Lac de Bairon

Ardennes  >  France

Lake of 120 hectares. Especially the northwestern part of the lake is of interest and attracts many birds. More than 150 bird species have been recorded.

Added* by HUART Catherine
Most recent update 17 March 2023


Nestled in the heart of the Ardennes region, Bairon Lake has a total surface area of 120 hectares and is made up of two bodies of water separated by a dyke. The old pond on the northwestern side of the dyke and its adjoining reed bed, is the place to be for birdwatching. It has been transformed into a natural reserve. The big lake to the southeast side of the dyke is less interesting and created for water sports and activities. You can walk around the old pond, through the forest to discover passerines and along the lake for migrants. The reed bed and wet thickets hide the nesting of many species, including Little Bittern. Among the other birds you can see in the area are Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye, Reed Warbler and Little Ringed Plover.


Français: Parcours autour de l'ancien lac, à travers la forêt pour y découvrir les passereaux et longer le lac pour les migrateurs. L'avifaune est particulièrement bien fournie. On y dénombre pas moins de 151 espèces d'oiseaux, dont 104 protégées et 11 en danger (liste rouge des oiseaux de Champagne-Ardenne). L'hiver ne pas hésiter à aller vers le terrain de camping pour les voir de plus près et peut-être avoir la chance d'apercevoir des oies à tête barrée.



There are several parking areas around the lake. Closest to the northwestern part of the lake is a space for lunch (picnic) just after the footbridge, on the left, where you can park. Click on the P in the map for directions. You can make a circular walk (4,5 km) around this part of the lake.


Français: Un espace pour déjeuner (pique-nique) juste après la passerelle, sur la gauche, où l'on peut stationner. Visite à pied. Cliquez sur le P sur la carte pour les directions. Vous pouvez faire une promenade circulaire (4,5 km) autour de cette partie du lac.

Terrain and Habitat



Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter , Spring


Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Photo Lac de Bairon by François GOGLINS, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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