[Lac d'Éguzon]

Lac d’Éguzon

Just 30 minutes drive north of the house there lies Lac d’Éguzon, also known as Lake Chambon, an artificial lake created  following the construction of the hydroelectric dam of Éguzon on the Creuse river in 1923.  Construction took place from 1922 to 1926 and, at the time, was the largest dam in Europe. The lake spans the departments of Indre and Creuse and therefore also the regions of Centre-Val de Loire and Limousin.

Established at 203.7 m above sea level, Lac d’Éguzon has a length of 16 km, a width of 751 m, an area of 312 hectares and a water volume of 57.2 million m 3. 

[The Dam at Eguzon]
The Dam at Eguzon
The dam is 61 metres high and 300 metres across, with the thickness varying from 54 metres at the base to 5 metres at the top. Electricity generation is via six valves, with a power of 12 MW each, giving an annual electricity production of 101 million kWh.

The lake has three large sandy beaches with established facilities for bathing and all manner of water sports. Take a picnic or dine at one of the numerous little restaurants on the shore. Les Moulins Noyés is lovely in the summer!