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Campsite near Lac du Der, in Champagne

Vue sur le lac du Der
Vue sur le lac du Der


Situated on the border of the Marne and Haute-Marne departments, Lac du Der was created in 1974 in the heart of the Champagne region and conditioned to prevent flooding in Paris and regulate the flow of the Marne. The largest man-made lake in France, it will appeal not only to water sports enthusiasts but also to nature lovers, who will discover a wealth of flora and fauna around almost 80km of landscaped banks that you can explore by bike or on foot. Finally, there are several fully equipped beaches where you can relax by the water. All in all, it's a great lake to discover on a campsite.

Campsites around Lac du Der

A wide choice of campsites are available around Lac du Der. To make the most of your holiday, choose a luxury campsite, a campsite suitable for children, a budget campsite or an eco-friendly campsite, depending on your preferences and criteria... A quiet campsite or a camping club. In all cases, a range of mobile homes, chalets and tent pitches are available for hire. We have selected for you a range of campsites in different categories that will appeal to as many people as possible. Here they are:

Camping Champagne : camping du Der with swimming pool, lac du Der camping mobil home - camping Eclaron - Yelloh! - Camping nature

Camping Yelloh! en Champagne ***** is located in Eclaron-Braucourt-Sainte-Livière in the Haute-Marne region. The campsite opens its doors to you between April and September in an idyllic setting in the middle of the forest and on the shores of Lake Der. Of the 120 pitches, 90 are available for rental. A wide choice of accommodation is available, from mobile homes to cottages. Leisure facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, entertainment, children's club, games room and play area, bike hire for rides around Lac de Der, a volleyball, beach volleyball and basketball court. The whole family can enjoy shows, evening entertainment and dancing.

Camping du Buisson : campsite Haute-Marne - Louvemont campsite - near Lac du Der - Campsite on the road to Der

Campsite Le Buisson **** at Louvemont in Haute-Marne is on the doorstep of Lac du Der (less than 10 km away). Ideal for those looking for peace and quiet and wide-open spaces. Open from April to September and until the end of October for rentals, discover the lodge tents, comfortable ecological wooden cabins and large pitches on offer. Children will love the Parc Aventure du Buisson, a tree adventure park that will also appeal to parents. Le Buisson campsite also boasts a quality snack bar and a grocery shop selling local produce. Finally, the campsite claims to be a "human-sized campsite", with just 70 pitches, including around 20 rental pitches.

Camping La Forêt : camping lac du Der-Chantecoq - Lac du Der campsite rental, direct access to the beach

Camping La Forêt *** in Arrigny is just 100 metres from Lac de Der and has direct access to the beach. Open from the beginning of April to the end of September, it offers around a hundred pitches and more than a dozen chalets to rent. An outdoor swimming pool is available, and sports enthusiasts can enjoy volleyball, table tennis and canoeing on the lake. A mini-club is available for children, as well as a variety of activities for all, organised by a friendly team, and evening events are organised during the summer season. Finally, there is a Flot bleu terminal inside the campsite for motorhomes.

Camping de la plage lac du Der : camping de la presqu'île de Champaubert - Camping Giffaumont - Lac du Der camping low prices

Camping La Plage ** at Giffaumont-Champaubert in the Marne department is just 150 metres from Lac de Der. Open from May to September, it has 84 pitches with electricity. Pets are allowed and the campsite offers entertainment in summer. The nearby Lac du Der and a few table tennis tables are available for your entertainment.

Giffaumont beach on the shores of Lac de Der
Giffaumont beach on the shores of Lac de Der© iStock

The highlights of Lac du Der, to discover during your camping holiday

One of the largest artificial lakes in Europe, created in 1974, the Lac du Der-Chantecoq is now part of the natural landscape of the Marne. You'll always be amazed by the colour of the water, which changes from blue to turquoise depending on the season and the weather, and by the sometimes three-hundred-year-old oak trees in the surrounding forests that are reflected in the water, contrasting magnificently with the colour of the lake. The Lac du Der-Chantecoq also has a clever way of combining business with pleasure. It was built to continue irrigating the rivers in dry periods, to supply the Seine and to prevent flooding, but what a pleasure to enjoy this immense expanse of water for leisure activities too! Walks around the lake, canoeing, swimming, relaxing on the beach... Did you know that a Lake Marathon was organised at Lac du Der? The lake is also the scene of many festivities.

Sunset over Lac du Der
Sunset over Lac du Der© iStock

Water sports on Lac du Der

There are several different ways to spend a weekend exploring the lake by boat. You can sail in a large boat with around thirty seats or borrow a personal electric boat in which only your family or friends will be able to join you. You don't need a licence, the boats move slowly and everyone can drive them. Don't forget your picnic to enjoy a good time on the water throughout the day. And don't forget other water-based activities such as canoeing, fishing, jet skiing, towed buoys and windsurfing... There's no end to the water sports on Lac du Der!


One of the six beaches on Lac du Der
One of the six beaches on Lac du Der© iStock


Wild and preserved flora and fauna

Lac du Der can also be enjoyed on dry land. All around the lake is a long 77-kilometre circuit for cycling or walking along the lake route. You'll pass through a superb forest of three-hundred-year-old oak trees and admire the lake from above. The spectacle is different every season, so you can admire the flight of a large number of grey cranes in winter and 300 different species of birds throughout the year from the observatory set up for this purpose.

Cycling or walking around the lake
Cycling or walking around the lake© iStock

Between February and November, you can also choose to be guided by the little train along the lake, which will tell you the history of the lake while taking in the magnificent scenery.

The Pays du Der Museum

The Musée du Pays du Der, located in Sainte-Marie-du-Lac-Nuisement, will tell you more about the birth of the Lac du Der, the history of villages that have disappeared and the old trades. The museum is housed in a magnificent building typical of the Champagne region, with half-timbered facades. There is also a garden full of medicinal plants, as well as an educational vegetable garden and pond. A place well worth a visit.






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