Lac de Passy

Lac de Passy, officially referred to these days as a “Base de Loisirs” (due to the numerous leisure activities on offer), is the largest lake in the Pays du Mont Blanc.  Ideal for a swim and a splash during the summer months, it is also frequented by cyclists, joggers, buggy-walkers, fishing enthusiasts, windsurfers, paddle-boarders and dog-walkers (NB dogs are not permitted at the beach/criques ends of the lake during the summer months!).  It is truly magical to look up from a swim and see Mont Blanc twinkling in the background!
Reflections in the Lac de Passy
Reflections in the Lac de Passy © montblancfamilyfun

A visit to Lac de Passy during the summer months is, for locals, pretty much de rigueur; but do be warned that on certain days during the summer months it can be heaving! During the school summer holidays, an area of the sandy beach is cordoned off, with lifeguards on duty (outside this area, swimming is unsupervised).  The beach end is soft for the feet and great for sandcastle fun, but do be vigilant with little ones as the water gets deep quite quickly in certain areas.  There is also plenty of grass down at the beach end, so lots of space for lounging and picnics, but those needing more shade will find respite in the wooded area by the First Aid hut, which is also equipped with picnic tables and BBQ facilities (you are not allowed to bring your own BBQs, for safety reasons).  Alternatively, you can find a little more shade and seclusion in the series of criques at the other end of the lake.  There are no lifeguards down here and it is a pebbly entrance into the water!

Over the last few years, Lac de Passy has optimised its title of Base de Loisirs and there are plenty of activities available to keep the whole family entertained all day long!

Walks Lac de Passy is a popular place for a stroll, whatever the season.  You will see buggy walkers, dog walkers, Nordic walkers, joggers . . .

Cycling – as well as cycling around the lake, Lac de Passy links up with other cycle routes and there is an area for VTT exploration (with lots of bumps and tree roots) behind the mini-golf!

A break from cycling © montblancfamilyfun

Fitness Circuit – there is a fitness circuit in the woods on the northern side of the lake.  Our kids love this!

Lac de Passy exercise in the woods © montblancfamilyfun

Fishing – like its neighbour Lac des Ilettes, Lac de Passy is a popular place for fishing.  Fishing licences must be obtained from the Tourist Office.

Windsurfing and Paddle Boarding – the lake is a popular spot for windsurfing (with the bise blowing, there is certainly enough wind!) and paddle boarding.

Passy Accro-Lac – from April until September, Lac de Passy’s accrobranches is open for children (3 years and upwards) and adults alike, with different parcours to try out.  See their website for current prices and exact opening hours.

Mont-Blanc Kids – for a few years now during the summer and early autumn, our kids have been enjoying the odd bounce on the inflatable structures down at the beach end of the lake.  There are different price packages on offer, and recently a water slide was added to the fun!  See their website for opening hours and prices.

Aqua Park du Mont Blanc – a relatively new addition to the Lac de Passy scene is the inflatable structures in the water on the northern side of the lake.  We’ve not yet tried this out as our children are too young (they need to be 8+ years), but it looks like lots of fun!  It is open during the summer months from 10h-20h and costs either 5euros for 45 mins or 10euros for an hour.

Electric Boats & Mini-Golf – on the southern edge of the lake, children can enjoy being captain of their own choice of motorboat (children from 9+ years can captain the boats on their own, otherwise they must be accompanied by an adult) in an area cordoned off for the activity.  And right next door is the Mini-Golf.  See the website for more details.

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