La Puisaye-Forterre, located astride the department of Yonne and Nièvre, is a preferred destination for nature and water sports enthusiasts. Between its picturesque, high-quality stretches of water and its varied water activities, the area offers an ideal setting for a refreshing and entertaining summer vacation.

Discovering the water points of Puisaye-Forterre

Arsène Jurman / Puisaye Tourism
Swimming at Lac du Bourdon in Saint-Fargeau

In the heart of Puisaye, the largest lake in Yonne, Bourdon Lake à Saint Fargeau stands out as an essential place for swimming and water sports. Surrounded by greenery, this vast body of water invites you to relax on its large beach but also to practice numerous activities such as paddle boarding, canoeing or even sailing. The quality of its water and the beauty of its environment make it a privileged place to cool off, have fun with family or friends, and even learn about fishing.

Not far from there, theMoutiers pond and l'pond Toucy offer more intimate but equally charming settings to enjoy the joys of the water. These places are perfect for those looking to combine meditation and discovery of the surrounding nature, with hiking trails and walking routes near. You can practice fishing in Moutiers and kayaking in Toucy in summer.

Water activities in Puisaye-Forterre

The Daniel Bailly leisure center

At Lac du Bourdon located in the town of Saint Fargeau, the Daniel Bailly leisure center offers numerous water activities for all levels. You will have the opportunity to learn about canoe, kayak, paddle, kayak polo, 4×20 dinghy, windsurfing...

  • Playground
  • BBQ area
  • Kitchen
  • Playroom
  • Tables and benches
  • Mail Mailbox
  • Chalet rental
  • Nautical equipment rental
  • ATV rental
  • Sports equipment rental
  • Night watch
Kayak polo activity at Lac du Bourdon in Saint-Fargeau
Floriane Fisher

All these nautical activities can be practiced freely or alongside a qualified instructor to move safely in the water.

Equipment rental outdoor sports activities are also offered with Mountain biking and VTC, archery, beach volleyball, table tennis and table football.

Arsène Jurman / Puisaye Tourism

Toucy Pond

Every Wednesday afternoon in July and August, you can also discover canoeing at the Toucy pond. Contact the Tourist Office on 03 86 44 15 66.

Bathing places and swimming pools in the area

In summer, you can enjoy swimming in certain places in the heart of the nature of Puisaye-Forterre. Bumblebee Lake is where relaxation, swimming, sports, hiking, and activities of all kinds combine. The lake beach offers you a perfect setting to recharge your batteries surrounded by nature. In July and August, swimming is supervised at the Calanque.

Different swimming pools are located in the area of ​​Puisaye-Forterre, in Yonne, Loiret, Nièvre and Cher for some family time. During 2025, an aquatic center in Toucy will see the light of day.

Indoor swimming pools are located in the municipalities of:

  • Auxerre
  • Joigny
  • Chateau-Renard
  • Belleville sur Loire
  • Gien
  • Briare-le-Canal

Outdoor swimming pools are located in the municipalities of:

  • Bleneau
  • Entrains-sur-Nohain
  • Donzy

What to do around Saint-Fargeau?

During your stay in Puisaye-Forterre, you can discover a few kilometers from Saint-Fargeau, the Boutissaint animal park in the town of Treigny-Perreuse-Sainte-Colombe, Guédelon Castle, Museum and Colette House in the commune of Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, the artisan potters in Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye, or the Bois de la Folie leisure park in Treigny-Perreuse-Sainte-Colombe.

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