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Swimming - Water Sports - Fishing

The many rivers, waterfalls and lakes make Languedoc-Roussillon an ideal place for all water sports. Just a 45 minute drive will take you to Lac de Montbel, a man made reservoir that covers 550 hectors. Set in an area of outstanding beauty and with the Pyrenees Mountains as it's backdrop this is a perfect place to enjoy being on the water or simply relaxing.

The relatively unknown Lac de Montbel is located in the French department of Ariege not far from the Spanish border. The setting is beautiful with views often partly snowy peaks. An interesting feature of Montbel is that it is composed out of four different, unconnected waters.  You will find water sports including canoeing, sailing dingy and windsurf hire


Lac de Montbel is known as a difficult public water, with a relatively thin carp file. However some very large specimens of more than 20 kilos are present.

The chance that you first catch a big bream is quite large, as it is more known for the huge specimen of more than   8 kg. Especially the second largest lake that is recommended, but you should fish here early in the year because of the weed beds that show up during the summer.

Besides big bream there is also big catfish at Lac de Montbel, with specimens up to 2 meters.

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