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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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  • splendid location overlooking a Lake of considerable dimensions. Exceptional landscape. From no perder la baie de saint michel with a breathtaking view. In February it is suggestive walk on the portion of the Lake that in February is devoid of water. Small pasta shells, some boats lying on each side, a small chapel on a small island and an ocher from Marvel.
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  • Great place, a huge, accessible to all (large or small) artificial pond, the Lake next to the paddleboat, a snack to eat and drink, a large space to be able to arise. The décor is beautiful, it changes the municipal swimming pools, it is much more pleasant. I would highly recommend.
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  • Everything is perfect bedding, room, and breakfast excellent! welcome of the owners more than perfect!
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