About the lake

The beautiful lake of Etang La Planchette is 8 acres in size & set in 20 acres of private land & nestled in a tranquil Valley of rural countryside set in the Lorraine region which is listed as an area of natural beauty.

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When driving through the entrance toward the lake you pass through its own little wood which holds many different visiting wildlife from deer & their young, fox & cubs which can sometimes be seen playing on the meadow which you pass by before reaching the beautiful, picturesque, tranquil Lake. Sometimes even wild boar with their young pop by the wood or just pass through. Geese often visit the area as do many other species of birds of which various ones can be seen in the woods & around the lake. Hawks & eagles are regularly seen circling overhead. Plant life, wild flowers & trees are abundant throughout the property which makes for a rural feast for the soul!

The Lake is situated on a graveled bed and is well stocked with carp in excess of 50lb. It’s full of snails, swan mussels, blood worm and daphnia which makes for a great environment for the fish, plus a large variety of natural plants, wildflowers & trees surround the lake.

There are 6 large gravelled swims that hold a maximum of 7 anglers* (two sharing the Island swim) at a time giving anglers plenty of room to enjoy their carp fishing in peace. The fish that are stocked in this lake include big mirrors, commons & grass carp along with some couple of large sturgeon.

The Lodge

The lodge has an English flush toilet, wash basin & shower which is available 24 hours a day. There is also a diner, bait & tackle shop located in the lodge which sells end tackle and baits. We also sell ice-cream, chocolate, crisps, baguettes, clothing, batteries, sun tan lotion, beer, wine, & if we don’t have it we will gladly get it for you. There is also an area that you can charge up your phones, computers/ tablets and bait boat batteries etc.

On site bailiff

There is an on site English & French speaking bailiff; Tim Hodges, is very knowledgeable about carp fishing and is there if you need any advice or guidance he is on hand to help.

Local attractions

The nearest village is 2km away which is the nearest neighbours apart from the cows in the farmers next field. The only noise to be heard is that of wildlife!
The closest town to the lake is Verdun which was founded by the Gauls. It has been the actual seat of the bishop of Verdun since the 4thcentury around year 843 and a dark part of their history, Verdun was the centre of Europe wide trade in selling boys into slavery as eunchs to Islamic emirates, In 1374 Verdun became an “Imperial Free City” of the Holy Roman Empire but was annexed by France in 1552, in 1670 they had a plan to fortify the entire city of which a lot of it wasn’t finished until after the Napoleonic Wars. However the fortifications did not withstand the Prussians who captured the town in 1792 & the Prussians abandoned the town after the Battle of Valmy.

Verdun was the site of a huge battle during WW1 and was probably one of the costliest battles of the entire war. It was called the “Battle of Verdun” and was a killing ground for both French & Germans soldiers. The battle cost 400,000 German lives & nearly as many French, and because of this battle you will find a lot of French and German cemeteries throughout the entire battlefield. The biggest one is the French National Cemetery and the Douaumont ossuary that is near Fort Douaumont. You will find 13,000 crosses covering the field of the ossuary which actually holds more than 130,000 remains that were never identified. Every year there are more of those remains that are put inside the vaults. Another cemetery that many go to visit are the WW1 Meuse-Argonne America Cemetery and Memorial that is at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon where over 14,000 American military died. The chapel there also has a memorial to 954 Americans that were never found or identified.

Some landmarks you might want to see if you visit Verdun is the Chatel Gate, this is all that remains of the Medieval walls that were suppose to protect the city from intruders. This gate leads to the La Roche Square of the city where there is also the La Citadelle which was built in the 17th century and to this very day it is still controlled by the military. It also has tunnels that they allow tourists to visit.

The cathedral is also worth visiting especially “The Notre-Dame de Verdun Cathedral” which was built in 1147 & was actually built on top of a much older church & is a beautiful piece of historic architecture. The “Lion Door” which is on the north side of the structure has a beautifully decorated tympanum, the building was restored in the 18th century and is still in very good shape.

A couple more historical spots well worth a visit when in Verdun would be the “Episcopal Palace” that was built in the 18th century, and this is where the World Peace Centre is located. There is also the “Princerie Museum” which used to be the residence of the various princes of Verdun, It houses a lot of historical works of art from the area.

If you take the kids you will be happy to know they have a great place for them to have some fun which is At the “Aquadrome” which is an aquatic and recreation Centre and is open all year round so no matter what the weather there is always fun to be had at in the water at the “Aquadrome”, which includes a wading pool and instruction for younger children, a slide that is 35m long, a traditional pool, pool for toddlers, beaches, sauna, steam room and a Zen garden.

We do warn tourists that if they you are driving places on their carp fishing holiday that they need to be aware there are some spots on some highways that have speed cameras. On the A26, if you are going to Calais, you will find a stretch of highway that is a speed trap area and police cars sit with radar guns all the time.

If you would like to know more about the lake and the locality then please get in touch using our contact form.