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Lac de l'Etape

Enjoy various leisure activities around the lake: pedal boats or rowing boats for hire, kids playground, mini-golf course....

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Le lac des Chavants

Several activities are possible in summer (outside climbing wall, fishing, beach volleyball, games for children) as in winter (cross-country skiing, snowshoes). Lake fishing: trout and whitefish. Occasional entertainment will be provided by the Association.

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Lac de Saint Guérin.

Arèches-Beaufort > St Guérin
1557m in height. This lake has a surface area of 45 hectares. You will appreciate the wild side of this lake !

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Cascade de Pisse-Vache

Matafelon-Granges > Bombois
After crossing the Mailloux plateau, the stream of Bombois cascades down a limestone rockface at the heart of the forest.

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Le Lac du Bourget

Lake Bourget is the biggest natural lake in France.

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Lac de Gers

Samoëns > Place des dents blanchesVillage
In the spring, summer, autumn and winter, the Gers valley is a glorious ode to beauty, an invitation to daydream on the banks of the Gers lake, at an altitude of 1,540 metres in the mountains above Samoens. Tracks left by chamois can be seen in the virgin snow but it is the foundations of the alpine chalets and the Gers refuge that tell the story of the men and women who cultivated the valley. Among them, Marcel and Jean-Maurice Cottet made a significant contribution to making the valley a haven of peace and quiet all year long, a snow-white paradise in the winter that can be reached on foot, on skis, cross-country skis, by snowmobile and by helicopter. Nature lovers congregate here to share moment of deep pleasure, sipping a hot chocolate on the terrace of the valley's only gîte and restaurant, run by Stéphane and Laurence. The Gers valley remains a wild, picturesque and authentic place, with just a few private chalets, the alpine farm and the gîte-restaurant blending harmoniously into the mountainous, lakeland scenery in the heart of a nature reserve. Board sports lovers can reach the valley by a number of means. At dawn, when the mountains turn white, free-riders and free-stylers set off in the fresh, powdery snow, while the downhill skiing aces hurtle down the black Grandes Platières run. Later on in the morning, hikers wrapped up in fur and shod with snowshoes make their way slowly but surely along the long Cascades trail between Faine and Sixt. On December mornings, as the Gers valley starts to turn white, nature, more authentic than ever, waits to welcome you. And on April mornings, as the Gers valley starts to turn green, nature, more authentic than ever, waits to welcome you...

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Cascade de Chedde

Passy > Route des Soudans
This magnificent waterfall used to provide water for the numerous mills and carpenteries in the proximity. The foaming waters are even more spectacular after strong rains.

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Cascade de la Fouge

Cerdon > Place F. Allombert
Two very beautiful waterfalls in rows in a shaded frame offer the possibility of a hike in a canyon along the Morenaz brook. Foresee walking shoes

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Cascade de la Charabotte

Hauteville-Lompnes > Route de Tenay
Cascade made up of three falls of 60, 40 and 15 metres. Extremely photogenic!

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Lac de la Jointine

The lake of La Jointine is ideal for anglers.

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La cascade mystérieuse

Le Grand-Bornand > L'Arbelay
Apart from the visual appeal of this natural curiosity, legend has it that this was the meeting place of a young couple who gave birth to the first bornandins. A discovery which will no doubt add spice to your many walks.

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Lac de Joux Plane

Samoëns > versant sud
The lake, which can be reached by car, is the ideal spot for family outings, fishing and walks through the alpine pastures amongst the grazing cattle. Located between Samoens and Morzine, the lake is a great place to wind down in the gentle mountain countryside. Activities include fishing (permits can be bought on the spot), walking and hiking along the signposted paths and cross-country skiing and snowshoe walks in the winter.

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Cascade de Luizet

Bénonces > Onglas
Situated in a geological circus, the cascade falls from a height of 100m before flowing into the River Pernaz. This runs through a deep gorge before joining the Rhône.

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Lac d'Aiguebelette

Nances > Office de Tourisme du Lac d'Aiguebelette Maison du lac
Nestled in the hollow of the final range of the Jura, Lac d’Aiguebelette is France’s third largest natural lake. A true paradise for relaxing or enjoying outdoor sports (mountain biking, canoeing, rowing, paragliding, climbing, canyoning…)

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Cascade de Glandieu

Saint-Benoît > Glandieu
Located just outside of the village of Saint-Benoît the Glandieu Waterfall is really spectacular with water gushing from 60m above. It is easily accessed by car or bicycle and it can be admired from the road or else the terrace of the café just opposite.

