Carp and catfish, pond fishing and “Label Ain Pêche”: paradise on every line!
Do you know the nickname of the Dombes? The “land of a thousand ponds”! But in reality, the Dombes has more than 1200 ponds, maintained and exploited in the respect of age-old traditions: carp, pike, roach fishing…
Staying at KanÔpée Village, if you like angling, you are very close to paradise.
Carp of the Dombes and catfish of the Saône, especially as the left bank of the Saône also brings its share of unforgettable moments thanks to the very sporty fishing for catfish, the largest freshwater fish in France, the delicate night fishing for carp, or even thanks to pike-perch fishing. A nice carnivorous fish that you can practically tease from the terrace of your perched cottage, preferably when twilight makes the waves glow just in front of you…
Tempted by experience? KanÔpée provides a sales service of fishing rods for beginners, for children and adults. We will also accompany you to the reception desk to provide you with fishing permit (“discovery”, daily, weekly) allowing you to go fishing in the Saône and on the Chamalan lake, located just 5 minutes from the campsite.
The convivial tradition of pond fishing
Otherwise, on the heritage side, would you like to know how the Dombes ponds came into being? Or to see a professional “making war” on a few tenches? then note that from October to the end of March, it is possible to attend traditional fishing with commentary.
You will learn all about these fish ponds that the monks of Cluny began to create in the 11th century. You will discover the ancestral know-how of local specialists who pull the “seillette” (a 7 mm mesh net) and handle the “fourchette” (a long forked stick). And then, to return to a more common fork, this privileged episode in the life of the Dombes will also allow you to exprience a great moment of conviviality,with local inhabitants, around the emblematic fish of this land. You will leave with an excellent memory of carp goujonnettes drizzled with a glass of Bugey wine…
A “Label Ain Pêche” for “extraordinary experiences”
Finally, a tip for all your fishing related activities. In the Dombes there are approved service providers with the “Label Ain Pêche” by Ain Tourisme. In order to provide its visitors with an “extraordinary experience”, the Department’s Tourist Development Agency has created this label to distinguish accommodation providers, instructor-guides, sites and tourist offices guaranteeing quality service and facilities for fishermen. Might as well turn to them, don’t you think?
And now, as Ain Tourisme would rightly say: “Expert, confirmed, amateur or beginner, all at your lines, ready, fish!”
18 “Discovery Itineraries” of Natural and Cultural Heritage
Let’s go! From the banks of the Saône to the Dombes plateau, 18 signposted hiking trails invite you to set off, on foot or by bike, to discover our natural and cultural heritage.
One or two suggestions?
Now it’s up to you!
At the campsite reception, you can find maps showing all these tourist hiking routes, as well as the possibility to rent bikes with a 50% discount thanks to your Pass’Atout.
And for other routes, don’t forget to consult the various offers of the Tourist Offices. The Trévoux Office, for example, offers high-tech walks “L’eau et les hommes” (Water and people) or, over just 2.6 km, a guided tour in the heart of the “Pays d’art et d’histoire” (Land of art and history).
A very “green” area
Generally nicknamed the “land of a thousand ponds”, the Dombes also has half of the… 16 golf courses in the Ain Department!
Between the heterogeneity of nature and the diversity of the installations, all (pretty) shots are allowed for the golfers staying in KanÔpée.
Just in case, here are three little suggestions…
To your clubs!