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Lake Serre Ponçon: The Must-Do Activities

Lake Serre Ponçon: What to do when you get there?

Lake Serre Ponçon is an artificial lake between Hautes-Alpes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence near the magnificent French Alps; it’s a perfect example of man and nature coming to an agreement.

The Barrage de Serre-Ponçon, a 125 m earth dam, was finished in 1955 across the Durance River and after flooding the valley, the Serre-Ponçon Lake was created. Today the lake is the biggest artificial lake in Europe and is surrounded by 12 cities that serve as parting points to a huge amount of water, air, and land adventure activities. Its sapphire-colored waters surround the most emblematic landmark of the region: the Chapelle Saint-Michel, a testimony of the region’s past, which once stood on a hill.

The lake is enclaved in the southern part of the magnificent Ecrins National Park, which resembles a fortress with its 150 summits! There, water sports enthusiast feel like home. The currents of the Durance and Ubaye River, which feed Serre-Ponçon, are excellent for practicing rafting. The flow of crystal clear water right after thaw creates exhilarating rapids that you can either ride on a raft or kayak.

It’s easy to associate strong winds with lakes and mountains; Serre-Ponçon is no exception. The winds help kitesurfers rise over the sapphire waters. In the lake beach of Eaux, kitesurfers can experience the best spot in terms of safety and winds or beginners can be taught by one of the experts from the kitesurfing schools. Other aquatic activities include SUP, water ski and sea kayak. Paddling on the immense blue waters of the lake is an excellent stress cleanse and a perfect way to feel one with nature.

Also on the calm waters of Serre-Ponçon, an interesting form of ULM (ultralight aviation) is practiced. Attached to the boat, the ULM thrusts over the lake and takes off in order to explore the region from the air. Imagine the rush of feeling like a Wright brother surrounded by the French Alps and flying over a blue mantel. When you are in the air, you might get to catch other paragliders enjoying the incomparable sights of the woods.

Ecrins National Park gives the best scenery for hiking excursions among the woods. Feeling the soft breeze coming from the lake, the fresh smell of the trees and the gentle sun on your skin will surely make your time in Serre-Ponçon an everlasting memory. Discover little villages on your way up the mountains and hike through flower-covered pastures during the summer.

If you want to experience more rushing activities, mountain biking is an excellent option. The complex geography has created excellent adrenaline drenched trails for you to discover at full speed. If the pedaling is not your thing, you can always ride a 4x4 or quad!

During winter, the region gets covered with a beautiful white coat, yet Serre-Ponçon’s sports offer does not end; snow and ice sports become available. The woods change into the perfect spot for snowshoeing in Valle de la Blanche or Valle de l’Ubaye. Also, waterfalls freeze and become the perfect playground for ice-climbers from around the world to polish their skills and conquer the mountain.  

You can come in summer or winter, but you will confirm what thousands of adventure enthusiasts suggest: the beauty of the Serre-Ponçon Lake is so overwhelming is hard to explain with words…the perfect advice is: experience it!

