5 good reasons to love Lake Léon

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Situated between the villages of Léon and Vielle-Saint-Girons, 10 km as the crow flies from the campsite, the Etang de Léon is one of the great lakes of the Landes. Here are 5 ideas for things to do at Lac de Léon during your Landes vacation!

Swimming on the lake beach

Lac de Léon boasts a number of bathing beaches. The Lac à Vielle beach offers a bucolic setting for a swim in the heart of the Landes forest. The bathing area is supervised in summer, shallow, sheltered from the wind (so no waves), perfect for families with young children!

Practice your favorite water sport

With a surface area of 340 ha, Lac de Léon forms a veritable inland sea. On the north shore of the lake, the Club Nautique Léonnais welcomes windsurfers, optimists, dinghy sailors, catamarans, stand-up-paddleboarders, canoeists and pedal-boat enthusiasts. The program includes private lessons, mini-classes, sailing discovery sessions and boat hire.

Discover the joys of fishing

The Etang de Léon is also a popular spot for anglers, renowned for its fish-filled waters. It’s a delight for anglers teasing white fish and predators: carp, pike, perch, pike-perch, bleak, roach, bream… But watch out for the lake monster… Before you go fishing, find out more about the legend of “Lou Boum”. Not even afraid? All you have to do is buy a 7-day vacation fishing pass, specially designed for occasional anglers.

Playing explorer on the Huchet current

Your camping holiday near Lac de Léon is the perfect opportunity to take a trip along the Courant d’Huchet, which links the lake to the ocean at Moliets. Nicknamed the “Amazon of the Landes”, this small coastal river is famous for its nature reserve and lush gallery forest. You can choose between a boat trip with a boatman or a hike along the reserve’s trails.

Observe unsuspected flora and fauna

Classified as a nature reserve and part of the Natura 2000 network, the Etang de Léon is home to a rich and remarkable flora and fauna. A stroll along the western shore of the Etang de Léon reveals a rich and often surprising diversity of plant species: royal osmonds, pink hibiscus, sundews, bald cypress, as well as many mammals such as otters and mink. of Europe or the coypu, cistude turtles, numerous insects (Cordulia, Agrion de mercure), a host of colourful birds such as the Little Bittern, Grey Heron, Short-toed Eagle, Marsh Harrier… Nature lovers won’t be disappointed!