The 6 great lakes of Morvan
The Morvan mountains are only 2 hours away from Paris, and have everything you need for a relaxing break. On the north side of the regional natural park, you can go walking around the big lakes or try out some water sports on the calm waters. Looking for a change of scenery? At the lakes of Morvan, you'll instantly feel far from the stresses of your daily routine!
Lac des Settons
The furthest south of the Morvan lakes was created in 1861 to provide water for the timber trade. This is one of the main steps on the Great Morvan Crossing on a MTB (GTM in French), between Avallon and Autun.
Lac de Pannecière
Since the major flood of 1910, Pannecière lake and Chaumeçon reservoir have been regulating the waters of the Yonne and the Seine.
Lac de Saint-Agnan
At the heart of the Morvan Regional Natural Park, Saint-Agnan is the most recent artificial lake. It provides drinking water to around thirty villages.
Lac du Crescent
There are no water sports available on this lake, and so the peaceful atmosphere is ideal for swimming here in the summer.
Lac de Chaumeçon
This lake is a popular place for water sports, such as rowing and canoeing, and it is also a great fishing spot.
Lac de Chamboux
This lake can be found near the little town of Saulieu, and is a very pleasant place for walking.
A wild natural area to explore
There are hiking trails here of varying distance, as well as a range of horse-riding trails. Come and admire the contrasting scenery as you go fishing, swimming or mountain biking. The waters of Pannecière lake are full of fish and surrounded by woodland, forests and steep banks. The sunsets in Saint-Agnan will almost make you feel like you're in Ireland.
The Maison du Parc de Saint-Brisson is in a natural, protected and historic setting. Wander along the discovery trails before stopping off to visit the Maison des Hommes et des Paysages, the Ecomusée du Morvan or the Musée de la Résistance.
A closer look at Lac Kir near Dijon
This is the ideal place to come and cool off and have fun near Dijon: afternoons of swimming surrounded by greenery, picnics in the shade, leisure activities, a hiking trail, a campsite and some great water sports such as canoeing, sailing, water skiing and pedalo boats!
Other lakes in Burgundy
There are other lakes in Burgundy in protected environments that are ideal for relaxing, with shaded shores, calm and fresh waters, perfect for fishing and water-based activities.