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Lakes with Beaches
As well as
the beaches on the coast there are lakes in the Vendée that have
beaches. Although these beaches are not usually as sandy as the coastal
variety, they nevertheless offer a chance to relax next to the water and
partake in most of the activities that you will find on coastal
The list below has some of the more popular lakes:
Apremont: The damming of the River Vie
has created a large lake where, near the dam, it is possible to swim
and hire boats. There is great fishing along its shores, with
refreshment facilities on site.
Rochereau, here the barrage at Sigournais which dams the river Grand Lay
offers sailing, swimming, a beach and fishing. It is truly a beautiful
expanse of water, and is also a paradise for those who want to walk
around its shores.
Moulin Neuf, here the river Grand Lay has been dammed by the barrage du
l'Angle Guillgnard south west of Chantonnay. It provides a tree lined
lake where you can swim, picnic, fish and ramble in an enchanting and
Château Guibert. The lake de Marillet at Château Guibert was made by the damming of the river Marillet just above Mareuil-sur-Lay. This has made an expanse of water in mainly open countryside which is ideal for boating, fishing and picnics.
Coex. The Lac du Jaunay is a picturesque
lake in a deeply wooded valley which is ideal for boating, fishing and
taking walks. Out of season it attracts large amounts of migrating birds
as well as some that overwinter here. The bridge near la Baudriere is
the only crossing.
Luçon. Les Gufiettes is a nautical centre 3kilometres west of Luçon it has many activities indoors and out.
Mervent Forest. The lakes of the Mervent forest are possibly the most beautiful in the Vendée. The beach by the Base Nautique offers swimming, sailing and canoeing, although it is possible to do these activities almost anywhere on the lake.
Lac de la Tricherie is a pretty lake just outside of the village. It is
very popular during the summer for all manner of water pursuits
including fishing, boating and swimming. There is a restaurant, mini
golf, Adventure Park,
camping as well good walks and picnic areas. The lake attracts large
numbers of ducks and other water fowl during the autumn and winter.
This is a salt water lake with beach at the base Nautique near
Bretignolles and offers safe bathing facilities as well as an excellent
school of sailing. See photos of la Normandeliere
La Roche-sur-Yon. Barrage Moulin Papon. This large lake just above la Roche-sur-Yon is ideal for fishing and sailing as well as rambling.
Talmont St.Hilaire. On
the edge of town is a large leisure lake with good walks and a
children's play area in the shape of castles. The beach by the nautical
centre is ideal for the children and for launching boats, it also has a
good sailing school.
Lac de L'Esperance is a pretty lake where one can swim and relax, it is
a quiet get away and is an ideal stop off for a picnic lunch.
Chassenon-le-Bourg. The Lac de Chassenon
is just outside of Fontenay-le-Comte and has a private beach which is
open to the public during the summer season. This sheltered guarded
beach is ideal for children and you can hire boats and canoes.There are
plans to redevelop this site into one of the biggest water-parks in the
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