Randonneuse au bord d'un lac de Haute Charente © Max Coquard - Bestjobers
Lacs de Haute-Charente © Charentes Tourisme

The lakes of Haute-Charente

For a refreshing pause along the Scandibérique

They may have unassuming country names, Lavaud and Mas Chaban, but the lakes of Haute-Charente have a major role to play, helping regulating the flow of the Charente River during periods when water levels are low. In the heart of the Charente Limousine, an area characterized by hedge-divided fields and chestnut forests, this lakes area is a joy for those seeking green holidays and for cyclists after a peaceful haven along the Scandibérique. Choose from fishing, sailing, canoeing and windsurfing, or simply sunbathe on La Guerlie’s fine sandy beach.

Beside Lavaud Lake, La Foucherie Observatory, built on posts, has binoculars for observing the ballet of migrating birds and birds permanently based in the Charente, plus there are themed trails along the shore. A few minutes from the lakes, Cassinomagus archaeological park plunges visitors into a completely different era – Roman Gaul! Visiting the best-preserved Roman baths in France comes highly recommended for passing cyclists!


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