Distance: 21.3 km
Duration (average) : 5h
Level: Orange level - Quite difficult
Elevation: 677 D +
Departure: Charavines
Pebbles, Earth, Hard coating (tar, cement, floor)
Yellow paint markup and directional posts at the main intersections (if there is no markup, stay on the main road).
In the countryside, Lake view
Recommended period (s): Autumn, Summer, Winter, Spring
2 road crossings: at the Fougères post and leaving the Marais de la Véronnière


This circuit will allow you to discover Lake Paladru in all its facets. Long hike (nearly 22 km) but without technical difficulty. Rather intended for good walkers or to do over 2 days.

Adeline, travel advisor: Want to take a tour of Lake Paladru? Discover its many facets to the rhythms of the highest points (max 700m altitude) and green hills that you will cross (obviously in winter it is more "stripped") ... Sometimes magnificent panorama, sometimes glimpsed that it you will have to seize, the lake is present! So it's true, you won't be strolling by the lake, but it is thanks to this height and distance that you can best admire this pearl of "Lac Bleu"! This walk along the paths and small roads does not present any major difficulty apart from the number of kilometers to cover. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or simply familiar with walking, do not hesitate any longer, come and explore this beautiful route for a day.

Choose your starting point, the tour of the lake can be done from 4 villages: Charavines, Bilieu, Le Pin or Paladru.

This large "Blue Lake", exceptional for the beauty of its environment and its crystal-clear waters, was shaped by the powerful Rhône glacier during the Ice Age. Located at an altitude of 500 meters, in a setting of wooded and agricultural hills, it is the fifth natural lake in France. These shores hosted one of the first human communities of Isère, 2700 BC (Neolithic village of Bathers). Several sites are classified as "protected natural areas".

Additional information : On the 4 villages (Charavines, Le Pin, Paladru, Bilieu) presence of shops, public toilets and a beach (except in Bilieu) The bus line from Voiron operates only in summer

Topo/step by step: 
Stages of the circuit with the name of the signposts to follow Departing from Charavines: - Tourist Office, Charavines - Pagetière - Les Fougères - Le Gibet - Le Pin - Les Allex - Le Brandoux - La Montagne - Le Calatrin - Paladru - Le Chemin des Marais - Le Verney - Mazonin - Bilieu - Petit Essard - Grand Bois - La Croix des Cochettes - La Poype - Le Souchet - Ayguebelle - Les Vannes - Tourist Office, Charavines

Sustainable tourism : 
Mother Nature thanks you for leaving with your waste, she digests it badly! Respect cultures and private properties by staying on marked trails.

Points of interest

Grange de Louisias
Cultural heritage

Louisias barn

Musée archéologique du lac de Paladru – MALP
Cultural heritage

Archaeological Museum of Lake Paladru – MALP

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Free access.

Equipments & services


  • Parking
  • Free parking
  • Public toilets


  • Coach access

Home of animals

  • Animals accepted: Yes
  • Dogs on a leash


Departure car park: near the Charavines Tourist Office

Our contact details

Around Paladru Lake

Departure in front of the Lac de Paladru office

230 rue des Bains

38850 Charavines

Getting to the starting point