At the heart of the Landes de Gascogne Forest in the South Gironde, the Domaine des Lacs d'Hostens, also known as Domaine Départemental Gérard Lagors, has something to surprise and delight you!
With its 5 lakes, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, greenway and water activities, this 600-hectare natural area offers a multitude of nature activities.
For the history, the Domaine des lacs d’Hostens was at the time a site of extraction of lignite in the South Gironde and it is from 1970 that the site has gradually been developed into a leisure area with beautiful beaches of white sand. Today, the Domaine d’Hostens is recognized as a Sensitive Natural Area (ENS) belonging to the Natura 2000 Zone.
Bathe and have fun at Lake Lamothe
Beach towel in hand, venture to the Domaine des Lacs d’Hostens in South Gironde for the day! In fine weather, the lake of Lamothe is a real playground for water sports: canoeing, kayaking, sailing, paddle and pedal boat (hourly rental), and swimming is monitored from May to September.
At the edge of the lake, white sandy beaches invite you to spread out your towel and to let you bask in the sun… And why not be tempted by a game of petanque or ping-pong?
Walking along the paths of the pine forest of the Landes de Gascogne
On the Domaine d’Hostens, you can go hiking, with three main loops of 8, 11 and 16 km, to walk on foot but also mountain biking.
Bonus for riders looking for thrills, the moutain bike trail area and the bump track are for you. Athletes know the site well since many raids and trails are organized each year on the Domaine, the opportunity to run and surpass in an incredible place.
On foot, for nature lovers, the lake of Bousquey invites you to a nice hike in the form of an interpretation trail that now connects another exceptional site, Lagunes du Gât Mort. Butterflies, dragonflies and other damselflies, droseras and royal osmonde, a large number of rare species that you will be able to observe during the walk…
On your way, you will surely also cross some horses, as it is also possible to go around the lake astride!
And for cycling enthusiasts in the South Gironde, venture on our bike paths! Three destinations are available from Hostens: La Brède (27 km), Mios (30 km) and Bazas (40 km), with family or friends, a beautiful safe ride among the pines, with beautiful things to do discover on arrival…
Fishing and discovering the nature of lakes otherwise
All the lakes of Hostens are accessible to the fishing and many are the fishermen to come to launch the hook to catch carp, carnivores, tench, roach or poles.
An exception, however, on the lake of Lamothe, which, from mid-May to mid-September, resumes its summer activities: supervised swimming, canoeing, kayaking, pedal boats, paddle… not compatible with the tranquility and silence sought after by fishing enthusiasts.
And whether you are a connoisseur, amateur or beginner, leave from May to September with the Departmental Council on the Domain of Hostens and the Lagunes du Gât-Mort. You can be accompanied by a passionate naturalist guide, who will make you discover the fauna and flora of the place …
For more information, do not hesitate to visit us on site. Our information desk is located at the entrance of the beaches and we are open from May 3 to September 30 from 11 am to 6 pm (from Tuesday to Saturday on the season wings and 7/7 in June, July and August).
You are peckish? A panoramic restaurant as well as a snack bar are the perfect spots to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Lamothe! And for those who prefer picnics, you will be spoiled for choice to find the best location among all the landscaped areas of the Domaine d’Hostens.
Close to the lakes in the South Gironde, there are also numerous lodgings, gîtes, guest houses, group lodges and camp-sites, as well as a reception area for motorhomes.