The great lake stretches languidly its ever-changing colours create, at one moment, the impression of an inland sea and, at another, a mountain lake
A paradise for birds, fishermen and holidaymakers
Lake Bourget is the largest natural glacial lake in France. Stretching languidly for a length of 18 km and over an area of 44 km2, its ever-changing colours create, at one moment, the impression of an inland sea and, at another, a mountain lake. Its ecosystem has been preserved and redeveloped and, in some places, particularly the lake’s northern tip, the reed beds are home to ducks, coots, grebes, water hens, herons and cormorants.
This natural side of the lake contrasts markedly with the western shore which, inaccessible by land, has with justification been dubbed “the Wild Side”. Lamartine and the Romantic poets made it a Mecca of French poetry. The route along the lake shore from Le Bourget du Lac to La Chautagne offers many stunning views and places to visit: the Canal de Savières which joins the Rhône, the Abbaye de Hautecombe with the tombs of the princes of the House of Savoy and the last king and queen of Italy, the Chambotte and the Mont Revard belvederes, etc. And for sports enthusiasts, swimming, diving and sailing are all popular activities in the water which reaches 26°C in summer.
The 15-hectare Les Mottets leisure complex offers a beach, a pier, picnic areas, a skatepark, a children’s play area, etc. There is also a promenade which takes you to Aix-les-Bains via the Plage du Lido. Lake Bourget is easily accessible from Chambéry. It can be reached by bike, at all times of year, on the Avenue Verte Nord (12 kms) or by bus, during the summer, on the beach route which serves all the beaches between Chambéry, Le Bourget du Lac and Aix les Bains.
The Lac d’Aiguebelette : a remarkable natural environment, the perfect place to recharge your batteries, relax or enjoy nature-based sports and recreational activities
A small emerald-green gem
The lake sits amid a remarkable natural environment, the perfect place to recharge your batteries, relax or enjoy nature-based sports and recreational activities. France’s 3rd largest natural glacial lake, in terms of size, it is situated right at the heart of the Avant-Pays Savoyard region, on the doorstep of the Parc naturel de Chartreuse.
The lake shore and the picturesque triangular-shaped body of water, with its two small islands at the southern end, have all retained their wild and authentic character. The lake boasts an amazing ecosystem and designated conservation areas: 70 hectares of reed beds, meadowlands, humid woodlands and aquatic vegetation guarantee ecological diversity and the quality of the lake’s water. Very popular with anglers, lake Aiguebelette is lined with typical boathouses and anchorages, creating a heritage like no other in Europe. Various protective measures are in place to maintain the purity, serenity and beauty of the water and motorboats are banned from the lake..
The lake’s climate is remarkably mild (the temperature can reach 28° in summer), making it a haven for recreation for people of all ages. On its shores, no fewer than 7 fully equipped beaches, all well maintained and supervised, are ideal swimming sites and offer a wide range of leisure activities.
The Lac Saint André : a paradise for flora and fauna, a very popular spot for anglers and a peaceful and relaxing environment for walkers.
Lake Saint André
A charming oasis on the Route des Vins
Listed as a “grand site” by the Savoie département, lake Saint André nestles at the foot of the colossal Mont Granier precipice, a wonderful sight with its 900 metres of cliffs (some of the highest in France).
Tucked away in the Savoie region’s most extensive wine-producing area, this small lake is a paradise for flora and fauna, a very popular spot for anglers and a peaceful and relaxing environment for walkers. Situated within the Chartreuse regional nature park, it is also a good place for non-supervised swimming.
The Lac Saint André can be easily reached from Chambéry by bike (15 km), by taking the Avenue Verte Sud as far as Saint Jeoire Prieur and then the Route des Vins over the amazing terrain of Les Abymes, with its lakes and scree.
The Lac de La Thuile : one of only a small number of mid-altitude Alpine lakes.
Lake La Thuile
The only natural lake in the Massif des Bauges
At an altitude of 874 m, lake La Thuile is a mainly privately owned Alpine lake at the southern tip of the Massif des Bauges. Modest in size, it lies in a small glacial valley. It is one of only a small number of mid-altitude Alpine lakes between the great lowland lakes (Annecy, Aiguebellette and Bourget) and the high mountain lakes. The sediment found there provides valuable evidence of the history of human settlement in the mid-mountain regions.
The lake’s altitude and mountain climate, which covers the entire Alpine range, mean that in winter it is regularly covered with a sheet of ice up to 20 cm thick. The only natural lake in the Massif des Bauges, and known and protected for its landscape value, it lies in an environment in which urbanisation is voluntarily controlled.
Visitors can enjoy a number of pleasant walks, including a signposted route around the lake. The ridge which surrounds the commune provides a splendid view of the valley. And, beneath the village of Nécuidet, there is a characteristic marsh which has recently been restored!