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Cascade de la Belle aux Bois

Megève > Chemin du Maz
The Belle aux Bois waterfall is a cannyoning spot and is accessible from the village centre only in summer. 30 meters high. A footbridge gives an easier view point.

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Lac de la Gittaz.

Beaufort > La Gittaz
1562m in height. This lake in altitude has a suface area of 37 hectares. It contributes to the filling of the lake of Roselend situated 12km from Beaufort.

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Lac des Meinettes

Cheminas > Le Village
Discover the lake of Les Meinettes and its lush green vegetation.

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Lac Bleu

Small mountain lake of 2.5 hectares including a beach with free swimming and large green spaces.

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Lac des Confins

La Clusaz > Les Confins
The Lake of Les Confins offers an exceptional site and a splendid view of the surrounding mountains. It is also the theatre of the famous water-slide challenge "Defi-Foly", competition which closes the winter season. Paths pedestrians and mountain biking around the Lake.

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Lac du Parc de la Tête d'Or - Embarcadère

Lyon-Saint-Exupéry aéroport > Place du Général Leclerc (Entrée principale)
Vast 17 hectare lake for summer boating, starting at the pier built on the south side. There are two tree-planted islands in the northern part of the lake.

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La chaîne des Aravis

A pre alpine limestone range, facing NE-SW, which extends for about 25 km. It has a characteristic shape and is composed of a succession of parallel combes, alternating with summits such as Mont Charvet (2538 m), Mont Fleuri (2511 m), Tardevant (2501 m), Tête de Paccaly (2467 m), Roche Perfia (2499 m), Tête Pelouse (2537 m), Mont Charvin (2407 m) and the highest point, the Pointe Percée (2750 m), for the best known.

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Vallon de la Jarjatte

The valley hosts one family ski resort, hides in the middle of its beech-fir forest, above one mountain hamlet which has retained its original architecture. The Jarjatte is the second classified site in Diois, after the Claps in Luc en Diois, for its picturesque landscapes since January 2012. The limestone summits appear from the forests and form a startling contrast between the 2 worlds: mineral and plant. This mountainous landscape, made with high cliffs and peaks, forms one natural and preserved area. Few equipments, whose the family ski resort, are fit into the landscape.

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Lac de Nantua

Nantua >
Glacial lake with a surface area of 141ha (348 acres) and a depth of up to 43 metres (140ft). Activities include angling, sailing, bathing, pedal boats, water-skiing.

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Lac du Lauvitel

Situated 1530 meters, Lake Lauvitel is the lake in the Massif Ecrins.On accessed from the hamlet of Danchère Venosc to a pleasant walk (about 500 in altitude). The Lauvitel is one of the most beautiful places in Oisans.

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Lac Vert

Passy > 1600 chemin des Parchets
The Lac Vert or Green Lake certainly deserves its name ! Set in an exceptional natural environment, this site is accessible to all the family. The extraordinary transparency of the water allows one to observe the accumulation of trees and plants on the bed of the lake. These elements, combined with the presence of blue-green algae, give the lake its remarkable emerald green colour. Altitude: 1200m. Magnificent view of Mont Blanc

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Lac de Sylans

Today, a paradise for pike anglers; on its banks, you can see the ruins of the former ice factories which sold ice extracted from the lake (until 1917).

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Cascade du Rouget

It can be reached very easily by car, as it is just 6 kms from the village, beyond the Salvagny hamlet (season: spring, summer, autumn). In winter, the road is closed beyond Salvagny, so access is only possible on foot or on snowshoes. Footpath, 1 hour for the round trip. Altitude: 1,000 m.

