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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ardèche

Devesset is a small town located north-west of the department of Ardeche, in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alps region, on the edge of the Haute-Loire.

On the plateau of Vivarais and Lignon, in a preserved environment, Devesset developed with the implantation in the twelfth century of a commandery of the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem.

Until the Revolution, the village depended on the Knights of Malta.

During the Second World War, the village, which was essentially agricultural, was part of a network of communes around Chambon-sur-Lignon, where the Resistance was particularly active. A large part of the population hosts and hides Jewish families (800 people were gathered and hidden, including many children, and then some of them drove to Switzerland). In 1988, the inhabitants of Chambon-sur-Lignon and the neighboring communes of which Devesset were collectively recognized "Justes des Nations" by the memorial Yad Vashem, a unique fact in France.

But Devesset, with its population of about 300 inhabitants, is now also famous for its 51-hectare lake, an artificial water reservoir built in 1974 with a popular recreation area in this mid- altitude).

Geographical information

Latitude45.0677210 (N 45° 4’ 4”)
Longitude4.3871990 (E 4° 23’ 14”)
AltitudeFrom 669m to 1212m
Surface area29.24 km²
Population300 inhabitants
Density10 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePrivas (70 km, 1h16)
Insee code07080
IntercommunalityCC Val Eyrieux

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-André-en-Vivarais7.9 km (9 min)
Saint-Agrève8.7 km (13 min)
Saint-Jeure-d'Andaure9 km (13 min)
Le Chambon-sur-Lignon10 km (15 min)
Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid11.8 km (15 min)
Rochepaule11.9 km (18 min)
Tence13.6 km (17 min)
Le Mas-de-Tence14.8 km (20 min)
Mars15.6 km (17 min)
Intres15.6 km (19 min)
Mazet-Saint-Voy15.8 km (24 min)
Montregard16.3 km (23 min)
Saint-Julien-Boutières17.5 km (19 min)
Labatie-d'Andaure17.7 km (28 min)

Things to see and do

If only a few remains of its built heritage remain (a tower and a building covered with lauzes of the medieval castle of Devesset on the one hand and the manor of the Grail on the other hand, both private property) Offers a vast panorama of artificial lake activities.

It can be accessed all year round, but the leisure center is only open from 1 May to mid October (4 euros per vehicle) from 10 am to 7 pm in July and August and from 2 pm to 6 pm. period. A monitored beach allows the practice of swimming from July 1st to August 31st.

During the opening period of the base, a number of water sports (windsurfing, dinghies, kayaking, stand up, pedal boats) can be practiced (learning or renting) and a play park (slides, climbing wall) (Rates and reservation in both cases at +33 4 75 30 01 86).

Fishing cards are available at the reception of the campsite which adjoins the base (the lake is classified in 1st category).

For the lovers of hiking (on foot or mountain bike, with possibility of hiring), routes are arranged around the lake according to the level of difficulty (walks in family or to discover the fauna and the flora, or hiking or VTT Sports). The "small" tour of the lake is 4 km long, but a wider course is possible, 8.7 km long.

Events and festivities

From June to September, on Sunday morning from 7 am to 1 pm, a market is organized in the village: the opportunity to taste and appreciate the know-how of the market gardeners, producers and artisans of the region.

If different animations (spectacles) mark the summer season, a big Festival of the lake is organized the first Sunday of July (games, concerts, fireworks).


View of Lake Devesset
View of Lake Devesset
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Wednesday 20 september
Min. 6°C - Max. 15°C
Thursday 21 september
Min. 3°C - Max. 20°C
Friday 22 september
Min. 6°C - Max. 20°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Segway trip
Entertainment30 € Tence (9.2 km)
Trapper evening in a Finnish cabin
Entertainment8 € Lapte (11.2 km)
Trip on the Velay Express, historic steam railway
Entertainment15 € to 18 € Raucoules (15.2 km)
Hot-air balloon flight in the Ardèche
Nature and the great outdoors169 € to 210 € Annonay (31 km)
Clay modelling in the Ardèche mountains
Arts and Crafts450 € Glun (35 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Walk around Devesset Lake
From Upper Vivarais to the Doux Valley
HikeAthletic10h00Saint-Agrève (6.5 km)
Lizieux Peak
HikeIntermediate1h00Mazet-Saint-Voy (11.4 km)
The Vineyards
HikeEasy1h30Désaignes (13 km)
Panoramic circuit
Village visitIntermediate4h00Désaignes (13.1 km)


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