What to do on Lac de Gérardmer

Lac de Gerardmer is the largest lake in the Vosges Massif, and guess what? It’s less than a 30-minute drive from Domaine des Messires! You’ll be able to get away from it all and discover its 155 hectares and breathtaking scenery during your stay. It’s the perfect place for fishing, swimming and even canoeing! Here are just a few of the things you can do there! Let’s go!

Enjoy a good fishing trip

Lac de Gerardmer lies at an altitude of 660 meters, and fishing is authorized during the legal opening period. You can use a vacation permit without any problem. Pike, carp, roach, trout and other fish await you!

A dip in Lake Gérardmer

Good news! Not only is the lake absolutely sublime to contemplate, but you can also swim in it. Surrounded by mountains and trees, you can take a dip and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. A word of advice: in summer, we recommend arriving early to get the best seats!

Walk around the lake

Lac de Gerardmer is the ideal place to take a leisurely stroll and stretch your legs. The trail is signposted and allows you to discover all the natural treasures this town has to offer. It will take you about 1 hour 45 minutes to cover the 6 km and complete the tour of the lake. A cycling enthusiast? Bike lanes have been installed just for you! Enjoy it!


Want to enjoy the lake from the inside? You can rent a boat or pedalo and cross the lake from one end to the other. Your eyes will sparkle at the idyllic panorama, and you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities in the middle of Lake Gerardmer!

Windsurfing and canoeing

Lac de Gerardmer has also thought of you, dear sporting friends! If you like adrenalin and water sports, you can windsurf, kayak or row on the lake. Children and adults can even take windsurfing lessons from the professionals on hand. Let yourself be tempted!