Le Lac des Chavants (Les Houches)

The Lac des Chavants in Les Houches is a relaxating destination for families in both summer and winter.

*Please note that Lac des Chavants is NOT a swimming lake!*

Les Chavants lake in December
Les Chavants lake in December © montblancfamilyfun

In the warmer months, there is a playground here, an accrobranche, an outdoor climbing wall, fishing in the lake, and a relaxing buggy/dog-walking path around the lake and into the woods. This is the perfect spot for a picnic or to bring small children with bikes. There is also a lovely café calle La Guinguette, right by the water’s edge.  In summertime, you will often find concerts/shows happening here.

La Guinguette during winter season
La Guinguette during winter season © montblancfamilyfun

In winter, the lakeside area becomes home to the ESF Piou Piou club for tiny skiiers, and there is a sledging area.

Piou Piou at Les Chavants
Piou Piou at Les Chavants © montblancfamilyfun

Playground: there is a lovely little enclosed playground here with a climbing frame.

Les Chavants playground
Les Chavants playground in wintertime! © montblancfamilyfun

Les Chavants climbing wall – there are 10 climbing routes on this slab of rock, ranging from 3 to 6A.  The access is FREE and the site is open from April until December.

Fishing – from mid-June to mid-September, you can fish at Lac des Chavants, every day except Monday from 9h-12h and from 14h-19h

Walks/Bikes – there are two loops of about 3km, which head around the lake and into the forest

Orienteering course – there are 18 different points to find. See here for more details.

Children’s leisure club – in winter, the leisure club at Lac des Chavants accepts children from 18 months to 11 years and in the summer from 3 to 5 years.  Thanks to the large exterior area, games and workshops take place both indoors and outdoors.  See the Tourist Office for information/forms to fill out.

Address:  Club Enfants des Chavants, allée des Diligences, 74310 Les Houches

La Guinguette – overlooking the Lac des Chavants, this café has a relaxing terrace and high-chairs and toys available for small children.  It is open from the end of May to the end of September, 11h-21h (shut on Mondays).  In winter it is open from December until April, 11h-19h, every day.  See its Facebook page here;

Beach Volleyball –

Piou Piou Ski Club – see here for more details.

Sledging – from December to March (depending on snow conditions), there are two sledging areas available.  The Petite Tortue for 2-6 year olds and the Petit Lièvre for 6+ year olds. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and it is recommended that they wear helmets.  Ski boots are not allowed in this zone.

Cross-country skiing/Snow-shoeing – depending on snow conditions, the route heads into the forest.

Le Lac des Chavants
Les Chavants
74310 Les Houches

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