Étang de Cuzieu

Loire 42  >  France

The Etang de Cuzieu serves as an ornithological reserve and you can observe many local and migrating birds.

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Most recent update 7 April 2022
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The lake of Cuzieu is the largest lake in an area of many lakes along the river Loire near the village of Cuzieu. The lake is bordered by reed beds and has some islands. The reed beds and small islands attract a good number of birds such as Black-crowned Night Heron, Purple Heron, Little Egret and Cattle Egret, the latter particularly enjoying the company of cattle from neighboring farms. Other birds you can encounter are Marsh Harrier, Little Grebe, Snipe, Common Kingfisher, Black-headed Gull and Garganey.


Français: A voir absolument. L'Étang de Cuzieu sert de réserve ornithologique et permettra l'observation des oiseaux locaux et en transit.



On foot or by bike along the paths along the banks of the Loire. Even continuing on the edges there are still observation spots. For cars you can park near the pond Pouillon or near the petanque court next door. Click on the P in the map to get directions. The circular walk indicated on the map is about 4 km long.


Français: A pied ou vélo par les chemins des bords de Loire . Même en continuant sur les bords il y a encore des spots d'observation. Pour les voitures vous pouvez vous garer vers l'étang Gourd Pouillon ou vers le terrain de pétanque juste a côté .

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Scattered trees and bushes , Wetland , Plain , Lake



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Summer , Spring , Spring migration


Narrow trail , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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