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Lake Castillon

Do you fancy swimming or lazing around in the Provencal sunshine? Lake Castillon is the prefect spot for a family outing. Enjoy the emerald waters, the supervised beaches and the various outdoor activities on offer, all at the foot of the Verdon mountains.


lac de Castillon

le lac de Castillon

A green lake reflecting the name Verdon

Lake Castillon is the first artificial lake to be built along the Verdon. 8km in length, it stretches from Castellane to Saint-André-les-Alpes and covers an area of more than 1,200 acres. It is the second largest lake in the Verdon Valley, just after Lake Sainte-Croix.

Visually, Lake Castillon is quite different and is more reminiscent of the nearby Alpine lakes. Nestled in the heart of the Verdon National Park, this gorgeous, emerald coloured lake also offers a multitude of activities to do on your holiday.

The ideal playground

Lake Castillon is a swimming lake. Lifeguards patrol the beaches, so you can relax and enjoy your summer holiday.

Are you looking for some peace and quiet? Slip off for some well-deserved down time in the sun, in one of the many creeks hidden around this untouched lake.

For the sportier ones, there are three activity centres to choose from. Why not try your hand at canoeing, pedaloing, paddle boarding, motor boating or sailing from Castellane, Saint-Julien-du-Verdon or Saint-André-les-Alpes?


An incredible dam

Lake Castillon was formed as a result of the Castillon dam which was completed in 1948 after 20 years of work. 95 metres high and 200 metres wide, a vertiginous view of the Verdon can be seen from the lake’s roadside.

Don’t forget to look out for the impressive work of art: the biggest sundial in the world.  The 13,000m² artwork was commissioned by the EDF and unveiled in 2009. Have fun reading the (Verdon) time using the Provencal sunshine.