Plan d’eau, Degagnac

February 17, 2015 by
Filed under: France 

Le Plan d’eau (lake) at Degagnac

A ‘Plan d’eau’ in France refers mainly to a local lake. They are most often formed by damming a stream until the lake is the required size and then regulating the flow out of the lake at the downstream end. This means that there is a constant flow of fresh water into the lake, making it suitable for all sorts of leisure activities that can be enjoyed by the local community.

Degagnac Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each village/town plan d’eau varies in size. Generally, the larger the population served, the larger the lake. Our local commune, Degagnac, has a population about six hundred, so the lake here is quite small, being roughly shaped as a rectangle 250m by 120m and has been formed by damming the “ruisseau de Palaz”, which translated simply means “the Palaz stream”.

Degagnac Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Degagnac lake has a footpath that goes all the way around the outside, and it’s a pleasant walk of just less than a kilometre. There is a parking area adjacent to a picnic spot with a few well-maintained benches. Local people tell us that the lake was once popular for swimming in.

Degagnac Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing is possible at the Degagnac Lake between 14 March and 20 September. Trout is the major catch and a license, which in 2015 costs 73 euros permits you to catch 10 trout per day with 2 rods. lake is stocked with 3 types of trout – the ‘truite arc en ciel’ which is rainbow trout, the truite fario, or brown trout and the ‘omble de fontaine’, which translates as brook trout. There is a length limit of 20cm on the first and 23cm on the other two so I would assume this means that you can take your catch home with you to eat.

Degagnac Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I visited the lake on a lovely sunny afternoon in January, and I was the only visitor – well, apart from the robin I photographed and all the other wildlife!

Robin at Degagnac Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details about Degagnac visit this website (in French)

 

Plan d’eau, Degagnac

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