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9 Lake/ River/ Ponds to explore in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes


The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes administrative region covers an area of 69 711 km2 in the centre and east of the south of France. It is a collection of regions of diverse topographies, climates, natural resources, cultures, folklore, architecture, and languages.

Allée des Grandes Jorasses
Allée des Grandes JorassesAllée des Grandes Jorasses, 73000 Chambéry, France

Grandes Jorasses are a group of granite peaks located on the northern side of the Mont Blanc range, on the border between Italy and France. Although all its faces are amazing, its 1.200-meter north wall is the biggest challenge for climbers. The climb to the highest peak of the Grandes Jorasses is a technically demanding route, over ice and rocks.

Argentière Glacier
Argentière GlacierArgentière Glacier, 74400 Chamonix, France

The Argentière glacier is located in the Mont Blanc massif. It overlooks the village of Argentière. This glacier covers an area of 19 km² and an altitude range from 1600 m to 3600 m on a North aspect. Satellite images from various years give a birds’ eye view of the great river of ice retreating further into the mountains.

Gorges du Fier
Gorges du Fier30 Rue du Pont des Liasses, 74330 Lovagny, France

The Gorges du Fier are a remarkable natural curiosity of France, in Haute-Savoie: a very narrow and deep gorge that can be visited thanks to a footbridge fixed to the side of the rock, built-in 1869 by the Annecy architect Marius Vallin and Listed since 1943. This gorge was cut by the powerful Fier torrent in the town of Lovagny, some eleven kilometers west of Annecy.

Lac Blanc
Lac BlancLac Blanc, 74400 Chamonix, France

Located in the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve, one of the most beautiful mountain lakes, famous for its unique panorama facing the Mont-Blanc massif. Lac Blanc sits next to a welcoming refuge, and while hiking you will likely see Ibex and marmots in the surrounding nature reserve. One of the best picnic location and you can do so many activities in and around this place.

Lac d'Aiguebelette
Lac d'AiguebeletteLac d'Aiguebelette, France

Lake Aiguebelette is the main body of water in the Savoyard Foreland. About ten kilometers from Chambéry, it has an area of ​​545 hectares making it the seventh-largest natural lake in France. the site has several beaches developed and it is a well-known tourist attraction in this area. Motorboats are not allowed on the lake to preserve the silence and wildlife along the lake.

Lac du Bourget
Lac du BourgetLac du Bourget, France

Lac du Bourget, also locally known as Lac Gris or Lac d'Aix, is a lake at the southernmost end of the Jura Mountains in the department of Savoie, France. It is the deepest lake located entirely within France, and either the largest or second-largest after Lac de Grand-Lieu depending on the season. The lake is meromictic, meaning that it has layers that do not mix.

Lake Annecy
Lake AnnecyLake Annecy, France

The pristine Lac d’Annecy, one of the largest lakes in France, sits among snow-capped mountains and is known as the cleanest lake in Europe. Lake Annecy has options like paddleboarding, scuba diving, and catamaran and yacht rentals with the Annecy Sailing Regatta Society. When visiting in summer, there are plenty of sandy or grassy beaches dotted along the picturesque lake, and also you can have a swim in this crystal clear water.

Mont Cenis Lake
Mont Cenis LakeMont Cenis Lake, 73480 Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis, France

Lake Mont Cenis, in the Savoie, on the plateau of the same name, was built on the road between Lyon and Turin, and on a site that for a long time was a point of passage between France and Italy. the lake was created in the 1960s following the construction of a hydroelectric dam. bathing is prohibited here but you can have a beautiful but demanding hike, which also includes its banks.

Route des Grandes Alpes
Route des Grandes AlpesRoute des Grandes Alpes, Les Gets, France

The Route des Grandes Alpes is a tourist itinerary through the French Alps between Lake Geneva and the French Riviera passing over all the high passes of the Alps within France. The lowest pass in altitude on the route of the Route des Grandes-Alpes is the Èze pass with an altitude of 507 meters the highest being the Iseran at 2,770 m.

Map of Lake/ River/ Ponds to explore in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes