Pissieu Waterfall

  • Cascade du Pissieu
Pissieu waterfall forms just downstream from a source into which most of the rainwater and snow-melt drains into off the Margériaz Plateau. It is created from a karst resurgence of water from the so-called "Vauclusian source";
Beneath the entrance to the source, a submerged underground network plummets to a depth of 50 metres before making its way back up towards the Margériaz Plateau.
Up to now, 79km of underground networks have been identified under the Margériaz Plateau, including the 'Tanne du Cochon' network, which has an elevation difference of 825 metres between its starting point on the plateau and its resurgence at Le Pissieu.

You can get to the waterfall either via the car park by the 'Pont sur le Nant d'Aillon' (bridge over the Nant d'Aillon river) on the road between the villages of Attilly and Le Villaret Rouge, via the swimming lake in Le Châtelard or via Les Iles du Chéran Outdoor Activities Centre car park.

About 2h from Les Iles du Chéran Outdoor Activities Centre car park.
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Directions to :
Le Châtelard
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 45.687355
Longitude : 6.116724
Park at the Outdoor Activities Centre in Lescheraines and make your way up to the waterfall via the lakes and pathways alongside the Chéran river (1 hour return). Why not get a copy of the Information Sheet entitled "la promenade dont vous etes le heros" (The Walk of the Hero) from the Cœur des Bauges Tourist Information Office so that the whole family can visit the site from a whole new perspective!
You can also make your way up to the waterfall from the village centre in Le Châtelard by crossing over the Chéran river at the ford by the old 'Picot' bridge (warning: only use the ford when the river water level is low).
You can continue the walk by following the source of the waterfall up the 'Savoyarde' discovery walk via Le Villaret, Rossillon and Les Iles du Chéran
Don't miss the other geosites to discover such as the 'Tannes et Glacières' trail and the Tanne du Névé / Porte Cochère caving hike.

More information on hiking routes can be found in the guidebook section
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Pissieu Waterfall
Le Châtelard
Phone : +33 4 79 54 84 28