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15 Lake/ River/ Ponds to Explore in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

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Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is a region of east-central France, created in 2016 through administrative reorganisation from Burgundy and Franche-Comté.It is well known for its rich history and diverse scenery, the region stretches from the rolling Burgundy wine country in the west, to the Jura mountains and Swiss border in the east.

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Lake/ River/ Ponds to Explore in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Briare Canal

The canal is one of the country’s oldest manmade waterways, built between 1602 and 1642. It connects the valleys of the Seine and the Loire. This canal is renowned as one of the favourite places for a barge cruise as well as being a highly impressive feat of engineering. It is also one of the main water sources of the area and also it is a good place to spend some leisure time in the banks of this canal.

Kir Lake

Kir Lake is one of the most beautiful artificial lakes in France. Named after Canon Felix Kir, mayor of Dijon. VIsitors ahs the opportunity to walk around the lake, fishing, and swimming are also allowed here. One of the scenic locations in this area and it attracts a lot of people here.

Lac d'Ilay

The lake Ilay is a natural glacial lake in the wild appearance. This lake will surprise you with its turquoise-colored surroundings on a clear day and its cliffs in the background. Swimming is prohibited here. Yo9u can enjoy the natural beauty and spend some time on the banks of this river. It is elongated in shape

Lac de Chalain

This superb natural lake of glacial origin is fed by the Lac de Narlay and flows into the River Ain via the Bief d'OEuf. It is the most beautiful and impressive of all the Jura's lakes. It has also been the focus of national archaeological interest since digs in 1904 brought to light lakeside pile dwellings at the site. One of the nice locations for a picnic and also trekking is possible in these surroundings.

Lac de Malsaucy

Lac de Malsaucy is a lake in the Territoire de Belfort, Franche-Comté, France. The lake with a surface of is 0.64 km² shared by three communes: Evette-Salbert, Lachapelle-sous-Chaux and Sermamagny. The rock festival Eurockéennes is held each July on a peninsula on the lake.

Lac de Pannecière

The Lake Pannecière or reservoir-lake Pannecière-Chaumard is an artificial lake located in the department of Nièvre in Burgundy, Franche-Comté, in the western part of the natural region of Morvan. Its surface area is 520 hectares, with a capacity of 82.5 hm . It is located at the confluence of the Yonne and the Houssière. It is thus both the oldest and the smallest of the great lakes of the Seine and the largest and one of the most recent great lakes of the Morvan.

Lac de Saint-Point

The Saint-Point lake is the third biggest natural lake in France. A pleasant footpath takes you the whole way round it. Nestling on the lakefront, the summer resort of Malbuisson offers numerous activities for holidaymakers. canoeing, windsurfing and boat trips are available at its water sports base.

Lac de Vouglans

The Lac de Vouglans is the reservoir of the hydro-electric power station at Vouglans on the River Ain in the département of Jura in the region of Franche-Comté in eastern France. The lake lies on Jurassic rock crushed into the north to south ridges by the Alpine orogeny. The lake is arranged for tourism with view-points scattered through the woods which cover the hillsides along its shores and places set up for bathing and boating.

Lac des Rousses

Lac des Rousses is a lake in Les Rousses. The lake drains through the Orbe into Lac de Joux. The lake of Les Rousses is surrounded by bogs which give the site a remarkable biological value. You can also discover the typical flora and fauna of the Haut-Jura peat bogs by walking a thematic trail along the lake. One of the nice place to spend some free time and you can enjoy the natural beauty of this area.

Lac des Settons

Lac des Settons is a reservoir in Nièvre, France, with a surface area of 3.67 km2. It is supplied mainly by the River Cure and is situated at the heart of the Morvan Regional Natural Park, in Nièvre. The lake is found south of the town Montsauche-Les-Suttons. It is one of the Great Lakes of the Morvan. The dam became a listed site in 1937. The lake then became a popular leisure destination. In 1956 the first camping site opened for business, whilst the hotels increased in number.

Le Hérisson

The Hedgehog is a river in the Jura massif, in France, in the French Jura Lakes Region and a tributary of the Ain, therefore a sub-tributary of the Rhône. The stream then joins the lower valley, jumping nearly 300 meters of vertical drop over 3 kilometers, constituting the Hérisson 2 waterfalls. Various belvederes and a walking path allow you to follow the successive falls.

Morvan Regional Natural Park

Morvan Regional Natural Park is a protected area of woodlands, lakes, and traditional farmland in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of central France. It covers a total area of 285,000 hectares and extends through four different departments with the majority being in Nièvre. The area was officially designated as a regional natural park in 1970. One of the nice trekking destinations and also a picnic spot.


A beautiful river in central France which was the right tributary of the Loire. It flows through the département of Nièvre. One of the main water sources of the area and people spends time on the banks of this river by fishing and so more activities.


The Ouche is a river in the Côte-d'Or department in eastern France. It is a right tributary of the Saône, which it joins in Échenon. It is 95.4 km long. Its source is in Lusigny-sur-Ouche. The Ouche flows through the towns of Bligny-sur-Ouche, La Bussière-sur-Ouche, Fleurey-sur-Ouche, Velars-sur-Ouche, Dijon, Longvic and Varanges. Part of the Canal de Bourgogne runs through the Ouche valley One of the nice picnic location and also you can have a swim in the river and also fishing too.

Rhone–Rhine Canal

The Canal du Rhône au Rhin, built between 1784 and 1833, is a magnificently scenic route through the Jura, with wooded cliffs and blueish ranges of hills in the background. The canal links the Saône at Saint-Symphorien, 4km upstream of the junction with the Canal de Bourgogne at Saint-Jean-de-Losne, to the upper Rhine at Niffer. The length of the canal is 237km. One of the main water resources in this area and also a nice picturesque location.

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