The Sainte-Croix Lake

In Haute Provence, the construction of a dam on the Verdon river has enabled the birth in 1973 of one of the most beautiful lakes in Provence: the lake of Sainte-Croix. Located in a picturesque setting – the Valensole plateau and Gorges du Verdon as a background – with the scents of lavender, rosemary and thyme, this pure and clear turquoise-shaded stretch of water, whose quality is jealously protected, will offer you a privileged space to swim and enjoy sailing activities – boat (electric only), pedalo, canoe-kayak – as well as hiking activities, and discover the charming Provencal villages of Sainte Croix and Moustiers Sainte Marie.

The plateau dominating the lake will attract you with its lavender scent. Stop for a moment at “La Maison du Lavandin” where you can visit the exploitation and the distillery and taste the local products. The lake is in the heart of the Verdon Regional Natural Park which is a true paradise for unspoiled nature lovers. As the seasons go by, the lake changes itself into a lively colourful painting or a mirror reflecting the snowy mountains. Providing coolness throughout the summer, the many beaches offer visitors ideal places for relaxation and bathing.

The Sainte Croix du Verdon sailing school will give you training sessions and even the youngest will learn how to sail at the Pirate Club! Don’t miss the opportunity to be told about the history of the valley before the lake’s existence, its farms disappeared under the waters of the tamed Verdon. Free exhibition presented by the “Culture Loisirs et Patrimoine” Association in the old school room.

By pedalo, canoe or electric boat, enter the heart of the Grand Canyon! Such a unique experience! Keep up your momentum and visit one of the most beautiful villages in France – strikingly looking like a traditional Provencal Christmas crib – Moustiers Sainte Marie.

A few figures :

  • 22 km2
  • 767 million m3 of water
  • maximum depth of 90 metres

Practical information :

  • 1 hour drive from Digne les Bains (take the N85 towards Nice and then the D907 / D953 / D11 / D111). Go through the pretty villages of Mezel, Estoublon, Riez, and the magnificent lavender fields.
  • AVN 04 (Sainte Croix du Verdon sailing school) Phone: +33 (0) 4 92 77 76 51