2 - Lakes, rivers and marshes

Vendée is a great place for fishing, with a diverse range of environments (rivers, lakes, marshes, etc.). Here, you can catch zander, pike, carp and eels, indulge your passion for fishing in peace and tranquillity, and in a protected environment...​


Forêt de Mervent

The majority of Vendée's lakes are dammed, and each one has its own unique fish population. They are the ideal place for lovers of the great outdoors. The Mervent complex, located near the Marais Poitevin to the north of Fontenay-le-Comte, consists of three lakes in a wooded, undulating landscape. At the heart of Vendée, you'll find the lakes of Moulin Papon, La Roche-sur-Yon, Jaunay and Apremont - ideal, well-known and well-regarded fishing spots. In the Bocage Vendée, close to le Puy du Fou®, you'll also find a number of lakes where you can go fishing, either on the banks or on board a boat. These include the lake of Angle Guignard in Chantonnay, Rochereau in Sigournais and La Bultière in Saint-Fulgent district.



Vendée's coastal rivers, such as the Vie and the Lay, provide a variety of fishing environments, from open waters to faster-flowing, more picturesque scenery further upstream. The Sèvre Nantaise, in the north-east of the department, is one of the region's most attractive enclosed valleys, with often torrential conditions in winter. The Yon, which passes through the department's administrative centre, flows from a small wooded valley and through a winding valley with stunning granite outcrops, which have been eroded over time. Finally, further south, the Vendée passes through the lakes of Mervent and Albert, before flowing into the Sèvre Niortaise at Ile d'Elle in the Marais Poitevin.



Vendée's marshes consist of two large wetland areas with extraordinary light conditions. The first is the Marais Breton, which extends from the south of Pays de Retz in the Loire Atlantique department to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. The Marais Poitevin, meanwhile, is a stunning area of greenery around the villages of Maillezais, Damvix and Le Mazeau, and is France's second largest wetland. These ecosystems, reclaimed from the sea several centuries ago, now form a labyrinth of fresh water and salt water waterways housing a diverse range of plants and wildlife.


>> For information about fishing spots and itineraries in Vendée, view the interactive map produced by the Vendée Fishing Federation.