Lac du Salagou – Salagou Lake
Taking the A75/E11 northwards from Pezenas, Lac du Salagou is certainly worth a visit. Passing through Clermon-L’Herault just follow the signposts to this beautiful lake.
The lake was created in 1969 to irrigate the vines in the area which required water during the long hot summer months.
There is a dam ( signposted Les Barrages ) which is also worth a visit just a little further along the road. The lake, a reservoir of the dam, nowadays is a tourist attraction.
Nonetheless, a place to enjoy the stunning scenery; the sun plays with the water and creates beautiful reflections with the red rocks ( called ruffes ) which tower up and out of the water.
The lake 7km long, and holds around 125 million m3 of water covers an area of about 17 miles and around 2000 acres, it looks rather tempting on a hot day… great for children, great for sailing ( no motor boats are permitted ) and wonderful for picnicking. There are apparently large carp in the lake too!
It was ‘out of season’ just before the Easter holidays when I visited. A few people walking, couples taking in the view, eating lunch, a young family, oh… and some sheep!!!
Quite a surprise! The sound of bells ( strapped around their necks ) caught my attention. Within minutes a large flock of sheep and a few goats wandered over the gravel, and scampered down to the water’s edge… and who can blame them on a hot sunny day in the South of France!