Swimming and water sports at the lakes of Torcy and Montaubry

Le Creusot and its surrounds boasts some hidden little pieces of paradise, and it’s all right on our doorstep. So, what better way to immerse yourself in the great outdoors than the lakes of Torcy and Montaubry?

Nature lovers and walkers enjoy a natural setting boasting a rich and unique plant biodiversity with typical species growing on the lakeside. Ideal to relax, picnic, snap some pictures or indulge in the nap, there are all sorts of activities that both grown-ups and little ones can take part in.

At sunrise, early visitors can be greeted by a shimmering frost covered landscape and an atmospheric light silvery veil of mist floating just over the surface of the lakes.

Whether you are looking for water sports, walks or to just relax and lap up the peace and quiet with a backdrop of spectacular scenery, both lakes have it all!

La plage des Patins au lac de Montaubry, Le Breuil. © Bruno Le Hir de Fallois.

The lake of Montaubry

Located in Le Breuil, near the canal du Centre and the high-speed TGV train station of Creusot-Montceau , this 128 acres water reservoir is a tranquil place for a top day out with the family.

Favourite activities include taking a dip in the water at the supervised beach des Patins. For the more adventurous, activities include stand-up-paddle boarding, windsurfing, wakeboarding and water-skiing on the lake of Montaubry!

Sheltered from the wind, the lake of Montaubry is ideal to practice water-skiing and wakeboarding and has become an extremely popular spots for competitors from all over the world, regularly hosting league cups, French and Swiss water ski and Barefoot championships. Founded in the 1960s, the Ski Nautique Club of Montaubry has trained many champions. Whether an expert or complete novice, maximize your enjoyment of this exhilarating sport with their experienced qualified team in spring and summer (late May to September).

L'étang de Torcy. © Lesley Williamson.

The lake of Torcy

A true oasis of greenery for locals and visitors, the Lake of Torcy is a haven of peace and tranquillity on the town’s doorstep. This vast body of water of 120 acres is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiast. The lake beacons walkers, paddlers, fishermen, canoers, windsurfers, families simply enjoying a picnic or lovers indulging in a romantic stroll.   

Fit for international competitions, the lake of Torcy regularly hosts rowing competitions including the French national championships. This sport is practiced individually or with the club Nautique Creusotin. Renowned for winning many titles and medals at the French championships and international competitions, this club is a living testimony of the industrial and social adventure of Le Creusot. Created in 1902 by the management of the Schneider factories, the club was established to promote well-being to its employees through the practice of swimming and jousting.