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Grosley-sur-Risle, Normandy


Grosley-sur-Risle, Normandy
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Lake Description


Situated roughly a one hour drive from the port of Le Havre, Lac de Grosley lies in the valley of the river Risle in Normandy. However if you prefer to travel to Calais the lake is only 177 miles (285 km) which is an easy three hour drive. The nearest town is Beaumont-le-Roger which, although not very large, does have all the facilities you could require during your stay. The town of Rouen is the nearest major town and this is around a one hour drive away.

There are two lakes on the site which are fringed with deciduous woodland, with majestic oaks and tall poplars, and open fields and both are easily accessible.

The Lake

There are two lakes available to anglers, both of which are fringed by woodland and fields. The lakes are bordered by lily beds, fringed with reeds and with overhanging trees creating holding areas for the fish. The first lake is around 29 acres (12 ha) and features a central island, a real holding spot for the carp. The second lake is smaller at around 9.8 acres (4 ha). Both are fully accessible via a gravel path which runs around the perimeter of the lakes. The whole complex is very secure and is locked at night.

All of the swims are accessible by car (you are allowed to park the car at the swim during your stay), and there are several wooden gazebo-style shelters around the lake depending on which swims are chosen.

Boats and Bait boats can be used.

The lakes have hard, gravel bottoms and are both around 2 - 2,5 meters deep.

The Swims

There is a good variety of swims to choose from at Grosley with a maximum of 20 anglers fishing at any one time. The swims are spread over the two lakes, with only two available on the small lake, giving anglers plenty of space to fish, and, unlike many lakes with hard, gravel swims cut into the banks, the swims at Grosley are natural and grassy. They are spacious and there is parking right behind most of the swims.

Swims 2, 15, 17, 18 and 19 are single swims with all the rest capable of being fished by two anglers. Swim 10 and 21 can be booked by 3 anglers, so are 18+19.

Several swims have a table and a small wooden chalet/gazebo-style building which can be used to store your gear or to cook in (with your own equipment). These are quite capable of taking a bed chair and many anglers sleep in them. They are available on swims 3, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21 and 23.

Fish Stocks

The stock in the lakes consists of a mix of mirrors and fully-scaled mirror carp with some lovely commons. There is a good mix of fish, all incredibly well-coloured, ranging from around 20lb (9.8kg, the natural, original stocking) to around 61lb (27,5kg). The average is around 24lb (12.2kg) and there are around 300 carp stocked in total. Carp of over 44lb (20kg) are regularly caught. There are a few crayfish in the lakes but not enough to cause anglers problems and there are no poisson chat. In the winter from 2016 80 commons between 25 and 35 lbs were introduced in the big lake.


There is also a toilet/shower block for the use of anglers which also contains a fridge, freezer and microwave oven. Electricity is available for charging batteries & phones.

The venue features a small tackle shop with general items such as hooks, weights etc.


- Lake Exclusive Small Lake: 1190€ (up to 4 anglers) (Sat - Sat)
- Lake Exclusive Large Lake: 3900€ (up to 14 anglers) (Sat - Sat)
- Lake Exclusive both Lakes: 4900€ (up to 18 anglers) (Sat - Sat)

- Anglers: 320 Euros per Week (Sat - Sat)
- Non-fishing guests: 70€ per week
- Particle-mix 20€ per 5 kg, hemp 20€ per 5kg.
- Carp-cradle: 20€ per week.
- Boat rental: 140€ per week.


