On 6 March 2015, the Region designated Lac d'Aiguebelette and part of the Epine forest as a Regional Natural Reserve (844 hectares).
The quality of the Aiguebelette lake and its aquatic environment, the richness of its wet areas, the diversity of its forest side and its archeological remains have created a remarkable heritage that justifies its classification.
It's a recognition of several decades of commitment from the local councillors and the protection associations of the lake who managed to take the founding measures to protect the lake and its surroundings as soon as the 1970's.
With more than 60 endangered species and about twenty natural habitats, the perimeter of the Reserve is full of biogeographic influences such as natural habitats from the Pre Alpine context to dry Mediterranean habitats.
The objective is not to sanctuarise the place. The reserve's purpose is to protect the current heritage, but it also recognises the current use (tourism, fishing, hunting, rowing) while making sure the place develops itself along with the fauna and flora.
The administrators of the Reserve are the Aiguebelette lake local council community (CCLA) and the Savoy Natural Spaces Protection Committee (CENS).
For more info: http://www.ccla.fr/lac-environnement/reserve-naturelle-regionale
All year round.