Le Lac des Chavants (Les Houches)

The 💦 Lac des Chavants in Les Houches is a relaxating destination for families throughout the year (NB -please note that Lac des Chavants is NOT a swimming lake!)

These days, the lake is referred to as a Base de Loisirs, as there are so many activities available there: you can 🎣 fish (with a permit) and 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 fabulous rock climbing area, pétanque, ☕️ La Guinguette café & restaurant (and cross-country skiing and 🛷 sledging in wintertime).

Lac des Chavants in autumn @ montblancfamilyfun.com

La Guinguette

There is a ☕️ lovely café called La Guinguette, right by the water’s edge. It is well-equipped for children, with high-chairs and some 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 and special events happening here. In ❄️ winter it is open from December until April, ⏰ 11h to 19h, every day.

La Guinguette during winter season
La Guinguette during winter season © montblancfamilyfun.com
© La Guinguette
La Guinguette © montblancfamilyfun.com


There is a lovely little playground here with a climbing frame, and there is also a spider web climbing net.

Les Chavants playground © montblancfamilyfun.com
Les Chavants playground
Les Chavants playground in wintertime! © montblancfamilyfun.com
Spider net, Lac des Chavants © montblancfamilyfun.com

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.

Rock climbing with Vallogrimp © montblancfamilyfun.com


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.

Fishing at Lac des Chavants © montblancfamilyfun.com

Walking & Biking

💦 Lac des Chavants is the perfect little loop for small children on foot, or with push-bikes or pedal bikes. And you can head into 🌲 the forest for a longer walk, to make a cabane or to seek some shade (there are two boucles of 3km).

Lac des Chavants © Baby-Cham
Lac des Chavants – a walk in the woods in autumn © montblancfamilyfun.com
Lac des Chavants – cabane-making in autumn © montblancfamilyfun.com

Tennis Courts

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).

Parcours d’Orientation at Lac des Chavants © leshouches.com

To read about MBFF’s experience on this parcours d’orientation (we LOVED it!), see here.

Children’s leisure club 

During the school holidays, 🌈 the leisure club at Lac des Chavants accepts children from 18 months to 11 years in the winter, 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 and forms to fill out to sign-up.

address: Club Enfants des Chavants, allée des Diligences, 74310 Les Houches;

Summer Events

In the summertime, there are 🎵 special concerts at La Guinguette, 🎆 fireworks as part of FestiVallée, and entertainment for children . . .

Weekly treasure hunts . . .

© Les Houches Animations

Les Chavantures . . .

© Les Chavantures / Les Houches Tourisme

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.

Piou Piou at Les Chavants
ESF Piou Piou at Les Chavants © montblancfamilyfun.com

Cross-country skiing & snow-shoeing

Depending on ❄️ snow conditions, the cross-country skiing route is 🗓 open from December until March. There are two loops of about 3km, which head around the lake and into the forest;

Practical information
address: Le Lac des Chavants, 148 allée des Dilligences, Les Chavants, 74310, Les Houches

website: for more details see here

🚙 parking: lots of FREE parking on-site (very busy during the winter season as skiers using 🚡 Prarion lift fill it quickly!);

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