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Le Léman

Thonon-les-Bains > Rives du Léman
Lake Geneva is Western Europe’s largest lake. Its French name Léman is probably Celtic in origin, changed by Latin with frequent name changes over time: Lacus Lemanus, Lake Geneva or Lake Léman. The lake is crescent-shaped with the north bank and two sides being Swiss and the south bank being French. The border goes through the middle of the lake. The Rhone crosses through the lake from east to west. Many things have made the lake what it is today: Tectonic folding in part of the Great Lake and the action of a Rhone glacier in the Small Lake (between Yvoire and Geneva). It was formed when the Rhone glacier melted after the last ice age almost 15,000 years ago. Key figures and locations: - Length of intersection: 72.8km - Maximum width: 13.8km - Surface area: 582.4km² (348.4km² in Switzerland and 234km² in France) - Altitude: 372m - Maximum depth: 309.7m, coast plus 62.3m between Lausanne and Évian - Total water volume: 89 million m³ Microclimate... Although it is on the edge of the Alps, Lake Geneva has created a microclimate around it due to the sheer amount of water it holds. For example, in Montreux and its immediate surroundings you can see palm trees, agaves and other exotic plants. In winter, the lake uses the heat it has conserved during the summer to make the harsh mountain winter milder. In summer the lake cools its surroundings. Lake Geneva’s wildlife: Fish: Approximately 30 species of fish live together in the lake including: - True fera or féra as it is known locally, 360 tons caught in 2006 (310 tons in 2005). - Perch, which is filleted, 224 tons caught in 2006 (234 tons in 2005). - Pike, 35 tons caught in 2006 (47 tons in 2005, 29 tons in 2004 and 31 tons in 2000). In 1996 a 1.34m long pike was caught in the lake and a 20.5kg pike was caught in March 2004 in the Vaud area. - Lake trout, 11 tons caught in 2006 (17 tons in 2005, 27 tons in 2004). Some specimens can weigh up to 8 or 10 kilos. - The ever popular Arctic char, 14 tons caught in 2006 (17 tons in 2005, 9 tons in 2004, 68 tons in 2000). This fish is very sensitive to global warming as it requires very cold water in order to reproduce. - Crayfish which were released in the lake by mistake in the 80s and have now colonised the waters. This shellfish is very popular for its succulent meat and fishermen’s catch is now supplied to restaurants. - Roach, bleak, carp, burbot, tench, stickleback and many more. Birds: Many birds come to the lake as it is a migration route between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. The 150,000 birds and ducks coming from Scandinavia and even Siberia to spend their winter here include: - the Great Cormorant - the Common Merganser - the Great Crested Grebe - the Common Pochard - the Tufted Duck - and the Eurasian Coot - Along with swans and mallards. Tourism around Lake Geneva: There are lots of tourist attractions around Lake Geneva. On the Swiss coast stands Château de Chillon (Vaud) in a unique romantic setting popularised in written form by Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Héloïse and Byron’s The Prisoner of Chillon. On the Haute-Savoie Chablais coast lies the fortified village of Yvoire (also know as the pearl of Lake Geneva) on a rocky fort, Excenevex Beach and Château de Ripaille. In historical Thonon-les-Bains there are towers, parks and vineyards. The Lavaux vineyards between Vevey and Lutry were classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1997. Visitors can also explore the many sides to life around Lake Geneva by visiting its towns and cities such as Geneva itself, Lausanne, Montreux and Thonon-les-Bains.

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Le lac et la montagne de Pormenaz

Servoz >
In the heart of the natural reserve, the lake of Pormenaz is perched in 1945m of height, in the small massif of Pormenaz who belongs to crystalline "Aiguilles rouges".

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Lac Saint André

Listed as a “grand site” by Savoie Council, the lake can be reached by following the “Route des Vins” wine trail past the tiny lakes and erratic boulders that dot the peculiar hummocky countryside around Les Abymes.

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Lac d'Annecy

Annecy > Centre Bonlieu 1 rue Jean Jaurès
It is possible to admire the landscape from summits, when paragliding or along the cycle path that runs from Annecy to Savoy. Moreover, thanks to numerous protective actions performed for over 40 years, local people and tourists enjoy a protected environment: lake Annecy is considered as one of the purest lakes in Europe. The clearness and pureness of its water offer the opportunity to practice many water activities: swimming, of course, but also sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, water skiing, scuba diving, fishing... Lake Annecy is a perfect place for sports, leisure and also to discover history and local heritage. Stroll around the colourful, paved streets of Annecy's Old town, discover castles and museums, meet local craftspeople... Lake Annecy is also famous for its markets (with local products, cheese and delicatessen) and restaurants (local or gastronomic cuisine, fish and seafood...).

