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Grand Fontenay
Cepoy, Northern France

Grand Fontenay

Cepoy, Northern France
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Lake Description

Lac du Grand Fontenay

Like many carp fishing lakes in France, Lac du Grand Fontenay is an old gravel pit with a total area of 22 hectares, which is about 55 acres. The depths vary between 3 and 5,5 meters. The venue hold a fish stock af around 1500 carp and the current lake record is 34kg (75lb). Two swims feature a mobile home and two other swims have a small chalet for 1 angler. There are 14 swims provided with electricity. In the middle of the venue there's an interesting peninsula with 4 great swims. The bailiff lives on the property and is available at all times.

The swims

The lake has 17 comfortable swims with good access. There's a large variety of swims so here's a little overview:

Swim 1: This is a double swim and for maximum 2 non-fishing guests. There's a hut on the swim with electricity, fridge, micro wave, TV and two beds.

Swim 2: This swim features a great 4 person holiday home. More information HERE. There's electricity & airconditioning.
Swim 3: This swim also features a great 4 person holiday home. More information HERE. There's electricity & airconditioning.

Swim 4: single swim. Electricity on the swim (included in the price)

Swims 5-6-7: singles; with electricity on these swims.

Swims 8-9: singles.

Swim 10: single swim with electricity (included in the price)

Swim 11: single swim.

Swim 12 & 13: both are double swims with electricity (included in the price) on each swim.

Swim 14: double swim

Swim 15: single swim, with electricity

Swims 16 & 17: single swims; they feature a chalet with bed, fridge, TV and are provided with electricity (included in the price).

After you have unloaded you park your vehicle near the reception for swim 15-16-17-1-2-3, or near swim 5 for swim 4-5-6-7, or at the entrance of the peninsula for swim 8-9-10-11-12-13-14.


There's a large fish stock with around 50 carp per hectare which are about 1500 fish in total.The management have done their homework as there's a stunning variety with not only commons and mirrors; there are also fully scales, linear carp, koi, leather & grassies. Every fish has a micro chip and at your arrival you'll receive a chip-reader to identify every fish you land. This way the lake has a perfect view on weight increase, unwanted diseases, etc. The biggest carp is a 34 kg (75 lb) common; the lake record for mirror carp is 28 kg (62 lg) and the largest grasscarp is 32 kg (71 lb). There is also some sturgeon, catfish up to 75 kg, pike & silver fish. The deeper spots can be found in front of swim 15, very recommendable for those who'd like to target catfish & sturgeon.

Service & Facilities

The facilities & WC are located behind swim 3, and next to the reception another sanitary building will be put in place soon. The mobile homes have their own WC & shower.

There's a small tackle shop on site, and you can rent bikes for 4€ per day. (mobile homes have 2 bikes included in the price)

Holiday home

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On swim 2 there is comfortable bungalows with 2 bedrooms. In one bedroom there is a double bed, in the other room there is a bunkbed. Sheets and blankets are provided on arrival, but we advise guests to bring their own duvet or sleeping bag. The ki...

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Bungalow carp fishing holidays

In swim 3 there is a comfortable bungalow with 2 bedrooms. In one bedroom there is a double bed, in the other room there is a bunkbed. Undersheet and blanket are delivered, but nevertheless we would advise you to bring your own quilts. The kitchen ...

See 'Swim 3 - Bungalow' here >>

Key points

  • Lake: Lac du Grand Fontenay
  • Departement: Loiret
  • Open: All year around
  • Distance: Calais-Grand Fontenay: 390 km
  • Area: 22 ha
  • Bottom: hard with some silt
  • Depth: 3 à 5,5 meter
  • Weed: No
  • Stock: 1500 carp 22 - 75 lbs
  • Lake Record: 34 kg // 75 lb Common Carp
  • Access: All swims are accessible by car
  • WIFI: No
See Grand Fontenay rules here >>

Rules - Grand Fontenay

Northern France

1. The angler should bring a valid booking confirmation.
2. It’s allowed to fish 24 hrs per day - catch and release
3. Boats are not allowed, but it is allowed to use baitboats.
4. Swimming and wading is forbidden.
5. Allowed rigs: Always use tubing - “carp friendly” tube rigs (safety bolt rigs), barbless hooks and nylon mainline. Coated braided (NON LEADCORE!) hooklink. Hooks shouldn't be smaller than n°8
6. Not Allowed: carp sacs, bent hooks, braided mainline and braided hooklink. Only cooked particles are allowed.
7. 4 Rods per angler. Bivvies and tents should be brown or green.
Each angler should have a large landingnet with a min. size of 90 cm and a big unhooking mat (min. 4 cm thick, 60 cm large and 90 cm long), a big weigh sling and Klinic to desinfect the hook wounds.
8. Fishing is only allowed on the booked swims.
9. Please unhook the fish in the landing net & return the fish carefully into the water. Please unhook the sturgeons in the water, not on the bank - they are very fragile fish!
10. Marking or steeling fish will be reported immediately to the local Police (Gendarmerie).
11. Alcohol abuse and drugs are not tolerated.
12. Please respect the nature and the tranquillity of the site. Keep clean the sanitary building and the swims. There's no waste collection service at the lake. Please separate waste and bring it to the designated containers in the village.
13. Dogs are allowed on leash. Open fire is not allowed. Gas cookers and barbecues are allowed.
14. The owner can keep the refundable payment if you don’t respect the regulations
15. The owner and the bailiff can check the hooklinks at any time.
16. The owner is not responsible for theft, fire, injury or what so ever.
17. Each angler should sign the regulations declaring that he/she accepts them.
18. Arrival: after 12.00 am. Departure: before 12.00 am.
19. For the bungalows in swims 2 and 3 a tourist tax of 1% has to be paid on arrival.

PS. In case you are caught marking fish, you will have to deal with French Justice.


Very nice place and very good lake 👌
Great clean and set out lake.
Had a good time very good lake, Had some nice fish over the week. My wife liked the hut she had power and a tv on the nights.

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