Small tourist village located on the largest artificial lake of France (2nd in Europe): the Der lake, with an area of 4800 hectares. With its 77 km of shoreline, biking is a delight; young and old, the whole family can enjoy.
The lake water was set in 1974, engulfing much of the beautiful forest and three villages Chantecoq, Nuisement to Wood and Champaubert, in order to regulate the course of the Marne. For years, residents supported not their mayor, tried everything possible to keep their village, but the lake has won that of tears shed. Avoid large floods had known Paris in 1910 was essential. Multiple benefits have opted for the region, the sealing of its clay soil weighed heavily in the balance. The lake fills during the winter and empties into autumn, however, the remaining amount of water is enough to boats.
Today, the lake and its famous revive the region. In summer, the boat show rocked by a lapping wavelets gives a seaside feel. The arrival of more and more boats, required an extension of the port. Its banks are competing with the best beaches. Many games for children and adults, rollerblading trails, mountain biking, walking, sailing...
The church erected Champaubert on îlette, seems out of the water. Visitors can visit the small peninsula.
The village has kept its authenticity Champagne, maintained in its timbered houses without distorting the work of elders, now silent and flowery washing places like streets... The Droye river still winds through meadows, poplars humming at the slightest breath air. In the plot, once settled the rides on the day of the village festival, while the church sometimes announces a wedding or baptism.
Just out of the village, beautiful countryside invites you to discover its Champagne grove, groves, large fields, the green carpet, the meadows where does sneak a stream between the reeds.
Further, the forest where the oak is king, "Der", oak Celtic gave its name to the region so rich with beauties made by the elders. The churches, like the houses, are built of timber. The route of churches give you a glimpse of the beauty of the architecture made with wood and mud. This filling material, made of clay and kneaded oat straw fragments is placed between the posts and supported by wooden laths, the palsans or paleçons. Some towers are small marvels, covered with small wooden scales are essentes or shingles.
If you are attending the passage of living clouds, do not be surprised by the uproar, they yelp, trompettent, craquettent and do an incredible din! These beautiful travelers come to us from far away, they crossed Africa, flew over the Mediterranean Sea and part of France. This incredible din ad a battalion of cranes which manifests its joy to find his favorite lake.
The benefit of the village and surrounding area lies in the fact that the holiday fun gathered there. The lake for water sports, the countryside for walks and discover the flora and birds, the mysterious forest where you will encounter the woodland inhabitants and its timid flowers to be discovered.