This artificial lake of over 1,000 hectares, formed by damming the River Creuse, is one of the largest in France, providing quiet inlets which offer opportunities for swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing. Walk the trails around Vassiviere’s shores or voyage to its central island sporting a sculpture park, café and museum. Superb carp fishing too, either boat or shoreline.
The 11,000km of rivers and lakes in Limousin provide some of Europe’s finest fishing - trout and salmon, plus a great variety of coarse fish.
At least 12 lakes are open all year and others during the season. The lake at St Suplice Lauriere has carp and pike and day tickets are available at St Suplice town hall.
Limousin has over 2,240km of riverbank fishing including 1,956 of prime trout and salmon water. ‘Maison de l’Eau et de la Peche de la Correze’at Neuvic organises exhibitions, conferences and fishing courses.
Fishing permits ‘cartes de peche’ can be obtained throughout the region at shops, tabacs, campsites and bars, at reasonable prices.
Argentat has a watersports centre at ‘Le Splash’ where holidaymakers can enjoy swimming and water games with chutes and a lagoon. Open the weekends of 17 - 18 June and 24 - 25 June from 2 to 7pm and in July and August from 11am to 8pm with swimming instructors on duty.
A spa since Roman times and the only thermal spa in Limousin, Evaux-Les-Bains is still visited for it curative powers.
Soldiers in World War I came here to recover from bayonet wounds and today the new baths built in 2000 are amongst the most modern in France, offering special treatments for rheumatism and ‘heavy legs’.
The therapy season is normally from 26 March - 3 November 2012. See www.evauxthermes.com to confirm. The town also offers tennis, horse riding and other activities with a variety of fetes, markets and a vintage car rally. Those feeling refreshed may like to walk 9km past the old gold mines at Chalet, to see where the hot springs bubble out of the ground at 60 degrees C.