Lac de la Forestière

Rhône-Alpes  >  France

Lac de la Forestière is home to a number of species of nesting birds. It also attracts many wintering and migrating waterbirds.

Added by Patrick Carrier


Lac de la Forestière is an old meander of the river Durance. One can observe many species of birds here. Among the birds you can see here are Common KingfisherEuropean Bee-eaterWhite WagtailBlack-crowned Night-HeronOspreyRed KiteEurasian Hobby and Red-crested Pochard.



Located 5 minutes from the motorway, the 9 hectares of La Forestière (on a 23 hectare site) have the advantage of being immediately accessible. Access on foot from a car park at the end of the road. Click on the P in the map to get directions. It takes about 20-30 minutes before arriving at the lake (several routes possible). See the route (7 km) on the map below.  In case of flood/high water the area may be flooded in some places.

Terrain and Habitat

Wetland, Plain, Lake, Grassland, Moors/heathland


Flat, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration, Autumn migration


Wide path, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The route is between 5 and 10 km flat depending on what you decide because there are different routes possible. Walk in relaxation mode and observe the birds on the trails around the lake. Taking a camera with you can be a good idea. With a little luck you can see European Bee-eater. Provide a little something to drink and nibble.


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Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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