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- Between Provençal lavender meadows and the peaks of the southern Alps
- By a shallow lake for watersports and swimming
- Two heated pools, waterslides, Jacuzzi, restaurant and playground
A lake, two brothers and a simply splendid setting between Provençal lavender meadows and the peaks of the southern Alps… start counting the ways why Les Rives du Lac in south-east France is such an excellent and enthused-about place to stay.
Les Rives is a hands-on, family-run site with one brother managing the site and the second running the restaurant, both making it their mission to ensure you and yours have a comfy stay. The site's on the banks of a small, calm lake where the entertainment team organises frequent watersports activities during July and August – or you could just decide to have gentle dips instead: as it's fairly shallow, water temperatures are around 24°C in summer and the lake is popular for swimming from May to September. Lifeguards are on hand during July and August.
Off site, Les Rives is about 10 minutes' drive from the Provence town of Veynes, five minutes' walk from the leisure and amusement park of Base de Loisirs des Iscles and half an hour's drive from department capital Gap and the biggest market in the Haute-Alpes. Hiking, cycling, climbing courses, horse riding and pedalo boating are among the activities accessible from the grounds or close by.
And on the site itself? Well. What a lot there is to do here after you've dried yourself off from a dip or a watersports session in the lake. Don't change out of your swimming togs with too much haste though, as you'll want to check out the site waterpark: there are two heated and covered pools (or uncovered, if the weather allows), as well as a Jacuzzi, waterslides and a paddling pool.
Done? Check out the multisports court, table tennis, table football and pétanque court of a summer morning while the kids are at their activity club (running every morning in July and August for ages five to 11). Then spend the afternoon in the pools/ on the lake, before settling down in the evening to take in the July and August entertainment, including outdoor cinema screenings every week and free concerts on the restaurant terrace every Wednesday.
The restaurant specials run every evening from mid-June to the end of August; during this time guests can also get paninis and sandwiches on the weekends from noon, with takeaway dishes available too. The neighbouring restaurant is just 50 metres away.
Les Rives du Lac also has a roomy play area with giant trampoline; fishing from the site; free wifi and bike hire.
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From the manager...
Thank you for posting a comment. Indeed we had last year a bar-tender who was not really friendly, and we apologize for any inconvenience you've had. He will no longer be part of our team.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Fully serviced pitches
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Jumbo tent pitches
Les Rives du Lac has the warm weather of the Provence in a mountainous landscape, in a tiptop base for outdoor pursuits with many accessible directly from or close to the site: try swimming in the lake, fishing, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, treetop adventure climbing courses, horse and pony riding, miniature golf, pedalo boating...
A few kilometres away are places to get stuck into the mountain climbing and hiking of the local via ferrata routes, or you could determine to get your heart rate pumping even higher with some canyoning, paragliding or zipping around on dirt scooters on the ski slopes in summer.
Sailing, golf, paintball and whitewater sports are all reachable within an hour. Too much activity for one trip? Potter around the Provençal villages instead, seeing where your car leads you around the local gorges, rock formations, bee and cheese farms, old churches, and castles (many of them hosting music festivals throughout the summer).
Many markets selling local produce are around too, such as the Marché de Gap, the biggest market in the Hautes-Alpes region, which runs on Saturday mornings in the main square.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||12 p.m. –||10 p.m.|
|Arrive:||4 p.m. –||10 p.m.|
Les Rives du Lac cancellation policy
No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Les Rives du Lac will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days then the balance will be taken immediately.
Local eco/city tax of €0.50 (£0.43) per person over the age of 18 per night is not included and must be paid on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer