Chalainrental: House rental in France, in Jura Mountain near Chalain lake
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The lake and surrounding area :
The lac de Chalain is of glacial origin and man has visited it for centuries. The first traces of man living on its shores date from 3,600 years BC. The lake has become an important European archeological site due to its richness in prehistoric artifacts.
Because of this, the lake and the immediate surrounding area has been classed as a protected zone (for example, the use of motorized boats is prohibited contributing to the tranquility of the area). According to the season, the lake and its surrounding area provides for many outdoor activities :

pêche, voile sports nautiques

The water

The quality of the lake water is excellent, assuring relaxing swims throughout the summer season. The beaches are patrolled by qualified lifeguards.

The respectable size of the lake (230 hectares) allows for the practice of numerous watersports such as: sailing, rowing, canoeing, or windsurfing (equipment rental available locally). It is possible to take sailing lessons (from beginner to advanced) at the Nautic Club (03 84 25 78 55).

For those who enjoy fishing the lake is home to pike, perch, dace, and many other species. The Ain river is only 2 km away permitting a rapid change of environment for those wishing to go fly-fishing for trout.

You can also discover this splendid valley of the Ain by canoe or kayak leaving the village of Pont du Navoy, 5 km away.

For those seeking more extreme sensations, canyoning may be practiced in the Bienne valley.

The land

Several trails that start from the house and circle the lake (~9 km) can be navigated by foot or by mountain bike. An extensive network of trails connects with surrounding areas allowing for outings adapted to the physical condition of each individual.

Several exceptional natural sites are at close proximity and should definitely not be missed: les cascades du Hérisson (a series of waterfalls) and the lookout point over the lake at Fontenu are two examples. On the road leading to the waterfalls, an animal park (la ferme des Aurochs 03 84 25 72 95) showcases bison, aurochs and Scottish ox. Horseback riding may be practiced at the equestrian club/pony club at Doucier (03 84 25 71 30).

There are many museums in the area that will occupy those rainy days. At the toy museum (le musée du Jouet) located at Moirans en Montagne, adults will rediscover with a touch of nostalgia, their childhood toys, while their children learn about the development process of a toy, from its conception to its marketing.

For those interested in golf, several courses in the surrounding area offer greens in the sumptuous countryside.

During the winter season the tranquility and the beauty of the site can be appreciated on snowshoes or on foot along the many forest trails which start from the house and circle the lake. This is an excellent way to meet up with some of the local wildlife (deer, chamois, foxes).

Those who enjoy winter sports will find cross-country and downhill skiing as well as snowboarding starting at 20 km from the lake. In the evening, unwind and relax in the cosy and warm atmosphere of the house on the shores of lac de Chalain !

The air

The ALIZE ULM base at Doucier (03 84 25 71 93) will give you the opportunity to discover the thrill of a first time flight or a longer version offering a bird's eye view of the most breathtaking sites of the region.

For the more adventurous, the mountainous terrain of the Jura offer numerous sites that are ideal for practicing hang-gliding and para-gliding.

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