Lakes of the Verdon! A world of legend! Not yet… The scenery is imposing but the water bodies are still very young to produce legends. Indeed, all these lakes (five in total) are artificial. The lakes of Chaudanne, Castillon, Sainte-Croix, Quinson and Esparron were created for various regional and national needs.

At the regional level first of all, we will note that the water which comes out of the tap in the big cities of the coast is essentially the water retained by the lakes of the verdon. At the national level, the creation of these dams was part of a broad policy of creating means of energy production.

Since their creation, these lakes have also attracted a very avid tourism to these territories, especially during the summer. In particular in the low gorges, many hotel infrastructures were installed close to the water. They offer a more “natural” alternative to what is offered on the Mediterranean coast.

  • Low gorges of Verdon

    Rafting is not possible on the low gorges of Verdon. Indeed, if formerly the water of the Verdon dug these magnificent gorges, they are now part of the lake of Esparron. If the Low Gorges of Verdon do not allow white water activities, they still contain many treasures.   What is the Basses Gorges du…

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  • Construction of Castillon dam

    The construction of the Castillon dam was not done in a single day. The first dam built on the Verdon, the Castillon dam, opened the door to several decades of work on the course of the emerald river. No less than five dams were built at the end of the 1970s. The beginnings of the…

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  • Lac de Castillon, test base for the DGA

    Some will say; “The Verdon is not very populated, but you can see everything there” and they are right! We are talking to you today about a military test base which could well be the setting for a new episode of Mr Bond and his acolytes (by enlarging just a little …) It is by…

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  • Construction of lake Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon

    Before the construction of Lake Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, one must imagine a valley with gentle slopes with a landscape shaped by the human presence. Lavender fields, truffle oaks, wheat fields, vines and olive trees were perpetuated there by the local populations over the centuries. Construction of Lake Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, the first tests The construction of Lake Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon had…

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  • Lake Sainte-Croix-du-verdon, Rafting and canoe?

    No rafting possible on Lake Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon. And yes, for the practice of rafting, you need rapids! Difficult to find on a lake. For water sports enthusiasts, go rather to the top of this page and click on “Activities” For others, welcome to this article or we will tell you a little about this that you…

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  • Lake Sainte Croix, Lake Castillon… The five lakes of Verdon

    The five lakes of Verdon Castillon Lake, Chaudanne Lake, Sainte Croix du Verdon Lake, Quinson Lake and Esparron Lake. These are all artificial lakes built in the 20th century for the production of electricity and various human needs.   Lake Castillon With an area of ​​500 hectares, it stretches for almost 8 kilometers. Work began…

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