Like the Jura Mountains, the Haut-Bugey is home to some of the most beautiful natural lakes in the Ain. An inexhaustible source of very "natural" leisure activities for swimming, hiking, fishing or mountain biking. Discover it!
The lake of Nantua, a fresh break at the water's edge
In the Jura Mountains, in the village of Nantua, close to Camping du Signal, Nantua Lake is the largest natural lake in the Ain department (141 ha). Of glacial origin, this lake in the Jura massif is a real jewel, classified as a protected natural site since 1936. Its waters vary from blue to dark green, set in a setting of limestone cliffs.
In the hottest hours of the summer, people come here for supervised swimming in July and August. You can choose between the Albert Griot beach on the north shore and the Colonne beach on the south shore. Water sports are also in the spotlight. The water sports stadium offers a variety of activities such as sailing, canoeing, pedal boats and water skiing. There are also picnic areas and playgrounds for children.
Fishing enthusiasts, especially carp anglers, can enjoy a peaceful day at the lake and catch some great fish. As for hikers, they can walk around the lake of Nantua on a nice 7 km loop. All the ingredients are there for a great day out with family and friends.
Lake Sylans, a fisherman's paradise
Nestled in the communes of Le Poizat-Lalleyriat and Les Neyrolles, Lake Sylans is a peaceful place, ideal for a family walk in the heart of nature. A listed site since 1909, the Sylans lake covers an area of 50 hectares, 2 km long and 250 m wide.
The only activity practised on the lake is fishing (2nd category water body), with a wide variety of fish: pike, carp, bream, whitefish. In summer, the lake of Sylans welcomes a whole armada of boats and float-tubes. It is also possible to fish for carp at night at the place called "la glacière".
On the west side of the lake, you can see the ruins of the old ice factories that used to sell the ice extracted from the lake until 1917. Thanks to rail transport, the ice was exported to Lyon, Paris, Marseille and even Algiers!
Lake Genin, a natural jewel with a Canadian feel
Perched at an altitude of 850 m, in the hollow of the Haut Bugey mountains, in the commune of Charix, Lake Genin is nicknamed "the Little Canada of Haut-Bugey". Hidden in the middle of a clearing surrounded by fir trees, this 60-hectare water and green setting has been classified as a "natural and picturesque site" since 1935.
In summer, the beach is supervised. Children can splash around in the water in complete safety. It is also an ideal picnic spot for families. Alternatively, the Auberge du Lac offers traditional regional dishes for you to enjoy. Afterwards, there is nothing like a short walk to digest. There are three signposted routes of 8, 18 and 26 km for walkers, which are accessible on foot, but also by bike.
In winter, you can go skating. The more frosty can also try ice diving, an unusual and unusual activity! You can also try snowshoeing around the lakes and their surroundings.
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