reserve naturelle nationale du bout du lac

Doussard nature reserve

Less than 5 km from the La Ravoire and Les Fontaines Annecy campsites, the Bout du Lac national nature reserve is a haven of peace perfect for a family stroll along Lake Annecy. Overview of this protected area accessible to children, strollers and people with reduced mobility.

A site of more than 80 hectares classified Natura 2000

The Doussard or Bout du Lac reserve is the last left wetland in Lake Annecy. This marsh, crossed by two rivers is the place of refuge for several animals, including beavers. Classified Natura 2000 in 1974, this site shelters a myriad of fragile ecosystems that the visitor can discover during a short walk of approximately 1 hour. Along the way, he will discover various landscapes which follow one another: marshes, undergrowth, moors, meadows, reed bed ...

A nice walk on a landscaped trail

A very well maintained landscaped trail allows all  types of walkers, including families with pushchairs or disabled with wheelchairs to venture into the Bout du Lac reserve. Allow between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete the return trip (1.7 km trail, 3.4 km in total). You will first see a cross placed on the site of the first church of Doussard. You will reach a large field, then the marsh. You will then take a path on stilts which will lead you to Lake Annecy. Before making a U-turn, take the time to observe and climb to the top of the Beauvivier Tower built during the medieval era, as well as the beavers present near the Eau Morte (Saint-Ruph) river. The path is marked and lined with explanatory panels which will provide you with information on the reserve.

How to get to the Bout du Lac national nature reserve

From the Les Fontaines or La Ravoire campsite, you can reach the Bout du Lac reserve:

  • By bike: by the greenway which runs along Lake Annecy. In Doussard, at the SNC store, turn left and immediately take the first street on the left towards the lake to the reserve.
  • By car: D1508 direction Doussard, and follow the indications above.