Around the lake of the Settons in the Morvan

Nice walk along the banks of a pretty lake. The Lake is located in the heart of the regional park of Morvan in Burgundy.

The Settons lake is an artificial lake located in the heart of the regional natural park of Morvan in Nievre. It is located south of the town of Montsauche-les-Settons 2 h 30 from Paris or Lyon. Its area is 367 ha to a maximum depth of 18 metres near the dam. It was built from 1854 to 1861. Its primary function was to facilitate the transport of firewood in the forests of the Morvan up to Paris. People used to cause artificial flooding of the Cure (river feeding the Lake) in order to facilitate the rafting of timber. This activity ended in the 1920s. The Lake was then converted into tourist lake. It is one of the few lakes in the region, all water activities are allowed: pedalo, canoe, sail to the jet ski and water skiing. Swimming is permitted. You can also hike or rent a mountain bike.

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 4 h.

Start of the hike

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Start of the hike
The proposed hike start is located near the dam in the parking lot of the restaurant "La Morvandelle" on the left bank.

The dam

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The dam
The dam consists of massive granite blocks. Its imposing dimensions, are 267 m long, 20 m high and 20 m at its base.

The dam far away

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The dam far away

Nautical base

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Nautical base
The pagoda shaped building represents in fact a Christmas tree, referring to the fact that the Morvan is the main French region for the Christmas tree production. The port for Sailboats is located just before the base.

Beach

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Beach
One of the beaches of the lake, located near the nautical Centre. The beaches are very popular during the summer season, the water quality is good.

Small island in the Lake

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Small island in the Lake
The lake has 2 islands.

The bank of the lake

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The bank of the lake
View of the lake. The lake is huge, there are a few restaurants along the banks. The atmosphere is very family friendly.

Main island

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Main island

View from the trail

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View from the trail

Shore of the lake

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Shore of the lake
You can practice many nautical activities: pedal boats, canoes, sailing...

Return to the starting point

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Return to the starting point

Off course

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Off course
There are 2 boats company that propose a journey to discover the lake.
Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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