The lake of Sainte-Croix
The lake project was completed in November 1975 and gave birth to the largest lake of the Verdon, with an area of 2200 ha, a length of 14 km and a width of 2 km, it is divided between the Alpes de Haute Provence (04), with the village of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, and the Var (83) including the village of Les-Salles-sur-Verdon and Bauduen (where our rental booth is located). Bauduen, "a village... nestled on the shoulder of the hills sheltered from the mistral..." (Giono), is, since the flooding of the dam of Ste Croix, directly located on the banks of the lake.
The lake stretches from the Galetas bridge on the north side, where it is fed by the Verdon through the Grand Canyon (2nd largest canyon in the world after the Colorado Canyon), to the hydroelectric dam at the entrance to the Gorges of Baudinard, on the south side. Giono said about the Grand Canyon: "The birds themselves hesitate to dash from one side to the other over this void where the life of the cosmic powers slowly moves".
The dam supplies several of the neighbouring towns with electricity, producing more than 150 million KWh per year.
The beauty of the lake makes it a great tourist spot, especially in the warm season, whether for the many hikes that overlook it or for a simple ride in an electric boat (only type of motorization allowed) which will certainly end with a swim in its turquoise waters!