Lac de Sainte-Croix

Lac de Saint-Croix

The Lake of Sainte-Croix is a man-made lake that was formed by the construction of the dam 1971-74  (The Dam of Sainte-Croix). The dam is 94 metres high, 7.5 metres thick at its base and 3 metres thick at its crest and generates 142 million kWh of electricity per year.

The village of Sainte-Croix-de-Verdon is today completely submerged and surrounded by 761 million cubic metres of water.

Filled by mountain water by mainly the Verdon river it is a refreshing lake to enjoy during hot summer days.

Combining a trip to the lavender fields by Valensole and a visit to the lake is a popular day trip for late June / beginning of July when the lavender blossoms are in full bloom.