The Lac des Chavants in Les Houches is a relaxating destination for families throughout the year.
As well as the lake itself, where you can fish, (*NB –please note that Lac des Chavants is NOT a swimming lake!*), you will find: picnic tables and BBQ facilities, walking paths through the woods (suitable for buggies and bikes) & a parcours orientation, a playground & climbing net, tennis courts, a climbing wall, pétanque, La Guinguette café & restaurant, and cross-country skiing and sledging in wintertime . . .
There is a lovely café called La Guinguette, right by the water’s edge. It is well-equipped for children, with high-chairs and toys available. It is open from the end of May to the end of September, ⏰11h to 21h (shut on Mondays), and in summertime, you will often find concerts/shows happening here. In winter it is open from December until April, ⏰ 11h to 19h, every day.
There is a lovely little enclosed playground here with a climbing frame, and there is a new spider web climbing net.
Climbing at Les Chavants
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. It is a superb spot to climb on hot summer’s days, as it remains in the shade in the morning.
From mid-June to mid-September, you can fish at Lac des Chavants, every day (except Monday) from 9h to 12h and from 14h to 19h / licence required.
Walking & Biking
Lac des Chavants is the perfect little loop for children on foot, or with push-bikes! And you can head into the forest for a longer walk/some shade ( two boucles of 3km) . . .
There are six tennis courts available and you can rent these out by the hour . . . in the summer, there are lessons and stages for children from 4 years.
Orienteering course (Parcours d’Orientation)
There are 18 different points (balises) to find on the «Parcours d’Orientation» at Lac des Chavants. See here for more details, download a pdf copy or pick up a copy of the fiche from your Tourist Office in Les Houches (there are several other orienteering courses in the Chamonix Valley; see here).
To read about MBFF’s experience on this parcours d’orientation (we LOVED) it, see here).
Children’s leisure club
During the summer and winter holidays, 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 to sign-up.
address: Club Enfants des Chavants, allée des Diligences, 74310 Les Houches;
ESF Piou Piou Ski Club & 🛷 Sledging
In wintertime, the lakeside area becomes home to the ESF Piou Piou club for tiny skiiers, and there is a sledging area nearby. The sledging is open from December to March (depending on snow conditions), and 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 is open from December until March. There are two loops of about 3km, which head around the lake and into the forest;
Le Lac des Chavants
148 allée des Dilligences, Les Chavants
74310 Les Houches
website: for more details see here;