Want to get away for a weekend without traveling too much? We offer you a selection of lakes near Lyon.

For many of us, the rainy month of August left us feeling like an unfinished summer… But September has more warmth and sun in store for us. That's why a short getaway to the water's edge seems to us the most appropriate way to end the summer on a good note.

NOSC has therefore concocted its Top 5 lakes to discover absolutely around Lyon.

Contents :
  • Lake Miribel-Jonage – 20 minutes, 15 km
  • Paladru lake – 1h10, 80 km
  • Nantua Lake – 1h10, 90 km
  • Lac du Bourget – 1h40, 125km
  • Lac de Monteynard – 1h40, 145 km

1- Lake Miribel-Jonage – 20 minutes, 15 km

Just 20 minutes from Lyon, the Grand Parc Miribel Jonage offers 4 equipped beaches where many sports activities are offered in summer. Among them, canoeing, sailing, rowing, paddle for the aquatic part and giant zip line, golf and tennis for the land part.

But Miribel Jonage does not focus only on its large beaches. Large wooded areas, and huge lawns at the edge of the water await you for a natural atmosphere.

Also, set off to discover places unknown to the general public. A good tip for decompressing for a weekend, very close to Lyon.

Small bonus : This lake is accessible by bike from the center of Lyon.

2- Lake Paladru – 1h10, 80 km

This is ranked 5th natural lake in France. Lac de Paladru , which is located about 1 hour from the center of Lyon, is a real paradise for the eyes. Moreover, its turquoise waters, with emerald shades, will not leave you indifferent. A photo session is planned!

In addition, sports activities such as hiking around the lake (about 14 km), cycling, pedal boating, sailing or canoeing, make this lake all the more essential. No time to get bored !

This lake , nestled in the heart of a magnificent environment, offers a feeling of total change of scenery !

3- Lake Nantua – 1h10, 90 km

Of glacial origin, Lake Nantua is a sublime place where the colors vary from blue to dark green depending on the weather. Located between two mountains in the heart of the Jura massif, the lake covers 141 hectares.

Thus, it is a real playground for lovers of hiking and water sports. Between paddle, canoe, pedal boat and water skiing, you will be spoiled for choice.

A large natural space , 1 hour from Lyon . What more ?

As a bonus : The luckiest of you will have the opportunity to hear and see the chamois climbing the mountain.

4- Lac du Bourget – 1h40, 125km


It is the largest natural lake in France: Lac du Bourget . 1h40 from Lyon, this place is perfect for a day of complete change of scenery with friends.

Moreover, on the spot the sportsmen will not have any more where to give the head. Surrounded by the Epine massif, the Mont du Chat, the Chambotte, the Mont Revard and the Bauges, an 18 km walk around the lake is ideal. The depth of 145m is also conducive to many water activities such as navigation or swimming.

If there is one lake to discover among this list, it is Lac du Bourget . You will not be disappointed !

5- Lac de Monteynard – 1h40, 145 km

This one is not the closest lake to Lyon, but it is worth the detour! Lake Monteynard stretches over 20 km, 500 meters above sea level. Two Himalayan footbridges make it possible to cross this large turquoise lake and to pass from the right bank to that of the left.

Moreover, the footbridge hike is 13 km in total between Treffort and Savel. It circumvents Lake Monteynard and spans the Drac and the Ebron in order to change banks. Estimated time of the hike: 3 to 4 hours. To complete the full loop of the hike, it is necessary to take the Mira boat to cross the lake.

A hike in a breathtaking setting!

We hope that you will have found your happiness among this top 5 and that you will be able to take advantage of these great spots to end your summer with dignity!

Getting away for a weekend always allows you to recharge your batteries and return more easily to our daily lives on Monday morning. We have fascinating landscapes, and you don't have to go very far to marvel at the beauty that nature has to offer.

And with NOSC products, it's even easier.

Feel free to share other lakes near Lyon that you already know. This could serve as a next top 5.

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