lacs et cascades

Lakes and waterfalls

Jura lakes and Hérisson waterfalls

Lake Chalain, Lake Vouglans, Lake Bonlieu, Cascades du Hérisson

The Hérisson waterfalls

It is one of the largest natural sites in the Franche Comté region!
Located in a remote area surrounded by cliffs, the Hérisson River, from its height of 805 meters, descends in a series of 31 jumps and 7 waterfalls before crossing the Val and Chambly lakes. A laid out walking route allows you to visit this exceptional natural site and follow the river to discover the multiple waterfalls, basins and caves… Be careful, due to falling rocks, the passage under the Grand Saut waterfall is now forbidden.

Natural sites

The natural sites of the Jura

Natural sites and landscapes of Jura heritage to discover

Les Reculées de Baume les Messieurs

Further north, in the vineyard and Revermont area, don’t miss the impressive and romantic remote location of Baume Les Messieurs. Formed by the meeting of three valleys, the Baume cirque is dominated by the cliffs of a remote area which cuts into the Jura plateau. The limestone side of these cliffs has carved out numerous caves which can be visited. The discovery of this panorama is striking. The majesty of the landscape contrasts with the gentleness of the small village which stretches out in the hollow and overlooked by a tranquil abbey. At the bottom of the retreat, take a break at the Tuf waterfall.

village haut jura

Territory & Gastronomy

Jura Territory and Gastronomy

Taste our Jura specialties, Jura and Comté wines…
The vineyards of Chateau Chalon, Arbois, Voiteur, Pupillin, L’étoile….

The great scientist Louis Pasteur was born in the Jura, where he carried out his experiments in 1878 and discovered the laws on grape fermentation, the basis of modern oenology.

The small Jura wine region extends at the foot of the slopes of the Jura Massif, in eastern France, not far from the Swiss border. The vineyard stretches from north to south of the Jura department in the Franche-Comté region, between Salins-les-Bains and Saint-Amour, and forms a ribbon approximately 80 km long covered by the Wine Route. This route allows you to discover the Jura vineyards along the villages and wine-growing villages, where the great Jura wines are produced in the purest tradition of this thousand-year-old vineyard which has preserved the traces of a prestigious past.

Skiing & High Jura in winter

Skiing and snow activities in Haut Jura

Enjoy sliding, on skis, on sleds, on snowshoes, on winter sleds

Haut-Jura, bordered to the east by the Swiss border, to the north by Haut-Doubs and to the south by the Ain mountains, Haut-Jura only constitutes a small part of the Jura massif. At an altitude between 800 and 1600 m, it is the most authentic of the French mountains with its forest covering 80% of the territory, its villages nestled at the bottom of the valleys, its scattered farms and its famous Montbéliardes cows whose bells resonate in the distance. … Its gentle relief allows general public hiking

Haut-Jura with its range of landscapes, its lakes, its mountains and its valleys are a permanent invitation to leisure and the practice of multiple activities.



Discover in pictures activities and sites close to our lodges

The Jura lakes

Nowhere will you find so many such beautiful bodies of water gathered together: Lake Chalain, Lake Chamblay, Lake Val, Lake Ilay, Petit Maclu, Lake Narlay, Lake Bonlieu, Lake Clairvaux and de l’Abbaye, Lake Vouglans, with its dam… And contrasting with their calm waters, the exploits of the Hérisson, a river which descends 280 m in three kilometers: a dozen waterfalls including the Grand Saut, an overhanging waterfall of 60 m and the Eventail waterfall which spreads its foam in tiers over more than 65 m…
These natural lakes delight thousands of summer visitors who come to enjoy the joys of swimming, staying in the numerous gites, furnished holiday accommodation, yurts, caravans, campsites, hotels, which border them. Others, more wild, will offer a refreshing stopover for hiking enthusiasts.
Welcome to the Jura for unforgettable holidays around the lakes of the Jura, passing through the upper Jura mountain for skiing, snowshoeing and without forgetting the Doloise plain, with Dole, Lons le Saunier with its thermal baths, the Salines d’arc and senans, the Salines de Salins les Bains with its thermal baths and with its casino, the region of the Jura vineyards.


