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Lac de la Cavayere, Carcassonne

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Lac de la Cavayère is an artificial lake in the Languedoc-Roussillon région of France, close to the mediaeval town of Carcassonne.The lake, also known as Carcassonne Plage (in English, Carcassonne Beach), was created by the building of a 23 metre high dam in 1988 after severe forest fires affected the area in 1985. The surface area of the lake, which is fed by the creeks of Montirat, Bazalac and Mitgé, is 180,000 m² and it is 1.5 million cubic metres in volume.It is a short distance from the town of Carcassonne and has been made into a popular recreation area. Ducks and wildfowl are common and the 400,000 m² surrounding area is notable for a diversity of habitats, flora and fauna.The beaches slope gently and there are supervised bathing areas. Boats are available for rent and there are picnic areas and a crazy golf course as well as a nearby chateau.During 2005 the lake was closed to bathing due to strong algal blooms.
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  • We regularly go to Carcassonne but we found this park just a few days ago! What a nice surprise! The site itself is very pleasant: there are a lot of trees, it's beautiful and very nice for a picnic. The kids loved to swim in the Lake (predict when even they are mostly from the beaches of pebbles). Besides, we made on a pedalo (big success on a pedalo at 6 places car shaped!), stand up paddle and bravest have tested water inflatable games, but they seemed more suited for teenagers than for children. We will be back to walk around the Lake, it looks very nice!
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  • If you want to treat yourself to a sporting and relaxing break after visiting the city you go to Lac de Cavayere, a small lake well staffed.
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  • A very beautiful Lake with 3 guarded beaches and plenty of activities (pedalo, kayaking, surfing, ...). You can feel free to spend an afternoon. Just a pity that one does not clean public toilets and changing rooms.
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Although the picturesque La Cite is a tempting place to stay, consider the quieter and more affordable La Bastide Saint Louis down the hill. La Bastide provides easy access by foot to the walled La Cite for daily tours and peace and quiet after dark.
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