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Sports & Leisures > Sports equipment of leisures
L'île Charlemagne - Orléans L'île Charlemagne - Orléans Ile Charlemagne ©A. Lasnier Ile Charlemagne ©A. Lasnier

L'île Charlemagne

Levée des Capucins - 45650 Saint Jean le Blanc

Southwest of Orléans Ile Charlemagne offers a 70-hectare leisure complex, 33 hectares of which is made up of lakes. It is the ideal place for a moment of relaxation in a natural setting (swimming, water sport activities, walking, bicycling, fishing, kite flying, children's games, etc.



Nouveau depuis 2009 - Accrobranche - Parc Léo Aventure En savoir +

Easy access and free parking

This island is in the commune of Saint-Jean-le-Blanc, the property of the commune of Orléans. Left bank upstream from Orléans (5 mins from Orléans town centre).
Bus route No. 7 (alight at Ile Charlemagne)
In the summer, special routes for Ile Charlemagne depart from certain neighbourhoods.

Contact the T.A.O. agencies
- Place d'Arc (town centre): on monday to saturday, de 6.45 am to 7.15 pm
- Espace transport (rue de la Hallebarde, near Place du Martroi): on monday to saturday, de 9 am to 6.30 pm
- Allo TAO: 0 800 01 2000 (7.45 am à 7.15 pm)
- Website

The leisure complex

Leisure complex: Free entry
Open from 8.30 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Phone : (33) 2 38 51 92 04

The complex comprises one of the largest play areas in France for children aged from 4 to 11 years. It has an area particularly well adapted to kite flying. The natural site's geography is also ideal for jogging and cycling.

Also, there are many specialist pitches for beach volleyball, basketball, handball, mini football, baseball, volleyball, table tennis, pétanque and mountain biking on waymarked circuits. You will also find a pony club, picnic areas and two snack bars.

Water sport activities

Two zones have been set aside for swimming, which is authorised and supervised in May, June and September: on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays and in July and August every day from 12 pm to 8 pm.

Water quality is controlled regularly. Introductory lessons and courses in windsurfing, sailing, dinghy sailing, catamaran and canoe-kayak. There is also a model boat activity.


Lessons and courses are offered by ASPTT-Voile (Tel: 02 38 56 48 90), by CKCO (Orléans Canoe-Kayak Club Tel: 02 38 66 14 80) and EMIS (Ecole Municipale d'Initiation Sportive) with introductory courses in rowing for children.
Personal windsurfing and canoe-kayak equipment authorised (please note that no other craft are authorised). Equipment available for hire.


This is conducted through the “Sandre Orléanais”.
Tel: 06 80 21 02 27

Sailing on the Loire

Ile Charlemagne also has a Loire sailing school on futreaux (specially designed Loire River boats).
In order to give life back to sailing on the Loire, Orléans Municipality, in cooperation with the Association des Compagnons Chalandiers, is encouraging the construction of futreaux. Four of these authentic Loire boats have already been built and the aim is to obtain a fleet of 12 futreaux so that a proper Loire sailing school based on Ile Charlemagne can be created, something which, to date, exists nowhere else.
Contact: Les Compagnons Chalandiers
Tel: (33) 2 38 21 53 33

Miscellaneous information

Equipment hire: clubs on site

Windsurfing, catamaran, dinghy sailing: ASPTT-Voile
Tel: (33) 2 38 56 48 90

Canoe-kayak: CKCO
 Tel: (33) 2 38 66 14 80 (all evening and saturday to 1.30 pm to 2.00 am)

Orléans-la Source Pony Club
Phone (33) 2 38 69 25 65

Website for Orléans Municipality