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Around Lake Serre Ponçon

Embrun
3 activities
Les Orres
6 activities
Risoul, La Forêt Blanche
11 activities
Vars, La Forêt Blanche
12 activities
Gap
6 activities
Pra Loup, Espace Lumière
7 activities
Eygliers
1 activity
Tallard
1 activity
Ecrins National Park
3 activities
Vallouise
1 activity
Queyras
3 activities
Serre Chevalier
20 activities
Briançon, Serre-Chevalier
7 activities
Briancon
2 activities
Laragne-Montéglin
2 activities
Sisteron
2 activities
Monetier, Serre-Chevalier
3 activities
Auron
1 activity
Les Deux Alpes
6 activities
La Grave
8 activities
Mercantour National Park
11 activities
Valberg
1 activity
Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine
8 activities
Alpe d'Huez
5 activities
Albiez-Montrond, Les Sybelles
2 activities
Valfréjus, Haute Maurienne
4 activities
Chamrousse
9 activities
Verdon Gorge
60 activities
Le Corbier, Les Sybelles
1 activity
Les Sybelles
3 activities
Les 7 Laux
9 activities
Val Thorens
1 activity
Val Thorens, Les Trois Vallées
10 activities
Chartreuse Mountains
3 activities
Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse
1 activity
Saint-Hilaire, Isère
1 activity
Grenoble
31 activities
Val Cenis, Haute Maurienne
7 activities
Saillans
1 activity
Mont Ventoux
6 activities
Meribel
2 activities
Allevard
9 activities
Bessans, Haute Maurienne
9 activities
Courchevel, Les Trois Vallées
7 activities
Valmorel, Le Grand Domaine
3 activities
Moûtier, Les Trois Vallées
1 activity
Bonneval-sur-Arc, Haute Maurienne
5 activities
Alpii Maritimi
2 activities
La Plagne, Paradiski
9 activities
La Plagne
1 activity
Breil-sur-Roya
20 activities
Tignes
1 activity
Tignes, Espace Killy
30 activities
Val d'Isère, Espace Killy
11 activities
Val d'Isère
1 activity
Montgirod Centron
8 activities
Nice
36 activities
Turin
2 activities
Cannes
15 activities
Rocchetta Nervina
1 activity
Chamoux-sur-Gelon
1 activity
Chambéry
11 activities
Les Arcs, Paradiski
12 activities
Les Arcs
3 activities
Monaco
10 activities
Cap-d'Ail
1 activity
Antibes
21 activities
Fréjus
8 activities
Massif des Bauges
3 activities
Le Cannet-des-Maures
1 activity
Albertville
4 activities
Gran Paradiso National Park
4 activities
Valgrisenche
1 activity
Aix-en-Provence
3 activities
Aix-les-Bains
4 activities
Lake Bourget, Aix les Bains
12 activities
Sanremo
2 activities
Les Saisies
3 activities
La Thuile
1 activity
Avignon
1 activity
San Lorenzo al Mare
1 activity
Courmayeur
6 activities
Megève
1 activity
Megève, Evasion Mont Blanc
10 activities
Gémenos
1 activity
Imperia
1 activity
Val d'Arly
1 activity
Liguria
2 activities
Aosta Valley
33 activities
La Clusaz, Massif des Aravis
9 activities
La Clusaz
1 activity
Annecy
75 activities
Le Grand-Bornand, Massif des Aravis
4 activities
Le Grand-Bornand
2 activities
Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer
4 activities
Marseille
3 activities
Serrières-de-Briord
1 activity
Chamonix Mont-Blanc
80 activities
Toulon
3 activities
Toulon
3 activities
Ardeche
52 activities
Hyeres
31 activities
Cassis
2 activities
Thorens-Glières
1 activity
Martigues
5 activities
Calanques
7 activities
Flaine, Le Grand Massif
13 activities
Uzès
3 activities
Magland
1 activity
Les Carroz, Le Grand Massif
4 activities
Mont Bouquet
1 activity
Samoëns, Le Grand Massif
10 activities
Mieussy
1 activity
Lyon
3 activities
Saint-Jeures
2 activities
Les Gets
1 activity
Les Gets, Portes du Soleil
8 activities
Gard
4 activities
Annemasse
2 activities
Morzine, Portes du Soleil
17 activities
Verbier
16 activities
Arolla
2 activities
Geneva
8 activities
Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil
6 activities
Gressoney
4 activities
Alagna Valsesia
23 activities
Châtel
2 activities
Châtel, Portes du Soleil
1 activity
Zermatt
7 activities

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              Lake Serre Ponçon: What to do when you get there?

              Lake Serre Ponçon is an artificial lake between Hautes-Alpes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence near the magnificent French Alps; it’s a perfect example of man and nature coming to an agreement.

              The Barrage de Serre-Ponçon, a 125 m earth dam, was finished in 1955 across the Durance River and after flooding the valley, the Serre-Ponçon Lake was created. Today the lake is the biggest artificial lake in Europe and is surrounded by 12 cities that serve as parting points to a huge amount of water, air, and land adventure activities. Its sapphire-colored waters surround the most emblematic landmark of the region: the Chapelle Saint-Michel, a testimony of the region’s past, which once stood on a hill.

              The lake is enclaved in the southern part of the magnificent Ecrins National Park, which resembles a fortress with its 150 summits! There, water sports enthusiast feel like home. The currents of the Durance and Ubaye River, which feed Serre-Ponçon, are excellent for practicing rafting. The flow of crystal clear water right after thaw creates exhilarating rapids that you can either ride on a raft or kayak.

              It’s easy to associate strong winds with lakes and mountains; Serre-Ponçon is no exception. The winds help kitesurfers rise over the sapphire waters. In the lake beach of Eaux, kitesurfers can experience the best spot in terms of safety and winds or beginners can be taught by one of the experts from the kitesurfing schools. Other aquatic activities include SUP, water ski and sea kayak. Paddling on the immense blue waters of the lake is an excellent stress cleanse and a perfect way to feel one with nature.

              Also on the calm waters of Serre-Ponçon, an interesting form of ULM (ultralight aviation) is practiced. Attached to the boat, the ULM thrusts over the lake and takes off in order to explore the region from the air. Imagine the rush of feeling like a Wright brother surrounded by the French Alps and flying over a blue mantel. When you are in the air, you might get to catch other paragliders enjoying the incomparable sights of the woods.

              Ecrins National Park gives the best scenery for hiking excursions among the woods. Feeling the soft breeze coming from the lake, the fresh smell of the trees and the gentle sun on your skin will surely make your time in Serre-Ponçon an everlasting memory. Discover little villages on your way up the mountains and hike through flower-covered pastures during the summer.

              If you want to experience more rushing activities, mountain biking is an excellent option. The complex geography has created excellent adrenaline drenched trails for you to discover at full speed. If the pedaling is not your thing, you can always ride a 4x4 or quad!

              During winter, the region gets covered with a beautiful white coat, yet Serre-Ponçon’s sports offer does not end; snow and ice sports become available. The woods change into the perfect spot for snowshoeing in Valle de la Blanche or Valle de l’Ubaye. Also, waterfalls freeze and become the perfect playground for ice-climbers from around the world to polish their skills and conquer the mountain.  

              You can come in summer or winter, but you will confirm what thousands of adventure enthusiasts suggest: the beauty of the Serre-Ponçon Lake is so overwhelming is hard to explain with words…the perfect advice is: experience it!

              See more

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