After Maboge it gets less attractive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenbull View Post
    I don't think the Lesse is off limits in April. Just depends on the water levels. The site mentioned above is what you should look at to see if it's ok to paddle. Normally in April there shouldn't be too many tourists, especially if it's not a hot sunny day.
    The Ourthe: start just below the Nisramont dam to acces the quitest and most remote part of the river. There's no possibility to get back at the starting point with public transport. After Maboge it gets less attractive.
    Thanks for the info. Did you mean the Lesse above Houyet not being off limits in April? Yes I'd hoped like the Semois it would be much quieter in April.

    The red sections of the rivers refer to Annexe 1C water courses which then seem to have the restrictions from April to September. What is Annexe C?

    Will have a look at the Ourthe below Nisramont. Hopefully there will be several vehicles for those days and we can just relocate from Semois to a campsite that makes the daily shuttles straight forward. At the moment just looking at booking the crossing and trying to decide how many days extra to allow on top of Semois to do some other rivers. Sounds like a couple of extra days will give us some nice choices.

    Thanks again

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    I meant the Lesse below Houyet.
    If I'm not mistaking, the sections with a C are restricted: certain period, membership of Belgian canoe federation.

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    I'm assuming you've found our blogs, Elveys?

    I loved the day paddling down the 'crowded' bit of the Lesse:, frites, good beers, castles, people having fun. It's a long way to go for a short bit of river though (though Dinant's cheese tart, ridiculously tough biscuits, beer with grenadine and the Leffe museum can make it worth while).

    Certainly the water directly above the put in looked scrapey when we were last there


    the Naked Paddler blog is great for obscure Belgium paddling

    'WW' Higher up the Lesse: http://www.nakedkayaker.com/blog/bel...-ourthe-rivers

    Another location with a paddlable river: http://www.nakedkayaker.com/blog/belgium-durbuy

    Dinant fun: http://www.nakedkayaker.com/blog/belgium-dinant

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    Yes I did Thanks Dan. Thanks for the other links, will take a look.

    Quote Originally Posted by twicezero View Post
    I'm assuming you've found our blogs, Elveys?

    I loved the day paddling down the 'crowded' bit of the Lesse:, frites, good beers, castles, people having fun. It's a long way to go for a short bit of river though (though Dinant's cheese tart, ridiculously tough biscuits, beer with grenadine and the Leffe museum can make it worth while).

    Certainly the water directly above the put in looked scrapey when we were last there


    the Naked Paddler blog is great for obscure Belgium paddling

    'WW' Higher up the Lesse: http://www.nakedkayaker.com/blog/bel...-ourthe-rivers

    Another location with a paddlable river: http://www.nakedkayaker.com/blog/belgium-durbuy

    Dinant fun: http://www.nakedkayaker.com/blog/belgium-dinant

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