Lake Paladru is the 5th largest natural lake in France. Remarkable for its beautiful setting and clear waters, Lake Paladru offers you a wide range of sports activities as well as a place of relaxation, for the whole family to enjoy!
Both leisure activities and archaeological treasures can be enjoyed here!
Lake Paladru is a major, underwater, archaeological location, whose fame is not only due to Alain Resnais’s famous film, ‘Same Old Song’!
Archaeological research, which began in the 70s, has revealed a period in history which is still little known to archaeologists: that of Neolithic societies and the early developments of the An Mil Fort.
In fact, in 2700 BC, the shores of the lake welcomed one of the first human communities of the Isère: the Neolithic village of the Bathers. At a later date, the knights of the An Mil Fort settled at the Colletière site.
The importance of findings made during the first archaeological excavation campaign during the 70s, rapidly drove teams, under the leadership of Aimé Bocquet, Michel Colardelle and Erice Verdel, to transform these urgent rescue archaeological interventions into planned excavations. The work of the archaeologists escalated, became more specific and, within a very short space of time, the sites received both national and international recognition. The lake then became a place of experimentation in underwater excavation techniques, as well as a point of reference for the rarity of its findings.
You will discover the findings of these excavations at the Lake Paladru Archaeological Museum in Charavines.
Leisure activities for the family
Mountain biking as a family, sailing, rowing or simply enjoying a picnic and relaxing, all this is at your fingertips!
Remarkable for its beautiful setting and clear waters, Lake Paladru offers you a place of relaxation and many leisure activities!
With its 25 degree waters in mid- summer, swimming is a true delight for both young and old alike! For your safety, swimming in Lake Paladru is only permitted on patrolled beaches.
Visit the "Family" page to find detailed information about activities suitable for all ages!
Did you know?
As well as giving the lake its beautiful turquoise colour, the lake’s chalk (no, no, it’s not sludge!!!), which covers the entirety of its bed, is very beneficial to the skin!
A fisherman’s paradise
The clear waters, with their two 35m pits, provide a habitat for many varieties of fish. Perch and pike for carnivores, as well as whitefish, charr, lake trout, roach, tench and bleak, inhabit the lake in large numbers. What’s more their growth rate is greater than that of fish in other large Alpine lakes.
Fishing is subject to regulations and a fishing permit must be obtained to comply with these. You must pay for the right to boat fish, in addition to your transit log ...Click here for further information: permit rates and transit logs
A little geography…
Lake Paladru was formed in the Ice Age by the powerful Rhône Glacier. Its dimensions, being 6km wide and 1km in length, make it the 5th largest natural lake in France. Located 500m above sea level, at the foot of the Voironnais hills, its waters reach the ideal temperature of 25°C in mid-summer. The average depth of its waters is approximately 30m.
Several areas are classified as ‘protected natural areas’, including Roselière de Colletière and ‘Grands Roseaux’, which are located at the northern most point of the lake. These are the major sites for bird nesting (mallards, swans, coots, great crested grebes) as well as for fish spawning (carp, tench…), and therefore remain inaccessible.
Redevelopment of public areas
The Bois d'Amour, a peaceful, pedestrian area at the water’s edge, has recently undergone redevelopment (conducted by the Urban Community of the Pays Voironnais). It now offers a completely new area, ideal for a stroll on the lakeside, to enjoy panoramic views or even a picnic!