kayak underwater forest

Discover the Aube en Champagne and never take your eyes off the water. Escape by swimming. Bubbling on the beach. Escape by boat. Paddling along the water. The 5,000 hectares of water in the Grands Lacs de Champagne in the Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park offer remarkable modern facilities for all kinds of water sports activities. Between adventure and idleness, this is the promise of the Aube, its large lakes and rivers. Inaddition to our selection of activities, let yourself be inspired by Yonder’s programme for a weekend in Champagne.

So, are you ready to dive into the dawn?

An enchanted walk?

Board your kayak and follow the nature guide to discover the submerged forest of the Orient Forest lake. With this walk, labelled “Ecotourism Experiences”, the Park teams offer you a cocktail of sensations to discover the biodiversityand inhabitants of this natural area: dragonflies, pikes or great crested grebes?

You must be able to swim to participate in this activity.

The Maison du Parc

Maximilien Maire, nature guide


Discover the meanders of the Seine

From Pont-sur-Seine, Emmanuel Favin, naturalist guide, will take you on his traditional boat made of poplar and wild aspen. Let yourself drift for a few hours through the meanders of the Seine to discover the fauna and flora. For nature lovers, be sure to discover all the local botanical varieties and enjoy a delicious picnic by the water using local produce.

Emmanuel Favin

On your marks, get set, paddle!

For those of you who have always dreamed of walking on water, no, you won’t be transformed into a superhero yet, but you can always let yourself be tempted by a paddle experience on the Seine. Standing on your board, you can let the Cercle Aviron Nogentais guide you across the long, quiet river… Enjoy an hour and a half of magical experience with your paddle and set off for a walk along the Seine.

Cercle Aviron Nogentais

Kayak - credit Filip Mroz

River trip and unusual night

A stone’s throw from Lake Amance, the Domaine du Colombier invites you to a unique experience. The programme includes a refreshing kayak trip, a relaxing break in a green setting and an unusual night in a nomad tent or Moroccan tent. The perfect combo for a restful and unusual night’s sleep after a sportive day!

Domaine Le Colombier

Raise your sails!

From port to starboard, be intoxicated by the sensation of being rocked along the great Lake Orient in a catamaran. The CNHS of Lusigny-sur-Barse offers you the possibility to rent a catamaran, to sail in complete autonomy on a supervised water area. So enjoy a stroll around the lake, with a sail in the wind and a smile on your face.

CNHS Sailing Club


To the rhythm of the wind…

Be as free as the air and let yourself be carried away by the tempo of the wind as you glide across the Lac de la Forêt d’Orient on a kitesurf. Discover the 5 kite spots, all located around the lake. Reserved for the initiated, discover our different spots: from the easiest along the beach of Mesnil St Père to the most difficult at the foot of the sea wall, don’t be afraid of anything and go for it!

1, 2, 3 Fly!

Take to the skies in a hydro-ULM and enjoy a unique experience to fly over the Regional Natural Park of the Orient Forest and the great lakes of Champagne. You will even have the chance to land there… Flights take place from the Brienne le Château aerodrome and landingsare made on the official hydro-ulm platform of the Amance lake, managed by Aube ULM.

Aube ULM

Dive-into-the-Aube with the Hydro ULM
kayaking on the seine

Like a fish in water

Canoeing is a good way to discover the territories of the Aube en Champagne, to explore inaccessible places and to enjoy a preserved nature, for a moment of total disconnection. More amusing than technical, more gentle than tumultuous, the rivers of the Aube en Champagne (the Seine, the Ource, the Aube…) transport floating hikers into a setting that is sometimes wild, sometimes urban. Take advantage of the many routes available throughout the region.

Canoe House

Swim in happiness

The 5,000 hectares of large lakes in the Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park and the many rivers offer beautiful places to enjoy a moment by the water, alone or with the family. After the adventure, one always appreciates taking time for idleness, the emblem of holidays! So far from the daily stress, dive into the heart of the Aube thanks to its various beaches and watering holes…



A serene stay

In the heart of the Othe forest, come and spend a stay for two in an unusual haven of peace nestled in a natural setting. Othentic’natur offers you an experience in the hollow of La Pom de Pin, a fairy-tale chalet to rest in complete serenity.

A wellness stay

Originally a small country bar, the Auberge du Lac, located in Mesnil-st-Père not far from the Forêt d’Orient lake, has been transformed into a charming and comfortable hotel surrounded by beautiful gardens. An idyllic place offering a gastronomic restaurant, a bistr’Auberge open for lunch and a Spa and well-being. Enough to fill up on good energy, as a family, as a couple or with friends…

A 100% natural stay

For an extension of the nature experience, the 3-star campsite Domaine le Colombier promises you a family experience with its 43 shaded pitches on the banks of the river Aube for optimum comfort and well-being… The little ones will also be delighted with the trampoline and access to the river, to dive into happiness… Rent bikes and canoes for your outings!

An authentic stay

Who has never dreamt of sleeping in Robinson Crusoe’s cabin? Built under the hull of his stranded boat, Robinson leaves you in charge of his pretty atypical cabin for the duration of your original stay in Champagne. Come aboard this cosy little nest, ideal for family weekends!


The Auberge du Lac

Domaine Le Colombier

Village de la Champagne


Brasserie with a view

Located opposite the port of Mesnil Saint Père, in the heart of the protected area of the “Grands Lacs”, the Belvédère invites you to savour its contemporary brasserie-style cuisine. Its sublime terrace offers a view over the Forêt d’Orient lake.

A historical setting

Eat iodized at Le Valentino, where Claudine and Gilles André welcome you in their 18th century house, nestled in a courtyard in the heart of the historic centre of Troyes. Between a delicious cuisine and a cellar full of surprises, it is the promise of a good time…

After a day at the lakes…

In the heart of Lusigny-sur-Barse, not far from the Forêt d’Orient lake, Le Petit Champenois welcomes you in a cosy and warm place with its shaded terrace where you will be offered a dish of the day, a choice of starters, a choice of dishes and desserts. A deliciously pleasant place…

The Belvédère

The Valentino

The Petit Champenois

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