Lakes of the High Charente

Nature lovers will enjoy an excursion to the Lake District of the Haute-Charente (Upper Charente district), a popular destination among French families. The pleasant bucolic scenery makes the Haute-Charente Lake District a wonderful spot for picnics and camping.

There are two large lakes ideal for boating and water skiing, as well as for swimming and relaxing by the water. Situated near the town of Chabanais, the lakes Lavaud (the biggest) and Mas Chaban are close together.

The area is also a paradise for outdoor sports, including fishing and bird-watching. Thrill seekers will want to visit the Adventure Park in Massignac, which offers ziplining, bungee jumping, and adventure courses.

They offer lots of water based activities, such as swimming, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and fishing.

There are many man-made sandy beaches around the lakes with restaurants and cafes for that relaxing drink or lunch.

Lac de Lavaud is 46 minutes (42 km) from Puy-Leonard.