swiss water access

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swiss water access

Post by bockus » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:09 pm

just heard from a friend that i may have to get a permit to float in switzerland. is that true, and if so, is it only on designated rivers. plan to base out of luzern with a fellow alaskan now living there and am looking for a packrafting experience. all suggestions are welcome! thanks for your time.

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Re: swiss water access

Post by Esben » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:50 pm

Generally no, there isn't a permit system for rivers.
At least that was the situation in 2009 and I have not heard otherwise. ... 51/Schweiz
That being said, it might apply to specific rivers (for enviromentally reasons)
I will ask my swiss packrafting mates.


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Re: swiss water access

Post by greg » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:04 am

I've never heard of any permit requirements. There are, however stretches of rivers that are not navigable. There may be some lakes that where boating is not allowed as well. I haven't done very much packrafting here in Switzerland yet, with the exception of a trip out on Lake Zug. Mostly because I don't know any other local folks with packrafts.

There is a map put out by one of the auto clubs (TCS I think), that maps out a lot of the rivers. There are also a couple of books for rafting/kayaking. Not much in english, but there are a couple of books in German.

I know that a lot of the streams here have weirs and other obstacles in them.

There is the kayaking club in Zurich ( ) and the kayaking school in Versam, Graubunden ( ). Both of which might be useful to gather information. The bit of the Rhine near Versam is doable using the train as a shuttle. In fact, there are people who will run it several times in the same day.

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