LAKE SALAGOU
                             

Lake Salagou is a unique sight stretching over 1800 acres.

Its surroundings are exceptional, covering the period from the end of the Palaeozoic to the beginning of the Quaternary era.

Lake Salagou offers you a very wide spectrum of activities.

LISTED SITE (August 2003)
 

     

Lake Salagou - statistics...

The Rocks (in millions of years) Man
The red soil and fossil imprints:   
(End Palaeozoic era, Permian)
 
250
Traces from the Palaeolithic: 
(Near Octon and Merifons)
more than 10000
The sandstone around Roubignac:    
(Mesozoic era, Triassic)
 
200 The Dolmens: 4000
The dolomites of Moureze:  
(Mesozoic Jurassic)
 
160 The Celts: 3000
The basalt, the volcanic rocks     
(Early Quaternary era)
2 The Gallo-Romans:   2000
    The Wisigoths:
1500
 
 
Saint-Fulcran:   
1000
       
The lake 
The Dam
Altitude
139m
Height
62m
Length (from Octon to the dam)
6,5 km Length 357m
Surface area
750 ha Width of the top 7,42m
Volume
125 millions de m3 Amount of basalt used 800000 m3
Depth : At the dam...
  Between the peninsula and Vailhés...
  Level with Octon...
45m
22m
4m
Amount of basalt used 1650000 t
Summer temperature 28° Amount of concrete used
50000 m3
    Work started 1964
 
 
Work completed
1969

                                                                                                                                                                                 

LOVE WRITTEN IN STONE

Whilst wantering the slopes of the Ruffes, you are bound to find these fleeting little votive offerings, usually names in the middle of hearts.
Legend has it that these little white Salagou stones speak of the deep but forbidden love between Jeanne, the baron's daugther, and Bauzille, the woodcutter's son. This 12th century story is behind these everpopular displays of affection.


"Les oiseaux du Salagou" : http://www.lesoiseauxdusalagou.fr