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La Magdeleine Nautical Centre

Communauté d'Agglomération du Pays de Fontainebleau

Samois-sur-Seine, Île-de-France Altitude : 80m
1 Watersports centre

Centre disciplines

Rowing Canoe sprint Para rowing Para canoe-sprint


Located in the municipality of Samois-sur-Seine, in the wonderful, privileged and protected valley of the Seine river, the ‘base nautique de la Magdeleine’ offers the ideal conditions for rowing and canoe-kayak at all levels.   Infrastructures renovated in 2000 and extended in 2019:

  • 3 hangars (with 19 bays) that allow for the storage of 130 rowing boats and 50 canoes and kayaks,
  • Access to the Seine river with a >40m pier for rowing boats,
  • A dedicated platform with crane to set the safety and coaching boats,
  • A 260 m² room with indoor pulsed-water rowing simulator (ongoing),
  • A physical preparation room with ergometers and various equipment,
  • Repair workshop (90 m²),
  • 3 changing rooms with showers & WC.
The ‘Pays de Fontainebleau’ has transport infrastructure: train station, motorways, business (Villaroche) and international airports (Orly) within an hour from Paris. In order to organise, coordinate your stay and benefit from the exceptional environment of the location, the Tourism office of the ‘Pays de Fontainebleau’ is your point of contact: The management of the stadium is guaranteed by the agglomerated municipalities of the ‘Pays de Fontainebleau’ :

Special features

The forebays allow to perform between Thomery and Bois-le-Roi, a 28km ring surrounded by the Fontainebleau forest and Champagne-sur-Seine. The Seine riversides are a protected jewel of south Seine et Marne. Decorated with remarkable amenities and buildings (the ‘affolantes’ the isle of Samois sur Seine).


The sports centre is 5 minutes away on foot with a renovated Hospital, the Fontainebleau city-centre, transport, heritage (Castle, UNESCO World Heritage Site) commercial activity and leisure sites nearby.


The exceptional natural environment (forest, rock valley, Seine river, rural spaces) heritage (hub of impressionism with Barbizon and 5 villages of character) make it a global cultural and sporting destination.


The Centre National des Sports de la Défense (sporting infrastructure,  accomodation)  is 5km away.

Known for

The nautical base has been for many years the national base of the ‘ Bataillon de Joinville’, where French international cayakists, canoeists and rowers fulfilled their national military service.

National, European, Federal handi-rowing and derpartmental or regional events are organised. Labelled as an FFA ‘ Point Randon’ Aviron’ (17 in France), european licensees come to discover the Seine or take part in the Federal hike organised every two years in July.

Well known names have been trained or taught there such as:  Bénédicte DORFMANN–LUZUY, Xéno MULLER: Anne MARDEN, Carey-Beth SANDS, …

The base hosts two associations: ‘l’Aviron du Pays de Fontainebleau’, created in 1925 ( and the ‘Association Nautique Fontainebleau-Avon Canoë-Kayak’. Each year, these two entities have between 300-350 members on their roster.

Optional extras

Meeting room Internet access Equipment available for private use Secure storage area Infirmery Hospital nearby Weights room Personal security service Vehicle hire service Adapted vehicle hire service On-site accomodation

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