Lac de la Cavayere, Carcassonne

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lac de la Cavayère is an artificial lake in the Languedoc-Roussillon région of France, close to the mediaeval town of Carcassonne.

The lake, also known as Carcassonne Plage (in English, Carcassonne Beach), was created by the building of a 23 metre high dam in 1988 after severe forest fires affected the area in 1985. The surface area of the lake, which is fed by the creeks of Montirat, Bazalac and Mitgé, is 180,000 m² and it is 1.5 million cubic metres in volume.

It is a short distance from the town of Carcassonne and has been made into a popular recreation area. Ducks and wildfowl are common and the 400,000 m² surrounding area is notable for a diversity of habitats, flora and fauna.

The beaches slope gently and there are supervised bathing areas. Boats are available for rent and there are picnic areas and a crazy golf course as well as a nearby chateau.

During 2005 the lake was closed to bathing due to strong algal blooms.

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  • We took the bus from Carcassonne centre to the lake, a fifteen minute trip. After a five minute walk we were at the lake side. There are two swimming areas, one sandy, the other pebbles. It...  more »
  • Nature, fresh air, peace and quiet a great area to visit. Three small beach areas, refreshments and public conveniences around the lake, a lovely way to spend a few hours  more »
  • Beautiful lake in nature ruined by building a horrible water park blasting out music and noise. Visitors to the lake are only allowed to swim in a small area which gets busy and crowded. Disappointing.
  • Great water park facility for families. Prices are fair and staff are friendly and helpful. Also has free parking... be mindful that it gets busy from mid-day. Well worth making this activity part of your family holiday if in the region of Carcassone.

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