Where to swim in the Alps in summer
Eco-friendly Combloux Lake (Haute-Savoie)
This swimming area in the heart of the village, facing the Mont Blanc, offers not only a breathtaking panorama but it is also the first ecological water area open to swimming in France. Here, there is no need for chlorine or salt, the 1,500 m² of water are being regenerated naturally by some 10,000 aquatic plants, while the water is heated by the sun’s rays, with a water temperature that oscillates between 19 ° C and 26 ° C. Access is restricted to 700 entries per day to allow plants to perform their job.
Arrondine Lake in Flumet (Savoie)
Nestled below the village, near the Arrondine river, this tree-bordered lake has almost a wild mountain lake feel to it. It will seduce you with its grassy beaches, its picnic area with “countryside” tables, its terrace bars and its children’s games located nearby. The swimming is supervised from 12h to 18h. The adjoining parking costs two euros, but access to the lake itself is free.
Annecy Lake (Haute-Savoie)
14.6 km long, with a width of between 800 and 3350 meters and a perimeter of 38 km, Annecy Lake (446 meters high) is the second-largest glacial lake in France (after the Bourget Lake). It is renowned for being one of the cleanest in the world, thanks in particular to the construction, beginning in the late 1950s, of 66 wastewater treatment plants. It remains the main source of drinking water supply in the city of Annecy. The average water temperature in July is 22 ° C, and there are no fewer than 12 beaches around its perimeter. There are traditional water sports (sailing, water skiing, pedal boating, kayaking, etc.), but also some more unusual, like the popular paddleboard, which consists of paddling standing on a surfboard!
Bourget Lake (Savoie)
According to legend, this lake was born from the tears of an angel to whom God had asked to leave the Northern Alps. From a more scientific point of view, it is of glacial origin. Its formation results, among other things, from the meeting of the Rhone and Isère glaciers which filled with water after the last glaciation about 19 000 years ago. It is the largest natural lake in France: 18 km long, 1.6 to 3.5 km wide, with an average depth of 85 meters (maximum 145 meters). Located at an altitude of 240 meters, its average temperature is 23 ° C in July and can rise to 26 ° C. It enjoys the label “France Water Resort”, the guarantee of effective organization in terms of reception, accommodation and leisure. Nautical activities are numerous: sailing (16 marinas around the lake), rowing, canoeing, fishing, diving, water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing or even diving.
Llettes Lake in Sallanches (Haute-Savoie)
In Sallanches, no less than three lakes offer bathing and other water activities. Each lake is thought for a particular practice. The first, 242 meters long, is reserved for fishermen, who will find wild trout and rainbow trout, carp, pike, roach, tench, chevenna, crayfish, veron and frogs. The second one (450 meters long) is open from 12.30 am to 6.30 pm in July and August, as well as numerous facilities (outdoor shower, boules and volleyball courts, fitness trail, picnic areas and barbecue). The third lake (515 meters long) is for its part dedicated to windsurfers, who will find there one of the best windsurf spots in Haute-Savoie.
Pontet Lake in Les Contamines-Montjoie (Haute-Savoie).
Located in the heart of Le Pontet leisure area, this lake offers 500 square meters of supervised bathing area in a protected area of 30 hectares. For sunbathing, you have the choice between the lawn and the sandy beach. Want to get active? You can rent boats and pedal boats, or try the many activities found in the park: trampoline, acrobatic course, miniature golf, inflatable structures for children, etc …
Les Lac Lakes in Bessans (Savoie)
Situated 2.5 km from the village of Bessans, this leisure area is made up of two lakes: one reserved for fishing and the other suitable for swimming, which is supervised in July and August from 11:30 am to 17:30. Kayak initiation courses are also organized. Please note that a picnic area is available for visitors.