Lake Chalain
Located: between the towns of Doucier, Marigny and Fontenu.
Origin: Glacial Area: 232 Ha. Length: 2.9 km
Depth: Average 20 m. Altitude: 500 m

Lake Chalain is the largest natural lake in the Jura. At the edge of the lake, the remains of villages with houses on stilts dating from 3000 years BC have been remarkably preserved below the water level. After 30 years of study of the lakeside city, the site constitutes one of the most extraordinary documentary sources for knowledge of the daily life of men and women in the Neolithic. The research site cannot be visited (more information:
Beyond this exceptional past, Lake Chalain is today a paradise for vacationers and sportsmen. Many activities are possible on the lake, in the middle of the turquoise waters that can be admired from the Fontenu lookout.

Possible activities

Swimming, fishing, pedal boat rental, electric boat, canoes, kayak
The closest supervised beach to our lodges is
-La Pergola (Marigny) tel 0384257003, also restaurant and large grocery store with breads and croissants every day
Campsite parking: we provide our guests in our gites and chalets with free access to private parking at the edge of the lake.

Vouglans, or tamed Ain A wall 130 m high, 430 m wide and 54,500 m3 of concrete: this is the Vouglans dam, one of the most beautiful examples of a thin arch dam in France. No less was needed to tame the Ain and create, in addition to the third water reservoir in France (behind Serre-Ponçon and Sainte-Croix), a “tourist” lake around thirty kilometers long and with an area of 1600 hectares. You can practice all the water sports there, or enjoy the pleasure of boat trips on the lake.

The caves :
-the caves of Moidon
Just 15 minutes from Clairvaux -les- lacs, discover the most beautiful stalactites of the Jura. The quality guided tours, the grandiose stalagmites, the beauty of the Moidons caves will amaze young and old. Sound and light, an emotional moment, ends the visit in a grandiose way.
Open from April 1 to September 30, closed on Wednesdays in the off-season Route d’Arbois – 39800 MOLAIN – Tel. : 03 84 51 74 94 –

-The Planches caves (near Arbois)
This cave located at the end of the Refuge des Planches forms one of the sources of Cuisance. The proposed route runs along an underground river. Exceptional erosion phenomena: giant pots, organs, fir trees…gallery-museum, archaeological excavations
Guided tours 1 hour
From 03/15 to 11/15 every day July/August 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.* (* last departure)
Adult prices €7.50; child (4-12 years old) €3; child (12-18 years) and student €6
Tel: 03 84 66 13 74


The Gorges de la Langouette The Gorges de la Langouette, dug by the Saine, impress with their narrowness and depth. From the Langouette bridge, enjoy a beautiful view of this long snake of embedded river and come and immerse yourself in the special atmosphere of this place. You walk for an hour, along a welcoming and fun path in one of the sites listed as the most picturesque in the Jura.…gorges-de-la-langouette
The Billaude waterfalls
SYAM In a closed and wooded site, surrounded by cornices and landscaped, the Lemme falls through a narrow crack, in two successive falls over a height of 28m. A discovery of this site is possible via the equipped belvedere or via the path which leads you to the foot of the waterfall.
The source of the Ain with the Syam forges

The Royal Saltworks of Arc and Senans are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Salins les Bains, its Salines and its two forts and of course its thermal baths, spa, well-being, fitness centers with relaxation and massages,
The Jura offers you numerous opportunities to recharge your batteries.

Eagle’s Peak
The Pic de l’Aigle belvedere offers magnificent views of the Jura, the Hérisson valley, the Grandvaux and Lake Ilay. On a clear day, you can see the Mont Blanc massif. An orientation table set up at the top will allow you to read the 360° panorama. Access from the car park located at the Chaux du Dombief exit towards Clairvaux les Lacs. Pic de l’Aigle walk there and back 1 hour. Pic de l’Aigle walk and 4 lakes belvedere: 2h30 round trip. Walk from the Pic de l’Aigle, viewpoints of the 4 lakes going down towards Lake Ilay and the Maclu: 3h, 9km forming a loop visit

The preserved area of Haut-Jura
Past Chapelle-des-Bois, we also enter directly into Haut-Jura, kingdom of large forests (La Joux, Risoux, Le Massacre…) which cover nearly 70% of its territory, but also third and highest level of the Jura mountain, with an altitude varying from 700 to 1,500 meters. The Jura mountains are very much alive, populated by more than 310,000 mountain people steeped in artisanal know-how.

