Lake Bouillouses classified natural site

Massif overlooking Lake Boullouses’
Lake Bouillouses’
Lake Bouillouses and its surroundings area has become a classified natural site since June 24, 1976 under the Act of May 2, 1930. "A classified natural site is an official French label appointed to an area with artistic, historical, scientific, legendary or picturesque interest justified by its exceptional quality. Monitored authorization is required for work that may alter the condition or appearance of the protected area.

To discover this exceptional nature that constitutes the whole of the Carlit massif, its 27 lakes and ponds, its fauna and its flora, the walkers have 4 marked and maintained itineraries:

  • Loop of the ponds of Carlit (2h30 or 5h per variant 12 lakes)
  • Loop Pradella (1:30)
  • The ponds of Esquits (2h)
  • Buckle of Lake Aude (4h).

An orientation games suitable for children (guidebook available at the information point). This orientation course will allow families to discover the site.

Access to Bouillouses' lake
Since summer 2000, the Departmental Council of Pyrénées-Orientales applies to regulate tourist traffic classified site Bouillouses. In order to limit the impact of a constantly increasing number of vehicles, access by the departmental road is regulated in July and August thanks to a system of shuttles and chair lifts.

Services: Info point open 7/7 days, picnic and bivouac areas, 4 hiking trails (free topo and available at the info point), Introduction to fishing, climbing sites, orienteering game for children , Baby carrier, interactive kiosks, library ...

Access by shuttle:

In July and August, traffic is prohibited to the public, with paying shuttles being set up.
The shuttle service operates every day every 15 minutes from 7 am to 7 pm and every 30 minutes from 7 pm to 9 pm from 1 July to 3 September from Pla de Barres, as well as the weekends 17-18 and 24-25 June and 9-10 and 16-17 September. Return until 9pm (departure every 15 min).

Prices: Adult 5 € - Child (5-12 years) 2 € - Child under 5 years free.
Unemployed, student, family, SEASON package from 10 €.
Unique price Têt Valley (stop La Borde, Rock climbing Aveillans and Pla of Aveillans): 2 €
Free return. Dogs are accepted, however for the comfort and safety of the users, leashes and muzzles are obligatory (free loan).

"BUS 1 €" line from the General Council: Pla de Barres connection (Bouillouses shuttles) with the yellow train station and the Mont-Louis bus station. This line operates during the same periods as the shuttle services of the Bouillouses site.

By the Font-Romeu chairlift:

From the city center (shuttle bus to La Calme) or from the "La Calme" car park, you can reach the summit (2,213m), followed by a second "Roc de la Calme" chairlift »You descend near the lake of Pradeilles. Upon arrival, follow the signage and join the Bouillouses dam (30 minutes walk). Open every day from Saturday, July 8th to Sunday, August 27th, 2017 inclusive (Closed teleports possible in case of unfavorable weather).


shuttle bus Les Airelles - La Calme from 8:30 am to 6 pm (closed from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm) Continuous rotations. Info-fares shuttles: Tourist Office of Font-Romeu.
- "Calme Sud" chairlift from 8h45 to 17h45 (closed from 12h30 to 13h15).
- "Roc de la Calme" chairlift from 9 am to 5.30 pm (closed from 12.30 pm to 1.15 pm).

Prices: Adult 9,80 € - Child (6 to 15 years included) 6,50 € - Children under 6 free. Pack Family of 3 to 7 people maximum (including 1 to 2 adults) from 19,50 €. Possibility of group rate from 12 people.

Info Rates & reservations:
+33 (0)4 68 30 60 61

In the event of bad weather, the schedules for closing the chairlift can be changed. The chairlift leaves from the locality La Calme Nord and transports you near the pond of Pradeilles. By following the signs, you arrive in 30 min at the barrage des Bouillouses. Impressive panoramic view of the chairlift!

All the animations proposed are free for the participants (program available on the website - The reservation is indispensable: Point info

Discover directly with the Lake Bouillouses Webcam

Conseil Départemental des Pyrénées-Orientales
24, quai Sadi Carnot, 66009 - Perpignan Cedex
Email :
Web : les bouillouses 
Tél : 04 68 04 24 61
Refuge du Caf
(sur réservation pour les groupes en novembre)
Tél : 04 68 04 93 88
Web :

Auberge du Carlit
(ouvert de mai à octobre inclus)
Tél : 04 68 04 22 23
Fax : 04 68 04 14 81
Web :  

Hôtel Les Bones Hores
(ouvert de mai à octobre inclus)
Tél : 04 68 04 24 22
Web :

Camping du Pla de Barres
(de mi-juin à fin septembre)
Tél : 04 68 04 26 04
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