The Gudenå river is popular for canoeing and kayaking. You can either rent a vessel from an authorised rental service - you can find more information on renting a vessel here - or you can bring your own vessel.

The zebra mussel is an invasive species that can be found in most of the Gudenå system. To avoid the further spread of this and other invasive species, you are recommended to wash your vessel before and after your trip.

Bringing your own canoe or kayak:

From Mossø to the mouth of the river, you may launch your canoe or kayak at any of the designated launch sites, mostly free of charge. Click here for a list of designated launch sites.

If you begin your journey in the Gudenå's southern parts between Tørring and Mossø, different rules apply. Only non-motorised vessels are allowed on this stretch, and all vessels need to buy an access card (also called guest registration) A maximum of 50 guest registrations are sold per week (valid for 5 days), and it is therefore a good idea to plan your visit ahead of time. From april 2019 the access card for navigation the strech Tørring- Klostermølle in 2019 can be purched via this website at a reduced cost (75 DKK).

Please be aware that there is often a small fee for using municipal campsites in Hedensted, Horsens and Skanderborg municipalities. It costs an additional 50 DKK to launch your canoe or kayak at Tørring Camping.

Between Tørring and Mossø it is also only permitted to navigate the river if:

  • the vessel does not have an engine
  • you navigate with the current
  • your trip is between the 16th June to the 31st December and between 6AM and 6PM.
  • larger groups are made up of a maximum of 15 vessels, divided into groups of max. 5 vessels per group that keep an appropriate distance to each other.
  • 2-3 person canoes and 1-2 person kayaks are used. 

You can find maps, and information about rules and regulations elsewhere on this website