It has a genuine air of Brittany with yachts moored up in a little creek, surrounded by beautiful countryside. But this is the Creuse Valley albeit with a different atmosphere from the rest of the department - a seaside holiday just a stone’s throw from the Limousin ! People come to Eguzon to enjoy the lake, sail or water ski on it, swim or fish in it and also to walk around it, along more than 300km of marked footpaths. Eguzon also has one of the largest dams in Europe. The lake is man-made and also known as Lac de Chambon after the hamlet which lies 60 metres below its surface. The area is famous for its chestnuts (there is a festival every year), potato cakes and ‘poirat’ a dessert made from pears, cream and pastry - absolutely delicious !
Lac d’Eguzon and the Vallée des Peintres have some of the loveliest spots in in Berry… A blue and green holiday paradise !
Lac d'Eguzon, a host of water sports and beaches
Lac d’Eguzon offers a wide range of water sports : sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, canoeing, paddle-boarding, tubing and pedaloes… not forgetting walking, rock climbing and mountain biking. There are several lakeside beaches : Plage de Chambon (Eguzon-Chantôme) has lifeguards in July and August and a fun waterpark with floating bouncy castles and catapult. On the other side of the lake : Plage de Bonnu (Cuzion) and Plage de Fougères (Saint-Plantaire). The lake is a category 2 fishing lake (permit required) with many carnivorous and white fish which can be caught from the bank or a boat. The village of Eguzon-Chantôme has a museum dedicated to everyday life and trades in the Bas- Berry from the late 18th century to the first half of the 20th century : the Musée de la Vallée de la Creuse. Sitting on benches in the old school classroom is an amazing experience for children ! Continue on up the hill of hairpin bends to the viewing platform at the dam with superb views of Lac d’Eguzin and the dam. You can visit the interior of the dam which was opened in 1926 to supply Paris with electricity ! This was the first time in France that electricity had been carried such a long way to a town and from a hydroelectric power station.
Free discovery tours of the hydroelectric power station and dam at Eguzon take place every Wednesday and Thursday (booking is required). A piece of advice ! Don’t miss the Fête de la Châtaigne (chestnut fair) at the end of October when the whole village celebrates for several days.