A few years now the inhabitants of Geneva have been (finally 😉 ) rediscovering the Rhône River to swim in. That makes the bank of the Sentiers des Saules one of the most alive and hip places in Geneva in the summertime! A lot of fun between city and nature!
The water coming from the lake is funneled into a narrower channel which becomes the Rhône River. This narrowing creates a strong current which makes you feel like you’re swimming or floating incredibly fast.
It just must be said that only good swimmers should swim in the Rhône – the current can be dangerous! The Sentiers des Saules has been set up to insure a minimum of comfort and security. It is recommended to only swim from after the Pont du Seujet until a way out before the Pointe de la Jonction. After this point the riverbanks are wild on both sides and the water is really cold because of the mix with the waters of the Arve River. To go further, it is safer to use an inflatable boat. Walking along the shore is also a nice option (check Walk by the Rhone).
When the Rohne’s temperature is warm enough, bring your stuff to swim, relax or barbecue, find a place (which is the most difficult part because of the crowds) and enjoy! The refreshment stall A la pointe also provides drinks, snacks… and entertainment!