Lac du Der


Since the builder monks of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, man has shaped the landscape of Der in Champagne. He cleared the forest, planted orchards and stocked the lakes with fish. Then in the 1970s, he began a gigantic project to guard against the whims of the Marne: the creation of a dam-reservoir called Lac du Der-Chantecoq.

Rendez-vous in the Lac du Der !

This huge artificial lake of 4,800 acres, filled with water in 1974, has profoundly changed the landscape and the area’s economy. Thirty-eight years later, the Lac du Der has become a major tourist centre of the Champagne-Ardenne. Created by the hands of man, the Lac du Der became a site where nature kept its identity: nature preserved, unique wildlife, an environment of quality.

The Lac du Der is an area where existing tourism activities were based on what makes the soul of the country of the Lac du Der and deeply respect the balance between tourism and environmental protection. Popular with walkers or bikers, fishermen and those who like water sports and outdoor activities, the Lac du Der is revealed through the changing seasons.

The “Lac du Der – Chantecoq” won an award at the EDEN contest in 2009 on the theme : Tourism and Protected Areas. Come relax and discover its hidden treasures that have made a European tourist Destination of ExcelleNce in France.


Discovering the Lac du Der !

  • The Etangs d’Outines and Arrigny
  • Discovery of the lake, the paradise for birds  
  • Route of half-timbered churches and stained glass of the sixteenth century
  • Museum of the Pays du Der in Ste Marie du Lac Nuisement
  • The Abbey church of Montier en Der and its stud
  • St Dizier and Hector Guimard
  • The Vallée de la Blaise
  • Colombey les Deux Eglises
  • Château of Cirey sur Blaise
  • Metallurgic Park in Dommartin le Franc
  • The Paradis de Sommevoire-Haute Marne
  • The Route du Champagne
  • Vitry le François
  • Nautical pleasures
  • Hiking


Dates for your dairy in the Lac du Der !

Many events are proposed in the Lac du Der area, around migratory birds including the famous grey cranes that stop by on the lake in the autumn, but also around water sports, nature and good food.


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