Lac de Sainte-Croix, Aiguines

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The Lake of Sainte-Croix (French: lac de Sainte-Croix) is a man-made lake that was formed by the construction, between 1971 and 1974 (when it was put into service) of a reinforced-concrete arch dam by the name of dam of Sainte-Croix. It is fed by the Verdon river, at the outlet of the Verdon Gorge. The reservoir holds a maximum of 761 million cubic metres of water. The dam, which generates 142 million kWh of electricity per year, is 94 metres high, 7.5 metres thick at its base and 3 metres thick at its crest.

The village Les Salles-sur-Verdon stands by the lake; it was rebuilt on the shore after the original village was destroyed to make room for the reservoir. Other villages around the lake are Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon and Bauduen.
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  • I thought the electric boat would be a bit boring but we loved it! And we were allowed to jump of and swim. Such nice water and not at all cold.  more »
  • It is a very beautiful lake, but artificial, and full of playing people. I prefer the rivir that runs to it.  more »
  • Beutiful place to visit with a variety of water sports and camping options around. Turqoise color of water, stony beaches, not so many tourists. 👌🏻
  • Outstanding beautiful lake. Probably the most beautiful one I’ve ever seen

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