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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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  • The title says it all. It was part of a day trip/visit to Gorges du Verdon and surroundings. The water level was extremely low this year due to the hot weather. Yet the surroundings is still... 
    The title says it all. It was part of a day trip/visit to Gorges du Verdon and surroundings. The water level was extremely low this year due to the hot weather. Yet the surroundings is still...  more »
  • We drove up to Lac de Sainte-Croix September 1 hoping to kayak the Gorges du Verdon. I don’t remember if we knew before we got there that access to the canyon by the river was closed due to low... 
    We drove up to Lac de Sainte-Croix September 1 hoping to kayak the Gorges du Verdon. I don’t remember if we knew before we got there that access to the canyon by the river was closed due to low...  more »
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  • Beautiful lake leading into Gordon Verge. We rented a pedal boat for an hour and swam in the cool water. Finding a boat was easy on a Monday morning but you probably want to get here first thing in the morning on the weekends.
  • The Lake of Sainte Croix is a beautiful lake with crystal clear turquoise water and beautiful views of the mountains around. There’s so much to explore around the lake and the gorges du verdon. A must when visiting the Verdon!

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