Saint-Claude, the capital of this high country, nestles in one of the hollows of the Bienne valley, in the heart of a dizzying site. It is an integral part of the Haut-Jura Regional Natural Park. This preserved space which spills over into the departments of Doubs and Ain, offers a harmonious alternation between forest massifs, meadows or high plateaus dotted with lakes and flowing waters.

Another curiosity of Jura geology, the surprising lapiaz de Loulle form a gigantic slab of limestone that bad weather has eroded since the melting of the glaciers, leaving a carpet of cracks. Winter and summer alike, we remain dreamy in front of the gentleness of the bumps of Bellecombe. So many geological fantasies which make the Jura mountains a unique site, undoubtedly one of the last great natural territories in Europe.


The climate is continental, rainy, with harsh winters.

The wines are made from five grape varieties:
Chardonnay and Savagnin for the whites
Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir for the reds
The vines benefit from favorable exposure and marly soil to produce great wines.
The variety of grape varieties offers an astonishing range of wines. Trousseau, Poulsard and Savagnin are only grown in the Jura and nowhere else.

The region produces mainly white wines (more than 50%) and is particularly renowned for its unique wines in the world: Vin Jaune and Vin de Paille (sweet wine from grapes originally dried on a bed of straw). ).


The Jura has 4 geographical designations: Arbois, Chateau-Chalon, Etoile, Cotes du Jura and 2 product designations: the Macvin du Jura (liqueur wine obtained by blending grape juice and old Jura marc) and the Crémant du Jura (sparkling wine).

Appreciate the wines and take a visit to the vincole fruitiere of Pupillin or Voieur, Discover all the Jura wines at Chateau Pécaud in Arbois.

Discover them in the Bourdy family cellar in Arlay. Take advantage of this visit to appreciate the many short walks and longer hikes offered by the Bourdy family in the old village of Arlay (history, architecture, circuit of mills and wash houses), in their biodynamically cultivated vines and around the ponds very close.

Comté Roads

Meet people, exchange, understand, be surprised? Do you love nature and the magic of the seasons? The milk producers, cheesemakers, refiners of the Jura Massif and all those passionate about their noble terroir welcome you and welcome you to the Comté Roads.


The morbier
In the 19th century, when there was milk left after the preparation of the noble Comté, but not enough to make another one, the farmers of Morbier reserved the remaining curd in a vat, covering it with a thin layer of ash collected from the wall of the cauldron. This layer of soot had the function of protecting it from insects.
The next day, after the preparation of the counties, the rest of the milking came to cover the first layer. Farmers reserved the resulting cheese for their own consumption.
Today, the thin layer of ash with a sweet and fruity flavor that characterizes it only has a decorative role and a reminder of this old practice.

It is a cheese made from cow’s milk, with uncooked pressed paste, with an average weight of 7 kg.
French cheese, made in Franche-Comté, and which takes its name from the Jura village of Morbier.

A multifaceted region, in the heart of a regional natural park, Haut-Jura offers a range of rich and varied tourist resources. The natural park serves as a setting for all possible hikes in preserved nature.
Summer is an equally attractive season with the numerous lakes and rivers which offer swimming, sailing, canoeing, canyoning, fishing… The beauty of nature can be discovered during hiking, cycling or skiing.


Winter The famous “Transjurassienne” cross-country ski race is an important event in Haut-Jura, with thousands of participants from all over the world covering the 76 km between the villages of Lamoura and Mouthe. Haut-Jura has successfully specialized in numerous artisanal and industrial activities. All of these activities, which make this region unique, are represented by a large number of museums; they also give an overview of the artisanal and industrial development of the region.

The Haut-Jura Regional Natural Park was created in 1986. Since 1998, it has brought together around a hundred municipalities spread between the departments of Jura and Doubs in Franche-Comté and Ain in the Rhône-Alpes region. They decided to work together to develop and promote a region that is still too little known. The Park promotes local production, develops tourist sites, marks hiking trails, etc. It develops management plans aimed at protecting fragile sites or threatened species such as the grouse.


There are various local products such as cheeses, cold meats, cured meats, honey, etc. The local gastronomy is characterized by salted and smoked beef tongue, salted goat cheese and “michons”.