Discover 8 of the most beautiful lakes in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region

The Rhône-Alpes region is very popular with tourists from France, but also from the rest of the world. In addition to people who go there to practice winter sports, many appreciate its charm during the summer period. Indeed, it is an ideal destination for lovers of hiking and not having to deal with the crowds of the south of France. In addition, this French region is full of magnificent lakes that have nothing to envy of the beaches of the rest of the country. Here is a selection of lakes that are well worth the detour in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.


  • 1. Lake Monteynard
  • 2. Lake Annecy
  • 3. Chambon Lake
  • 4. Robert Lakes
  • 5. Cow Lake
  • 6. Lake Lastioulles
  • 7. The great lake of Laffrey
  • 8. Crozet Lake

1. Lake Monteynard

Among all the lakes to see in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, that of Monteynard stands out particularly. It is actually an artificial water reservoir on the Drac in the middle of nature in the department of Isère. This lake stands out from the others thanks to its colors which seem unreal and its Himalayan footbridges which make you dizzy.

Monteynard Lake
Credits: Wikipedia

2. Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy is also a must-see in the region. Located halfway between the city and nature, this natural lake impresses all tourists who go there. After a visit to the old town of Annecy, nothing better than the comfort of a short swim in these turquoise waters.

Lake Annecy
Credits: Pxhere

3. Chambon Lake

The particularity of Lake Chambon is its volcanic origin. Indeed, it is located in the region of Puy-de-Dôme in the regional park of the Volcanoes of Auvergne. It is ideal for having fun and resting with the family since the waters are supervised during the summer period.

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Chambon Lake
Credits: Wikipedia

4. Robert Lakes

Not far from the Chamrousse ski resort in the Belledonne range are 3 alpine lakes named Robert. Their exceptional setting is deserved, because they are at almost 2000 meters above sea level. Most of the hiking trails that provide access to it are very simple, but can sometimes be long. For example, from Chamrousse, the complete circuit lasts about 3h30.

Robert's Lake
Credits: Pxhere

5. Cow Lake

This time, it is at 2318 meters in the department of Savoie that we find a magnificent lake. This is Lac des Vaches. In the Vanoise National Park, the paths leading to it are grandiose and the panoramas unforgettable.

cow lake
Credits: Wikipedia

6. Lake Lastioulles

Lastioulles Lake is located in Haut-Cantal in Auvergne and is ideal for moments of relaxation. Between nautical activities, fishing or swimming, you will certainly not have time to get bored.

7. The great lake of Laffrey

About 40 minutes from Grenoble, Lake Laffrey allows you to gain altitude and breathe fresh air. In the middle of summer, this destination is one of the most pleasant places to rest and cool off.

great lake of Laffrey
Credits: Wikimedia Commons

8. Crozet Lake

If it is one of the most famous lakes in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, it is in particular for its particularity of resembling a natural infinity pool. Lac de Crozet is located in the Belledonne massif and is rather easy to access. You can very well venture there with your family!

Discover 8 of the most beautiful lakes in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
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I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of this blog, 'Discover the World – The Blog for Curious Travelers.' Join me as we embark on a journey around the world, uncovering beautiful places, diverse cultures, and captivating stories. Additionally, we will delve into mysterious and, at times, even bizarre destinations.

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