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Chalets et lac d'Armancette

A small alpine lake. Admire the glacier, the view of Mont Joly and the village of les Contamines.

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Lac Genin

Charix >
This pretty mountain lake lies in a clearing surrounded by pines. At an altitude of 831m (2,726ft) and with a surface area of 8ha (20 acres), it is nicknamed "the little Canada of Haut-Bugey".

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le lac de Petétoz

Bellevaux > Petétoz La Chévrerie
A mysterious, fairytale lake nestling higher up in the mountains. A one-hour walk from La Chèvrerie in Bellevaux. Angling permitted.

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Le Lac de Peyre

From Col de la Colombiere, through an impressively beautiful rocky landscape where you must not miss the many ibex, this 1hr30 walk brings you to Peyre Lake (2100m).

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Quai de Ripaille

Thonon-les-Bains > Quai de Ripaille
The Rives bank towers over Lake Geneva and links the port to the communal beach. It is a popular walk for locals and visitors of all ages. Fishermen, walkers, cyclists, joggers and rollerskaters love it for its flowery setting and lake views.

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Etang de Combe Gibert

A lake to be discovered throughout the seasons! This reservoir is used to water the surrounding orchards but it is also used for fishing (2nd category waters). This lake is also the starting point of lots of hiking trails.

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Cascade d'Eilloux

Corbonod > Eilloux
Very beautiful cascade in the woods at the foot of the vineyards of Corbonod. The cascade is on Peysieu Brook before it flows into the Rhône around 1 km further downstream.

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La cascade de Diomaz

Bellevaux > site du lac de Vallon La Chévrerie
In this delightful spot only 30 minutes from lake Vallon, the water flows over the waterfall into natural basins in the rock. At the foot of the cascade is the Carthesians' Cross, carved into the rock to mark the boundary of their land.

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Le Lac de Lessy

From the arête itself a wonderful view opens up over Lake Geneva, the Jura mountains and the Aravis range to Mont Blanc. The lake, at 1730 m, is on the Grande Randonnee no.96.

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Lac de Pormenaz

Passy >
Altitude 1950 m. This lake is situated at the heart of the Pormenaz mountains. The landscape consists of granite rocks and more rounded bowls, peat bogs and small lakes (left behind by the glacier about 10000 years ago. Impressive diversity of flora including many rhododendrons in early summer.

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Lac d'Anterne

Passy >
Altitude 2000 m. Covering an area of 10 hectares, this lake lies at the bottom of an alpine circus surrounded by peaks, north of the Fiz cliff face. Although the surrounding environment appears to be rather wild, marmots and ibex still live here.

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Lac des Fées.

Arèches-Beaufort > Région
1896m in height. This little lake is very enjoyable for a pic-nic with your family on the way of Le Cormet d'Arêches. You also have the possibilty to go by car.

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Lac de la Girotte

Hauteluce > La Girotte
That is why the color of the water is milky. Fishing is possible in this place (with a fishing card).

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La Cascade de Bellevaux

Bellevaux > site de la cascade
Canyoning is popular here, at the waterfall located below the village, near the accropoarc. If it is a relaxing stroll you're after, you can walk on to the covered bridge a bit further on the boarder of the river.

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Lac du Charvin

Manigod > Sous l'Aiguille
The natural lake is located in a magnificient ring at the foot or Mt-Charvin) (2409m) has been set up for fishing. Very beautiful views onto Mt-Blanc and Beaufortain ranges.

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Cascade d'Ardent

Montriond > Ardent
The majestic Ardent waterfall high above Montriond village is half-way between Lake Montriond and Les Lindarets. It's emblematic of the valley, with its spectacular setting that captures the magic and splendour of the area.

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La Cascade aux Biches

Lullin > La Cascade
Located 10 minutes from the church, it is used by deer and other animals as a water supply, hence its name, the “cascade aux biches” (“deers waterfall”).

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Lac d'Amour.

2248m in height. At the foot of La Pierra Menta, this little lake is situated apart of numerous foootpaths. In this magical place, you will discover the clear water of the lake and its névé. Moreover, you will discover a varied flora and lots of fields of nice and white cotton grass.
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