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Lac de Serre-Poncon, Savines-le-Lac
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Lake Serre-Ponçon is a lake in southeast France; it is one of the largest artificial lakes in western Europe. The lake gathers the waters of the Durance and the Ubaye rivers, flowing down through the Hautes-Alpes and the Alpes du Sud to the Rhône River. The waters are dammed by the Barrage de Serre-Ponçon, a 123 m high earth core dam.As well as water control, sixteen hydroelectric plants use the water and the lake provides irrigation to 1,500 km² of land.HistoryThe lake was created to control water flow after disastrous floods caused severe damage and loss of life in 1843 and 1856. First proposed in 1895, construction started in 1955 and was completed by 1961.During construction of the lake, approximately 3 million m3 of material was moved. The dam was constructed and the valley slowly became a lake, flooding some villages in the process. This flooding is the subject of Jean Giono's movie Girl and the River, starring Guy Béart.Neighboring communes: Embrun Savines-le-Lac Chorges
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  • beautiful, the water was warm throughout, we were able to do two days at sea in the mountains... to those who are recommended provence
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  • Grand and magnificent site of the Lake and the mountains that surround it. the technical prowess of the dam is a great achievement of the twentieth century
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  • We booked into a campsite on the shores of the lake. Plenty to choose from as off season and prices low. Plenty space and we chose a pitch near the restaurant and toilet block. Weather comfortable and...  more »