Bassin du Réaltor

Bouches du Rhône  >  France

The blue lake of Bassin du Réaltor is a settling basin of the Montricher canal. Good place to stroll and enjoy its ornithological richness.

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Most recent update 31 January 2023
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Bassin du Réaltor near the village of Cabriès is an artificial lake with an area of about 70 hectares. The shallow lake is surrounded by abundant aquatic vegetation. The lake is of great biological value. Several species of birds nest in the area such as Great Bittern, Reed Bunting and Eurasian Hobby. It is also an important site for wintering ducks, in particular one of the main wintering areas in Provence for Common Pochard and Tufted Duck. Other birds you can encounter are Grey Heron, Red-crested Pochard, Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Cetti's Warbler and Marsh Harrier.


Français: Le Lac bleu, bassin de décantation du canal de Montricher, invite à la balade et surprend par sa richesse ornithologique. Petit lac pas profond très joli assez sauvages. Bassin du Réaltor est d'une grande valeur biologique. C'est un site d'accueil important pour les canards plongeurs venus du Nord de l'Europe. C'est en particulier l'une des principales zones d'hivernage en Provence pour les Fuligules milouins et morillons. Le bassin est utilisé comme zone de repos par les canards qui vont se nourrir la nuit sur les rives de l’Étang de Berre.



You can park near the village of Cabriès. Click on the P in the map for directions. From there you can explore the area on foot or mountain bike.


Français: Se garer a Cabriès. Cliquez sur le P sur la carte pour les directions. Accessible a pieds ou VTT.

Terrain and Habitat

Lake , Reedbeds



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


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