Blue. There is no denying that this is the predominant colour when you chose to walk the lakes route, hugging the lines of the Jura Mountains in all of its aquatic glory. 150 km of trails and a subtle palette ranging from dark navy blue to south sea turquoise let you explore the full diversity of the Jura lakes.
Shaped by Water
There is a total of around 20 bodies of water: Chalain, Chambly, Val, Vernois, Fioget, Bonlieu, the four lakes: Narlay, Ilay, Little Maclu and Great Maclu; in addition to Clairvaux, Etival, Blye, Onoz, Viremont, Antre, Coiselet and even Vouglans. Both glacial landforms and man-made dams pay homage to the wilderness around them in their shimmering reflections. Fast-flowing waterfalls, sheer overhangs and lush forests are all natural attractions found along this lake route. In particular, the Giant Cauldrons at Pont-de-Poitte and the Hérisson waterfalls, a designated heritage site that plummets 255 metres and crashes onto rocks along a nearly 4-km stretch are both worth mentioning.
History of the Waters
The lakes route also takes you back in time to the Neolithic sites at Marigny, near Chalain Lake, the medieval remains in Arinthod, Saint-Hymethière, Orgelet and Gigny. For a more contemporary structure, there is the Pont de la Pyle and the Vouglans Dam, which offer breathtakingly high panoramas over the third largest artificial lake in France. Whether you go for aquatic and sporting activities or for relaxing walks, the colour blue is a common theme during every season, for all types of tourism in the Jura Mountains.