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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 have decided to circumnavigate the Lake 10 minutes from Carcassonne, a Sunday following the advice of the office of tourism. We parked easily. We had the chance to attend a remote controlled boat race. On the beach, we took the opportunity to make the ricochets with children. The path around the Lake is nice and green. While a change of scenery. It takes a good hour. Discovered in Carcassonne!
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  • A few steps from the city, the Cavayère Lake offers the possibility of a pleasant walk with good trails and also practice the acro-industry or swimming in summer.
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  • extend the tour of the city of Carcassonne with a walk in a preserved nature environment. addicted activity friendly branch, pleasant beaches
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