Right on the border of the Aude and Hérault departments lies the pleasant Lac de Jouarres. The lake is officially part of the community of Homps in the Aude, and the most important part of this lake is in this department as well. It doesn’t matter though, as you will find refreshment in the cool water regardless of which department you’re in! The pebbled beach and grassy shore invite you to spread your towel and cool down in this delightful lake.
As I was exploring the Minervois and Corbières areas between Carcassonne, Narbonne and Minèrve, I suddenly saw signs directing to the Lac de Jouarres. I felt like I could use a refreshing ‘plonge’, so I decided to go and find out if this lake was accessible. Following the signs to Lac de Jouarres did bring me to the lake, however I noticed that the beach was on the other side. So, back in the car I drove to the village of Homps, and there I found the signs to the Base Nautique. Here was all the fun!
The Lac de Jouarres is a reasonable sized lake, not too big and not too small. A walk around the lake is only 5 kilometres. Or you can rent a boat, stand-up paddleboard, windsurfing board, pedalo or canoe at the Club Nautique to add to your water enjoyment. During July and August, a lifeguard monitors swimming in the lake. One tip: wearing water shoes makes getting into the water via the pebbled beach more comfortable.
In the shade
After installing myself on the grass in the shade under the pines, I enjoyed a little picnic. You can also go to the Guinguette du Lac for traditional dishes and grills, ice creams and drinks. While you’re there, why not climb the stairs for a beautiful view over the Lac de Jouarres, which I forgot to do… Next time, I will bring the kids, as they will love the floating inflatable obstacle course and the pontoon for diving into the water.