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The 8 best places for paddle boarding in Belgium

Belgium has a lot of water! Yes, this country is known for its charming canals, tranquil rivers, and picturesque lakes. Which also offers a perfect setting for paddle board enthusiasts to explore the waterways. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or a beginner, you can exercise stand-up paddling in a lot of places in Belgium.


Let's discover the ten best spots for paddle boarding/ SUP in Belgium, along with information on how to book your adventure and what to expect from this thrilling activity.

paddle boarding in Belgium


What is SUP?

Have you ever wondered what SUP or paddleboarding is all about? Well, wonder no more! SUP, short for Stand-Up Paddleboarding, is an exhilarating water sport that combines elements of surfing and kayaking.


It involves standing on a specially designed paddleboard and using a long paddle to propel yourself across the water. Paddleboarding offers a unique and versatile experience, suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Learning how to stand on a paddleboard can be tough at first, but you will quickly get the hang of it!


Whether you're gliding on calm lakes, riding waves in the ocean, or exploring serene rivers, paddleboarding provides an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in nature while getting a full-body workout.


It's not just a sport but also a fantastic way to relax, unwind, and connect with the water, a lot of organizations combine SUP with Yoga which is also amazing!

SUP in the sea of Belgium

When is the right time for paddle boarding in Belgium?

Paddleboarding season in Belgium extends from late spring to early autumn. During this period, the weather is generally milder, with warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. This makes it more comfortable to be out on the water.


Late spring and early summer (May to June) often provide pleasant conditions for paddleboarding, with moderately warm temperatures and calmer waters. July and August are typically the warmest months, offering great opportunities for paddleboarding under sunny skies.


However, it's important to keep in mind that these months can also be more crowded, especially in popular paddleboarding locations.


When paddle boarding in the Ardennes it is also important to check the water levels because during July and August some municipalities decide to close the waterways and rivers.


Autumn (September to early October) can also be a fantastic time for paddleboarding in Belgium. Paddleboarding in the Ardennes during Autumn is particularly beautiful as the colors of the tree changes to oranage and bright yellow.

paddle boarding Belgium

Ghent - Leie River:

Ghent is a historic city with a network of waterways, that provides an enchanting experience for paddle boarders. Glide along the scenic Leie River, passing by architectural marvels, such as the Gravensteen in Ghent. Enjoy the beauty of the city from beginning to end from the water!


A nice place to book your SUP (Stand up paddle) is with Supingent. You can take lessons, rent a paddle just for fun or organize a paddle party on the water for a birthday, family occasion or why not a bachelor party! A typical SUP adventure takes around two hours and you can book all your activities online.

Sup in Ghent
Image from supingent.be

Eau d'Heure Lakes

The Eau d'Heure Lakes, located in Hainaut, Belgium, offers an excellent setting for paddle-boarding enthusiasts. This vast complex of artificial lakes, including Lake Plate Taille the biggest lake in Belgium, provides ample space and scenic surroundings for an enjoyable paddle-boarding experience.


With their crystal-clear waters and beautiful natural landscapes, the Eau d'Heure Lakes are ideal for both leisurely paddling and more adventurous exploration. Paddle along the tranquil shores, take in the stunning views of the surrounding forests, and enjoy the serenity of the peaceful waters.

SUP l'Eau d'Heure Lake

Several rental companies operate in the vicinity, allowing visitors to easily book paddle boards and other necessary equipment. They provide various rental options, including hourly rates or full-day rentals.


One recommended company for paddle board rentals at Eau d'Heure Lakes is Espace Fun. They offer high-quality paddle boards and equipment for rent, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.


Namur - Meuse River

Embark on a paddle boarding adventure along the Meuse River in Namur. The tranquil waters of the river, combined with breathtaking views of the city's landmarks, create a captivating experience.


Rental facilities are available along the riverfront, allowing you to easily secure your paddle board and explore at your own pace. A great example is Les Capitaineries de Namur, which offers stand-up paddling without a reservation during the summer months.

Stand up paddle boarding in Belgium
Namur in Belgium

Lier & Mechelen - Dijle River

Looking to experience the thrill of stand-up paddleboarding in the charming cities of Mechelen and Lier, Belgium? Then I can recommend Sup School.

They offer a range of exciting SUP activities that will make your summer unforgettable. You can book a spot in their guided SUP tours along the scenic Dijle River or you can decide to go by yourself.


With their convenient online booking system, securing your spot or equipment rental is just a few clicks away. So, grab a paddle, soak up the sun, and embark on a memorable SUP journey in Mechelen and Lier.

Sup in Mechelen
Image from sup-school.com/nl/fotos

Kempen - Kanaal Dessel-Schoten or Bocholt-Herentals.

Kempensup offers an exciting range of SUP activities that cater to all skill levels.

Explore the stunning waterways, lakes, and canals of Kempen while gliding atop a paddleboard, taking in the serene surroundings and reconnecting with nature. Their knowledgeable and friendly instructors provide expert guidance and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.


From guided tours to SUP yoga sessions and even sunset paddles, Kempensup offers a diverse range of activities that are guaranteed to leave you with incredible memories and a deep appreciation for the beauty of paddleboarding in Kempen.

SUP Yoga in Belgium

Beernem - Canal Ghent to Bruges

Take your kids on an amazing summer afternoon to Beernem for a SUP activity. During August and July you can SUP your way through the beautiful nature of this canal. With De Kijk Uit, you will enjoy the freedom of the water. Just ask for a paddleboard at the bar and enjoy your afternoon.

SUP Canal Ghent to Bruges

Ostend - Spuikom

For those seeking an adventurous paddle-boarding experience, Ostend on the North Sea Coast is the perfect destination. Take on the challenge of paddle boarding in the open sea or explore the calmer waters of Spuikom. A company that can take you on this adventure is Sup Je Vrij.


They offer private lessons, as well as the opportunity to SUP on the Noth Sea. Are you not looking for an adrenaline rush but you want to take it more slowly? Why not sign up for a meditation class while on the water?

SUP in the North Sea in Belgium

Barrage de Nisramont

Barrage de Nisramont is a beautiful reservoir located in the Ardennes region of Belgium, near the town of Houffalize. Nestled amidst lush green forests and rolling hills, it offers a stunning backdrop for paddle-boarding enthusiasts.


The reservoir's calm and clear waters make it an ideal spot for paddle boarding. You can paddle along the shoreline, meander through calm stretches, or even venture closer to the dam to witness its impressive architecture.


I booked a nice day with Sup Ardennen and it was a lovely time on the still water of the Barrage de Nisramont. Do you have a dog and you want to take your furry friend with you? No problem, with SUP Ardennen you can share that experience together and book a paddleboard that will fit you both.


And yes it's me in the video, doing the SUP in a seated position because I couldn't stand up haha.

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Booking a paddle boarding adventure in Belgium is made easy through various reputable companies that offer equipment rentals and guided tours. By partnering with these trusted providers, you can ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience on the water.


Remember to check their websites for availability, rates, and any specific requirements before making your booking.

paddle boarding in Belgium

Whether you choose the historic canals of Bruges, the serene rivers of Namur, or the picturesque lakes near Brussels, paddle boarding in Belgium promises unforgettable moments and an exhilarating connection with nature.


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