Small tourist village located on the edge of the biggest artificial lake in France (2nd in Europe): Der lake, with an area of 4,800 hectares. With its 77 km of shorelines, cycling is a treat; Young and old, the whole family can enjoy it.
The lake was flooded in 1974, engulfing a good part of the beautiful forest and three villages, Chantecoq, Nuisement aux Bois and Champaubert, in order to regulate the course of the Marne. For years, residents supported by their mayor, have tried the impossible to keep their village, but the lake has won, only tears shed. Avoiding the great floods that Paris had known in 1910 was indispensable. Numerous advantages have opted for the region, the tightness of its clay soil has weighed heavily in the balance. The lake fills during the winter and empties in autumn, however, the amount of water remaining is enough for the navigators.
Today, the lake and its fame bring the region back to life. In the summer, the spectacle of the boats rocked by a lapping of ripples, gives an impression of seaside. The arrival of these beautiful sailing boats more and more required an enlargement of the port. It must be said that its banks compete with the most beautiful beaches. Many games for young and old, rollerblading, mountain biking, walking, sailing...
The church of Champaubert erected on an islet seems to rise from the water. Visitors can visit its small peninsula.
The village has managed to keep its authenticity in the woods, kept in these wood-paneled houses, without distorting the work of the elders. These laundrettes are now silent and flowery like the streets... The Droye River always meanders in the meadows, Blowing air. On the plaza, once the rides were installed on the day of the village feast, while the church sometimes announces a marriage or a baptism.
Just outside the village, a beautiful countryside invites you to discover its grove of Champagne, its groves, its large fields, the green carpet of the meadows where sneaks a stream between the rushes.
Further, the forest where the oak is king, "Der", oak in Celtic, gave its name to the region so rich of beauties realized by the ancients. The churches, like the houses, are built half-timbered. The road to the churches will give you a glimpse of the beauty of the architecture made with wood and cob. This filling material, made of clay and fragments of oat straw kneading is placed between the posts and supported by wooden slats, palsans or pallets. Some bell towers are small wonders, covered with small wooden scales that are the essents or shingles.
If you witness the passage of the living clouds, do not be surprised by the din, which whispers, trumpets, crackles. These beautiful travelers are cranes, who come from far away since they have crossed Africa, overflew the Mediterranean Sea and part of France. This battalion of cranes shows its joy of finding its favorite lake.
The advantage of the village and the surroundings is that the joys of the holidays are gathered there. The lake for nautical pleasures, the countryside for walks and the discovery of the flora and the birds, the mysterious forest where you will go to meet the inhabitants of the woods and its timid flowers that you must discover.