Located in the heart of the Pyrenees Ariégeoises regional natural park, in the Natura 2000 zone, the Etang de Lers site is located on the Trois-Seigneurs massif. The surprising diversity of the landscape of the Lers Pond makes it a suitable place for tourist activities: trout fishing, Nordic activity areas, hiking, orienteering, paragliding, etc. Crossroads for centuries, the Pond of Lers remains a place of continuous passage between the valleys where rocks, pond, fauna, flora conjugate their differences in harmony for the greatest happiness of the visitors!
The surprising diversity of the landscape of the Lers Pond makes it a suitable place for tourist activities: trout fishing, Nordic activity areas, hiking, orienteering, paragliding, etc. Crossroads for centuries, the Pond of Lers remains a place of continuous passage between the valleys where rocks, pond, fauna, flora conjugate their differences in harmony for the greatest happiness of the visitors!
The team of the Étang de Lers site offers you, throughout the year, activities and entertainment for all in the heart of a preserved and unique natural environment.
A Relais Maison Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Ariégeoises
The Etang de Lers site makes up the network of 10 Houses of the Parc des Pyrénées Ariégeoises, all of which, with their particularities, are involved in sustainable development initiatives to improve the reception conditions for visitors to the Park and develop their discovery offer. .
A unique mineralogical site!
Appeared on the earth's surface more than 350 million years ago, lherzolite allows us to understand the geology and the formation of the Pyrenees. Formed at a depth of 50 km, by a combination of incredible circumstances, it has reached the surface intact where we can observe it.
Finally on earth, it remains a completely separate rock which offers the landscape of the Lers pond a lunar aspect in full contrast with the neighboring vegetation. Devoid of any mining or mineralogical interest, it owes its international fame to its improbable presence on earth, without this geological miracle, none of us today could see or touch it. It also owes it to the fantastic story that it carries within it on the very nature of the upper part of the earth's mantle and on the history of the formation of the Pyrenees with the appearance of the Aulus ditch from which it ascended. .a meteoric rise during which it tore, in its path, deep parts of the crust. Today, they emerge on the road going up to the Col d'Agnes. A rock of exceptional historical interest, it thus offers the most precious human beings testimonies on the key moments in the formation of this territory.
The great fodder richness of the pastures of the Etang de Lers makes it a place of origin for Gascon cows. And a place conducive to the endurance of pastoralism. Pastoral areas to be protected as they allow this landscape diversity to exist but also contribute to the maintenance of all the plant and animal species which, today, live there. Organizations that risk disappearing or declining sharply if agro-pastoralism declines. We will then witness the recolonization of the landscapes by a vast forest, populated by beeches, firs and pines! Thus, without the teeth of the Tarasconnaise sheep, the Gascon cow and the Merens horse which have grazed the surroundings for thousands of years, this fantastic environment would never have remained open and the peat bogs and other wetlands would have already turned into humid forests. A natural “cleaning” of pastures essential to the survival of this unique world-famous landscape.
The estives of Lers are managed collectively by the association Foncière Pastorale Massat - Le Port, with the estives of Liers-Roussat and Goutets. This makes it the largest management unit in Ariège, where 54 breeders summer. The estive of Lers, with an area of more than 2000 hectares, is the largest of the three units with its 34 breeders who house 566 cattle, 815 sheep and 73 horses (source Fédération pasto-rale de l'Ariège). A cowherd is present on the site from May to September to monitor the herd. The extensive grazing practiced for centuries has made it possible to maintain these environments in good condition. The collective management of the summer pastures has made it possible to maintain a dynamic pastoral activity which contributes to the economic life of the territory and to the preservation of the landscapes of the Etang de Lers.
Hiking and heritage
The surprising landscape diversity of the Etang de Lers makes it an ideal place for hiking on its paths leading to the Col Dret, Mont Béas, Mont Ceint, the Pic des Trois Seigneurs, the paths of Lamarda and its ponds ...
Eternal crossroads since Gallo-Roman times, the Pond of Lers remains a place of continuous passage between the valleys where rocks, pond, fauna, flora combine their differences in harmony to the delight of French and foreign visitors.
From May to October, the Étang de Lers welcomes fishermen from dawn until 19 p.m. With trout releases twice a week in the summer season, it is a fisherman's paradise! You can fish here, with friends or family, for brown trout, rainbow trout and fountain salmon. A handi-fishing course is set up on the site and we offer the rental of rods and the sale of bait on the site.
The Nordic area at the Étang de Lers site is 25 km of Nordic trails, 24 km of snowshoe routes, a sledging area and the possibility of dog sledding with Nordican.
The orientation course
This course allows everyone, beginners or experienced orienteers, to practice orientation in a mountain environment. At the option of the different levels, this course allows you to discover the most remarkable sectors of the summer pastures of Lers. The activity is practiced using leaflets sold on the Étang de Lers site or at the tourist office of Aulus-les-Bains. Five difficulty levels will be offered ranging from beginner, very easy to expert, very difficult. The course is made up of more than 40 terminals (checkpoints) in which the participant moves using the orienteering course map on the leaflet.
Other site activities ...
Paragliding free flight site
Fauna and flora trail
- Aire de pique-nique
- Coach parking
- Marked trails
- Picnic tables
- Access for disabled
- Pet Friendly