A Lake of volcanic origin in only half an hour drive from Clermont-Ferrand or Saint Nectaire. A refreshing place that offers you a nice walk in the mountains Dore.
By 1200 meters of altitude the Lake is located in the old crater of a volcano (More commonly known as a maar). With a surface area of 15 hectares and a depth of 26 meters it is one of the most beautiful lakes of Auvergne.
Walk on the path
Count about 30 minutes on foot to make the circle complete without pause. If you want to take the time to enjoy the scenery, you document using panels, count rather an hour. Thus cross the hulks of wood, enjoy the shade of the forest, Discover the history and the life of the Lake through the texts and explanatory diagrams scattered throughout the course.
Due to the high influx of visitors, a circuit circling the Lake has been converted. Several parking you allow you to Park, they are located a few minutes walk and allow the site to keep its original aspect.
Circular in shape (Crater requires), bordered to the South by the mountains of the Combe Perret and the Sioule in the East.
Walkers generally spend a peaceful moment, in the summer some come along there sunbathing, in winter this is snowshoeing or cross-country skiing you can stroll there.
Many explanatory signs are there to inform about the site and awareness of the means put in place in order to preserve this fragile space. From infrastructure to consolidate the banks, passing through small pontoons to prevent damaging the bogs until the scales to jump fences. Many bins are also available to avoid degradation of the environment.
ATTENTION : It is forbidden to bathe, to make boating or again to make fires.
For great hikers : Note that this is the place of crossing between the GR30 and the GR441.
Take a map to go fishing
Fishermen will find trout (Rainbow and fario) and char, the Lake is private, It is managed by the the Michelin staff fishing company. For fishing you will need to purchase a daily or year-round card, Why make yourself in one of the sales points :
Directly on the spot across the main parking lot at the Lake Cafe, This coffee which is also steps cottage opens its doors from 8 h 30, caution it is closed Thursday before the month of may, give a call before go you : 04 73 65 93 63.
Venue also in Aubière in Pacific fishing (43 Avenue of Roussillon,
04 73 28 05 05) or at the late fisherman(88 Avenue Ernest Cristal, 04 73 28 90 51), at the Clermont-Ferrand Decathlon (La Pardieu), Camping Haute Sioule to Saint Bonnet of Orcival, at the Inn of the small Baladou to Pessade.
Getting there by car ?
From Clermont-Ferrand, follow the national 89 then the cowl-necked take the direction of the Gonzales pass, the Lake is then reported.
From Saint-Nectaire, direction Le Vernet Sainte Marguerite, then Saliba cold, the Lake will be then shown.