Tourist attractionsThe lakes
The Longemer lake sits in a basin which was made by a glacier.The Vologne River flows through. The surface area is 76 ha and it is 1950m long, 550m wide and 34m deep. Altitude 736m.
Since 2002, the lake and its surroundings have been part of a listed area to preserve the identity and the beauty of the site.
Although it is allowed, there is not supervision and the local authorities decline responsibilities in case of accidents.
You can enjoy boating on the lake. Boats and windsurf boards can be hired on the lake of Longemer side.
You can fish in the lake or in the Vologne river. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced fisherman, you will enjoy fishing trout, perch, burbot, pik, roach, chub, char, lake or river fish. Don't forget to buy your permit:
- Tobacconist L’Osella
Route de Colmar, 88400 Xonrupt-Longemer
Phone: 00 333 29 60 88 61
- Campsite La Chaumière
2404, route du lac, 88400 Xonrupt-Longemer
Phone : 00 333 29 63 13 30
It is a privately owned lake, renowned for its beauty. It was created by a glacier and is crossed by the Vologne river too.Swimming is forbidden and fishing is private.
It is 320m wide, 250 m long and 11.5m deep. Altitude 776m.
The creation of the Lake Valley
During the quaternary glaciations, The Vosges were covered by ice sheets several times.The three lakes were born during the Würm glaciation between 80,000 & 10,000 B.C.
- The first one, Retournemer, is a caldera shaped lake.
- The second one, Longemer, lies inside the bed of a former glacier.
- The third one, Gérardmer, is a moraine-dammed lake.