Ponds and lakes

The lakes are particularly pretty in spring.
Along the Guindreff lake.

From pond to pond

With a surface of more than 400 hectares, the Bois-Joalland lake is the most important body of water. You can easily park on its shores, route du Bois-Joalland. The path around the lake is about 3 km long and allows for varied views. A centre for sailing and rowing stands on one side of the lake, and at the far end, a BMX track gets the adrenaline pumping.

Three other, smaller lakes await you not far from there, the ponds of Québrais, Guindreff and a little pool called La Belle Hautière, almost hidden by trees. Several starting points for walks are possible. You can park either at a car park route des Bassins, between the Québrais et Guindreff lakes, or route de Guindreff, near the crossroads with rue Guy de Maupassant.*

The footpaths around and between these lakes allow for loops as long –or as short- as you wish. You will enjoy the calm, as there are only a few anglers along the shores. Ducks, geese and moorhens dabble in the water, sometimes you can watch a couple of crested grebes or even, if you are lucky, see a kingfisher flit by.

These lakes definitely look as though they had always been there… but just over a century ago, they didn’t exist! They were built in order to resolve a problem which weighed heavily on 19th century Saint-Nazaire: the supply of drinking water.

*See the interactive city map to find the streets and roads.