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Lake Haute Mayenne

Early in the morning,the mist rises from the lake - a dreamlike scene

Nature lovers should make sure they have their cameras ready to capture those perfect moments.

Lake Haute Mayenne is nearly 6 km long, and offers hiking, horse riding and mountain biking tours. Nearby, there is access to the Vélo Francette cycle path, the green way, between Anthenaise and Ambrières-les-Vallées, and the Vélo-Rail at Saint-Loup-du-Gast, which you can find out more about below.

La Haie-Traversaine water sport centre has dinghies, windsurf equipment, stand up paddle and other gear for hire. At Vaux Recreation Park you can rent canoes, kayaks, pedaloes, and there is a big swimming pool where lounging on the sunbeds is strongly recommended!

If, for you, the water is rather synonymous with fishing, you'll enjoy the pleasure of hunting out a variety of fish species. Pike, perch, and carp inhabit the lake as well as the rivers that feed it—the Mayenne, the Colmont and the Varenne.

Picnic spots, children's playgrounds, horse riding, tandems, mini-golf and lots more facilities to really make you feel you're on holiday. A wide range of accommodation ensures you find the best place to stay.


The history of Lake Haute Mayenne, and the dam that formed it
The Lake covers around eighty acres, representing a water volume of 3.2 million cubic metres. The lake was formed by the construction a dam between 1975 and 1978 in the municipality of Saint-Fraimbault-de-Prières.

The dam
The dam's objective was to regulate the often low flow rate of the Mayenne river, in order to ensure drinking water supplies to local communities. In 1969, the Departmental Directorate of Agriculture carried out the first implantation studies. The site was justified by the presence of a very steep slope on the right bank and a rocky outcrop on the left bank. On May 15, 1972 the General Council of the Mayenne decided to go ahead with the project. In 1984 a hydroelectric plant was created. The dam is 210 metres long and its maximum height is 15.5 metres (including its foundations).

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