The summer is inextricably linked with water. Doing some wading, swimming and fishing in crystal clear mountain lakes. Rafting on the Dranse river or boating in a rented yacht past picturesque villages on Lake Geneva. Seeking adventure in a white water paradise or, indeed… relaxing in a luxurious thermal spa.
The Châtel now features the new Forme d’O, a swimming pool with a beautiful wellness area for a relaxing day enjoying water and wellness. What is much more fun is, of course, swimming in the open air. Champéry and Morgins has a beautiful open-air swimming pool with sunbathing lawn.
If you don’t mind a half-hour drive, then follow the route along the Dranse river, through the Gorges to Lake Geneva. Here, you will find several sandy beaches where you can swim in peace.
Rafting / Canoeing
Whitewater rafting on the Dranse river, one of the most beautiful rivers in France. Through unpredictable gorges with beautiful trees, the Dranse river winds from the mountains towards Lake Geneva. It’s not for nothing that the French kayaking championships are held on this river!
From €38 per person. Minimum age 10 years old.
Within a half hour, you are on fashionable Lake Geneva, a beautiful lake with picturesque villages, palm trees and large mansions. Here, you can rent a sailboat for a day (or half-day). With a skipper if desired.
A half hour from here is the Swiss Aquaparc Les Bouverettes. Inside, you have numerous slides, whirlpools, jacuzzies and a large wave pool. Of course, there is also a wonderful outside area with a beach, sunbathing lawn and swimming pool situated directly on Lake Geneva.
Lavey Les Bains thermal baths
In Switzerland, you will find the Lavey Les Bains thermal baths(past St. Maurice in the direction of Martigny). This complex offers various saunas and steambaths, an outdoor pool with jacuzzies, rapids and sunbeds. Inside, you can bob around in the swimming pool with “underwater music”. Cool off in the ice cave or dive into the plunge pool.
Somewhat closer by is also the Thermes Parc in Val d’Illiez.
On the banks of the glistening valley river the Dranse and the lakes of Châtel is a great place for anglers. For this, you need a local or national fishing card with stamp. This pass is available in Châtel, in the tobacco shop Tabac-Presse Girardoz (tel. +33(0)4 50 73 20 75).
Fishing in the Lac de Vonnes and Lac La Mouille
The lakes Lac de Vonnes and Lac la Mouille in Châtel are ideal for combining a day of fishing with a visit to the village or a nice hike. Fishing cards are available for purchase near the lake. From June to October, between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Rates starting at €5 per day.
Have you always wanted to improve your fishing technique? Each week, fishing lessons are given at Lac de Vonnes for a maximum of 15 people. You must provide your own equipment. Make reservations at the Châtel tourist office. Rates range from €5 to €10 per day.
Fly fishing lessons
Discover the art of fly fishing! At Lac La Mouille, special fly fishing lessons are offered regularly for a maximum of 10 people. You can book lessons at the Châtel tourist office. Telephone numbers: +33(0)4 50 73 34 12 or +33(0)6 82 05 87 39.
Thursday from 10 a.m. until 12 noon: introductory class
Thursday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.: lessons to improve your technique
Rate: €5. This includes equipment. This does not include the round-trip ticket for the cabin lift.