Where To Swim Near Lyon: Natural Bathing

Natural Bathing

With this heat heat, at the limit of the bearable, I think only one thing is to leave the city and go to bathe.
I do not like swimming too much in public swimming pools, chlorine dries my skin and I am a little “microbiophobe”, I prefer to bathe in lakes or rivers, even if the water should not be all the healthy time either. But at least it’s natural, we’re not glued to each other and I trust Mother Nature!

To bathe in natural corners, it is generally necessary to make 20 minutes to 1h30 of road from Lyon. Better to leave in these cases for the whole day or the weekend and plant the tent or find a rental on airbnb or on Booking .
I have searched and tested spots around Lyon, here are my good addresses to bathe less than 2 hours drive from Lyon.

Where to swim near Lyon: Lake Miribel

(Ain)  20 min from Lyon – Free

Nice for a picnic and an afternoon with family or friends not far from Lyon. Accessible by bike or by bus.
Activities: rowing, sailing, canoeing / kayaking, catamaran, optimist, canoeing, windsurfing, boat, fishing, swimming, wildlife watching, golf, tennis, mountain biking, rollerblading, …

  • In high season (from 1 st  May to 30 September)
  • Monday to Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Sundays and bank holidays: 9 am – 8 pm

Where to bathe near Lyon: the river of Ain in Priay 

(Ain)  40 min from Lyon – Free

A nice corner of river, ideal with friends or family. Beach of pebbles and sand.
Activities: canoeing / kayaking, fishing, unsupervised swimming, with a “natural spot of thalassotherapy” thanks to the current in some places and the clay that is found in the river.
There is a small campsite right next to the river where we slept one night this weekend between friends, we fled the furnace in Lyon!

The emerald color of the water is magnificent, one has only one desire is to dive there!

3rd largest lake in France, it is one of the warmest too: its temperature can reach 28 ° C in summer!
The view is superb, we have a beautiful panorama on the mountain.

There are 7 beaches supervised and arranged around the lake, barbecues and animals are prohibited.
Activities: canoeing / kayaking, pedal boats, mini-golf, volleyball, badminton, petanque, games for children, tennis, …

  • Prices: 2 € / 2.5 € adult, 1 € / 1,50 € child, free less than 4/5 years
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Where to swim near Lyon: Lake Nantua 

(Ain)  1h10 from Lyon – Free

Free swimming
Activities: pedal boats, water skiing, windsurfing, canoeing, catamaran, fishing, …