“Carp Fishing at Lac De Grosley in Normandy (by Neil Denton)

Having never fished in France before both me and my son-in law (Ade) booked a week’s fishing with Fishermans Holidays which was arranged with Thomas from their main office the support and help given to go was 1st class and very informative with lots of advice.
On getting to Grosley we were greeted by Eric and his wife who made us very welcome with a complementary cup of tea.
We were then shown around our swims and give some tips on how to fish. Although we were tired from the travel from Cornwall via Dover we very quickly got set up and fishing with four rods each and I soon had a bend in my rods with a nice fish 28.5lbs.
We had set ourselves a target of one fish a day and this was blown away with some fantastic results with 67 Carp between us in total, 6x 30+ (35.10lbs) biggest by Ade. 45 x 20lbs plus and I (Neil) caught a lake record Sturgeon of 19.12lbs
A big thanks goes to the help from Howard at Nutrabaits in selecting the bait for the trip nearly all the catches came from Trigger and Salmon-Caviar and Black pepper Boilies. The time spent at the bait centre was well worth all the time prior to our trip.
Eric and his wife also provided excellent food throughout the week and the need to take your own food is not required, the site facilities are excellent.
As you can see we had a fantastic time and would recommend this experience to any one reading this we are definitely looking forward to going back again in May next year, I have some great photographs that got better the end of the week.”

Neil Denton

Key points

  • The Lake Grosley
  • Departement Normandy
  • Open: March - November
  • Distance to lake: Le Havre - Grosley: 110 km Calais - Grosley: 286 km
  • Surface 12 + 4 ha
  • Bottom: Hard gravel bottom
  • Depth: 2 to 2,5 Meter
  • Max. Anglers: 18
  • Stocking: lots of 20's, 30's and 40's. Record: 62 lbs
  • Weed formation: Sometimes in summer, around swims 10 and 13
  • Access: all swims have good access by car, except swim 13
  • Price Angler: 320 € per week
  • Price non-fishing guest: 70€ per week
  • Lake Exclusive small lake: 1190€ (up to 4 anglers)
  • Lake Exclusive large lake: 3900€ (up to 14 anglers)
  • Lake Exclusive both lakes: 4900€ (up to 18 anglers)
  • use of a boat: Yes
See Grosley rules here >>


Weekje was top! Goed vis gevangen al hadden we een slechte omslag int weer. Op t eind kwam alles gelukkig goed
Really nice venue lovely swims and great looking lake quality fish
The only downside was the bailiff was not around enough
But really enjoyed it
Will be back
Regards kevin
Onze stek (13) was netjes en opgeruimd. Nergens afval of iets dergelijks te bekennen. Nu bereikbaar met de auto wat voor mij als rugpatient een heel groot voordeel geeft. Toch wat minpunten: de vloer in het huisje zakt eerdaags door en de deur sluit niet meer. Geen vuilnisbakken op de stek aanwezig. Er werden ook geen vuilniszakken aangeboden. Daar waren we echter op voorbereid. Geen broodservice meer. Nu is dit altijd een extraatje geweest maar moet dan wel uit de toelichting op jullie site gehaald worden. Er waren vissers die daar echt op gerekend hadden. Tja, en dan sanitaire voorzieningen. De kraan bij de wastafel bij de douchecabines spuit meer water tegen de muur omhoog dan in de bak. Eén douchecabine die al jaren dicht is zit vol met ongedierte. Is niet fris. Vlekken (schimmel?) op de muren en spinnenwebben die er bij onze aankomst in de andere 2 douchecabines zaten, zaten er bij ons vertrek ook nog steeds. Er zou, volgens een andere visser, 2 x per week schoon worden gemaakt. Wij hebben er niets van gehoord of gezien terwijl wij dagelijks douchen op verschillende tijden. Er zijn al regelmatig van dit soort klachten doorgegeven maar er wordt blijkbaar niets aan gedaan. Jammer want het is en blijft een mooi viswater. Ook nog steeds geen nieuwe koelkasten. Door het ontbreken van roosters kunnen die dan ook maar door 1 persoon gebruikt worden. De prijzen stijgen en de service/verzorging huisjes etc. wordt steeds minder. Dat rijmt niet. Desondanks gaan we wel weer terug maar voor mensen die voor het eerst gaan, houdt er rekening mee dat het tegen kan vallen. En haal er aub wat grijze steuren af! M.vr.gr. H. Plotnik
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