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Lacs de la Forêt d’Orient consists of three man-made lakes, that are located in the Natural Regional Parc de la Foret d’Orient. This splendid park was once owned by the Knights Templar and covers an area of approximately 70,000 ha (700 sq. km). Perfect destination for fishing and water activities and there are numerous sandy beaches suitable for families.
Lacs de la Forêt d’Orient - Aube mini guide
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The three lakes form reservoirs for the rivers Seine and Aube; stopping flooding in winter and providing much needed water in the dry summer months.
Lac Orient is the largest of the three lakes with 2,000 ha reserved for fishing and small sailing boats; night fishing for carp is a speciality. The marina for 250 craft at Mesnil-St-Père Port is a sailors and wind-surfers paradise, as well as sailing and diving schools; while around the lake are three sandy beaches that appeal to families with small children.
The northerly part of Lac Orient and the southern part of the Lac du Temple, named after the Knights Templar, form a major bird sanctury where some 265 species can be spotted by keen ‘twitchers’.
The Lac Amance, to the north, is where you’ll find powerboats, jet-skis and water skiing that are prohibited on the other two lakes.
Families from all over Europe come to this nature park with their tents, caravans or trailer homes, complete with family boats, canoes and bicycles to holiday at well-appointed camping sites. Cycling is a great way to appreciate the area and it is possible to hire bikes. A special 42 km Voie Verte (green route) cycle path has been laid out from Troyes to Port Dienville that follows the canals leading to the forest.
Text supplied by the CDT of Aube in Champagne
Image of The Foret d'Orient taken from French Connections Advert ref: 150262
Image of Lac de la Foret d Orient - copyright: Ph Praliaud CDT Aube
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