Top 10 lakes of france

Almost all regions of France have lakes to explore, from small mountain lakes in the Alps to large recreational lakes near the Atlantic coast in southwestern France, and from the many lakes of the Dombes plateau to the quiet lakes of the high plateaus of Limousin and Auvergne.

1.Lake Bourget

Bourget, the largest natural lake in France, is encompassed by scenic viewpoints, breathtaking peaks, and the expansive Bauges mountain range.
The lake is flanked by the steep peaks of Mont du Chat and Chaîne de l’Épine to the west and the Bauges Mountains to the east, which form its shores.

The best months for good weather in Bourget Lake are May, June, July, August and September.

2.Lake Gaube

This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the French Pyrenees.
Located at the foot of Vignemale in the Cauterets valley in the Haut-Pyrénées, at 1,725 meters above sea level, the lake can be reached by a 1-hour walk from the Pont d’Espagne car park or by cable car.
Basically is located in the Pyrenees National Park. This means that strict regulations must be in place to protect nature and wildlife in the area. Animals like Dogs are not allowed, even on a leash. Picking wildflowers or making a fire is prohibited, and camping is prohibited. No air sports or shooting, and no motorcycles or motorbikes are allowed.

Primarily, it is requested to respect this little paradise and its surroundings.

3.Lake of Sainte-Croix

Sainte-Croix Lake is an artificial lake created between 1971 and 1974.It is a nice place for swimming, sailing (electric and sailing), windsurfing, pedalo or canoe-kayak.The village of Les Salles-sur-Verdon is located on the lake. The old village was demolished to make room for the lake and then rebuilt on the river bank. Sainte-Croix Verdon and Baudouin are the other villages around the lake.

4.Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy is an alpine lake located in the Haute-Savoie region of France. It is named after the town of Annecy, the origin of Thiou, an outflow of Lake Annecy.

The lake is fed by 7 main channels and a powerful underwater spring called Boubioz, which flows from a depth of 80 meters near the shore of Annecy. The main exit is the River Tiou, which flows through the historic city of Annecy before reaching the Fier River on the outskirts of the city.

5.Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is the second-largest lake in Central Europe. It is a deep lake on the north side of the Alps, shared between Switzerland and France. It is fed by the Rhone River, which flows from the 2,209-meter-high Rhone Glacier. There are many beautiful cities and villages on the lake, such as Geneva,  Evian, Lausanne, Montreux, and Yvoire which are on the vacation list of a large number of tourists every year.

6.Lake Gérardmer

Lac de Gérardmer is a glacial lake located in Gérardmer, Vosges, France. It is located in the Vosges mountains at an altitude of 660 meters. With an area of 1.16 square kilometers, it is the largest lake in the Vosges mountains.

This is one of the best places to spend quality time with your family, including boating, hiking, fishing and more.

7.Lake Capitellu

Lake Capitellu is a lake in the Haut-Corsica region of France. It is a lake of glacial origin, in the city of Corte, at an altitude of more than 1700 meters, completely surrounded by vegetation.
Lake Capitello is located in the middle of the northern Corsican mountains. It is located just 10 kilometers from the city of Corte and at 42 meters deep is the deepest lake on the island. Due to its glacial past, it is frozen for many years, making transportation difficult in winter.

In summer you can reach it by a ladder and rope trail: it starts in the Restonica Valley, crosses Lake Merlo, and ends at the Capitello.

8.Lake Der-Chantecoq

Lake Der-Chantecoq is the largest artificial lake in France with an area of 48 square kilometers and a water volume of 350 million cubic meters. It is close to the public register of Saint-Dizier in the Marne and Haute-Marne. The lake is named after the Del plain where it is located and the sunken village of Chantecoq. This is a beautiful piece of water on the border between the Marne and the Haute-Marne, ideal for water sports such as swimming, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing and fishing.

You can walk, bike or roller skate along the 125 miles of beautiful coastline.

9.Lake PavinLac Pavin is a meromictic crater lake, meaning surface water does not mix with deep water. It is located in the Puy du Mont region of France, between Besse-en-Chandesse and Super-Besse. If you are a nature lover who loves to spend time on water, trees and rocks, there is no better place. The water column is divided into two parts: the mixomolimnion, which needs to be mixed during the change of seasons; and monomolimnion do not mix.

10.Lake Crupillouse

The Crupillouse lakes are a set of lakes located in the Champoléon city and are part of the Ecrins National Park. These are seven in number – two main upper lakes and five minor lakes.

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