Lac de la Cavayère
|Lac de la Cavayère|
|Primary inflows||Montirat, Bazalac, Mitgé|
|Surface area||18 ha (44 acres)|
|Water volume||1.5×106 m3 (53×106 cu ft)|
The lake, also known as Carcassonne Plage (in English, Carcassonne Beach), was created by the building of a 23 metre high dam in 1988 after severe forest fires affected the area in 1985. The surface area of the lake, which is fed by the creeks of Montirat, Bazalac and Mitgé, is 180,000 m² and it is 1.5 million cubic metres in volume.
It is a short distance from the town of Carcassonne and has been made into a popular recreation area. Ducks and wildfowl are common and the 400,000 m² surrounding area is notable for a diversity of habitats, flora and fauna.
During 2005 the lake was closed to bathing due to strong algal blooms.
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