7 Man-made Lakes to Explore in France

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Man-made Lakes to Explore in France

Lac de Serre-Ponçon

Lac de Serre-Ponçon is the second largest artificial lake in Europe with an area of 3,000 hectares.

Lac de Tolla

The lake of Tolla is a Corsican dam lake in the department of Corse-du-Sud, on the Prunelli located at an altitude of 552 m 2 , near the town of Tolla to the east of Ajaccio. It is an artificial lake, created by an EDF dam built-in 1958-1960, and put into service in 1965. These shores have been designed to create leisure areas, pedal boats, boats, fishermen, thatched huts, beach.

Lac de Vassivière

The Vassivière lake is a French artificial lake of 9.76 km, which was created by building a dam on the Maulde to the release of his valley framed by two hills, at the place ideal for building a dam. The largest body of water in Limousin and one of the largest artificial lakes in France, it is located northwest of the Millevaches plateau, in a thick forest, separated in two by the departments of Creuse and of Haute-Vienne, and near theCorrèze.

Lac du Val-Joly

" ValJoly " is - in the north of France - both the name of an artificial lake of 180 hectares built shortly before 1970 and that of the nautical base and the leisure center which were built there. It was created with a dam to help regulate the flow of the Helpe Majeure, and also as a hydropower source. This place also has a collection of Flora and fauna. One of the nice locations in this area and also you can spend a nice time there.

Lake Der-Chantecoq

The lake Der-Chantecoq is a lake in the North East of France. It is located in the Grand Est region, on the border between the departments of Marne and Haute-Marne. It was designed to protect Paris from flooding and It is also the largest artificial lake in Europe. It has a large variety of flora and fauna surrounding this lake and you can spend some nice time on the banks of this reservoir. You can have a boat ride and also fishing is possible here.

Lake Guerlédan

The biggest artificial lake in Brittany which was built between 1923 and 1930, to supply power to the dam of the same name. One of the nice place for a picnic and It is open for leisure activities and bathing. To the west of the lake, the surrounding becomes wilder and there are several hiking trails too which comprises many viewpoints too.

Lake of Sainte-Croix

The Lake of Sainte-Croix is an eyecatching man-made lake that was formed by the construction, between 1971 and 1974 of a reinforced-concrete arch dam by the name of the dam of Sainte-Croix. It is fed by the Verdon at the outlet of the Verdon Gorge. The lake is approx. 10 km long and at its widest point approx. 3 km wide.

Map of Man-made Lakes to explore in France