Lake Vassivière is one of the largest Lakes in France, covering 2470 acres (1000 hectares), containing 106 million m³ of fresh water and 45 km of lakeside and beaches to explore.
Vassivière Island was created following construction of a hydro-electric dam in 1949 thus flooding the upper reaches of the Maulde River valley to form the lake, eight villages lay beneath the lake as well as the Vassivière flour mill.
One of the Islands on the lake covers 173 acres (70 hectares) of land, formerly part of a vast estate once owned by the Vassivière family whose stately home still stands on its original site.
The Vassivière Contemporary Art Centre on the Island was designed by architects Aldo Rossi and Xavier Fabre in 1986-1987.
In order to preserve its atmosphere, the island is a pedestrians-only zone, you will find it open to the public all year round.
Lake Vassivière is a haven for a multitude of water sports and outdoor leisure activities. The lake has a depth of 35mts, and is great for fishing for pike, perch, carp and black bass for example.
There are three locations for boat trips around lake Vassivière, one boat has an on board restaurant. You can also hire a boat from Auphelle on lake Vassivière.
Around Lac de Vassivière there are 6 fully equipped sand beaches with playgrounds for children, there are some volley-ball, basket ball, tennis courts and table tennis tables to be found around the lake.
During the holiday season bathing beaches are supervised.
Surrounding Lake Vassivière are old granite villages, forests of Pine, larch, oak and beech, rolling hills and heath lands with heather and juniper, peat bogs, springs, lakes and rivers.
There are four fully equipped harbours, sailing clubs and schools on Lake Vassivière, great for windsurfing, regattas and two areas reserved for motor-boating and water skiing.