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There’s something extra peaceful and relaxing about holidaying near to water, so why not browse our fantastic selection of lake camping sites and plan a holiday with your feet in the water. These destinations are ideal if you’re looking for beautiful scenery and a good fishing spot, a relaxing short break, or just a change from a traditional beach holiday.

As well as the charm of lazing around beside a lake, camping at these sites offers great opportunities for water sports, swimming or just playing on the beach, as well as exploring quaint shoreline towns and villages.

Lake Camping Holidays

We have a brilliant choice of lakeside camping resorts, from the beautiful banks of the Italian Lakes including Garda, Maggiore, Iseo and Idro to the dramatic scenery of Lake Thun and Interlaken. In France, enjoy aquatic activities aplenty at Lake Biscarrosse, scenic shore walking trails around Lake Aureilhan or the intimacy of nature at Lac de Chalain and Lac de Maury, as well as the stunning Lake of Sainte-Croix close to the River Verdon in Provence.

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La Croix du Vieux Pont

Île-de-France | Berny-Rivière
6.8/10 (93 reviews)
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Bathing lake with sandy beachDisneyland ParisHeated swimming poolGreat entertainment
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Bella Italia

Lombardy | Peschiera del Garda
7.3/10 (659 reviews)
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Right by Lake GardaTop rated family campsiteSwimming paradise with children's lagoon pool and water ...
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Eden (San Felice Del Benaco)

Lombardy | San Felice del Benaco
7.7/10 (190 reviews)
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Beautiful location in Saló BayLovely family campsiteSports facilities such as tennis and footballEx...
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les Alicourts Resort

Pays de la Loire | Pierrefitte-sur-Sauldre
Set in a beautiful locationWellness CentreWater slides and hot tubFun pool and wave pool

Le Castellas

Languedoc-Roussillon | Sète
8/10 (2628 reviews)
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50 meters from the beachFamily campsiteSwimming pool with paddling pool for childKids club
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Domaine des Tours

Midi-Pyrénées | Saint-Amans-des-Côts
8.2/10 (473 reviews)
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Located on the Lac de Selves in the AveyronFamily campsiteSwimming pool with wild water rapidsSports...
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Domaine des Iscles

Provence | La Roque d'Anthéron
7.3/10 (216 reviews)
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Located directly on a lake with a pebble beachIdeal for those who love the waterLovely swimming pool...
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Aqua Viva

Limousin | Carsac-Aillac
7.3/10 (191 reviews)
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Close to SarlatFamily campsiteTwo outdoor swimming poolsEntertainments program
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Le Neptune

Languedoc-Roussillon | Argelès Sur Mer
8.5/10 (418 reviews)
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Sandy beach 800 metres awayAtmospheric family campingPools and water slideMany activities
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Les Vignes

Aquitaine | Lit-et-Mixe
8.1/10 (688 reviews)
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new water park with lagoon opened6 km from the white sandy beaches of the Landeslidescycle routes
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Domaine de la Sainte Baume

Provence | Nans Les Pins
8.3/10 (654 reviews)
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Many opportunities for sportsPlayground for childrenTwo out of three pools heatedWater slide in chil...
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La Boissière

Midi-Pyrénées | Saint Geniez d'Olt
8.2/10 (215 reviews)
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Right on the river LotGreen campsite in the AveyronSwimming pool, children's area and jacuzziCanoein...
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Le Parc de la Fecht

Alsace | Munster
7.5/10 (65 reviews)
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Les Prés du Verdon

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | Quinson
8/10 (290 reviews)
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Clos Cottet

Pays de la Loire | Angles
8.1/10 (194 reviews)
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Few minutes from the beach of La Tranche sur MerSpacious family campsite in the VendéeIndoor and ou...
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Les Catalpas

Poitou-Charentes | St Georges De Didonne
8/10 (116 reviews)
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1.5km from the beach300m from a beautiful lakeSwimming pool with separate children's poolKid's club,...
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Aurilandes

Aquitaine | Aureilhan
7.8/10 (369 reviews)
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Located on Lake AureilhanBoating, fishing and sailing and surfingHeated swimming pool and separate c...
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Les Iles

Rhône-Alpes | Passy
7/10 (267 reviews)
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Directly on the lakeFamily CampsiteSwimming in the lakeIdeal for water lovers
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Le Parc des Allais

Pays de la Loire | Trogues
6.8/10 (339 reviews)
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On the banks of the river VienneFamily campingheated poolLarge animation program
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Le Coteau de la Marine

Provence | Montagnac Montpezat
7.7/10 (474 reviews)
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Located on the River VerdonA true family campsiteBeautiful heated swimming pool and children's poolS...
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Domaine d'Eurolac

Aquitaine | Aureilhan
8.3/10 (409 reviews)
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Located on Lake AureilhanFamily campingTwo swimming poolsSmall-scale activities programme for childr...
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Les Fontaines

Haute Normandie | Ivry La Bataille
6.5/10 (29 reviews)
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Rieumontagné

Midi-Pyrénées | Nages
8.2/10 (257 reviews)
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Directly on Lake Lac du LaouzasLovely family campsite with swimming poolVarious water sports on the ...
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Ensoya

Languedoc-Roussillon | Sigean
6.4/10 (101 reviews)
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A Mediterranean campsite nestled between France and SpainExclusive accommodations in natural surroun...
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(1) Amendments up to 14 days before arrival without giving any reason are only valid for campsites with the Vacanceselect or Tohapi logo and for accommodation with the blue tent symbol. Any amendments made within six weeks of departure, the holiday cost applied will be at the same or where applicable, at a higher rate. Please note, for 2023 holidays, free amendments can be made up to 14 days before arrival. (2) If it is not possible to travel to your holiday destination, it is possible to change to another campsite or period free of charge from 10 days before arrival. If you want to change to another destination, this only applies to accommodation with the blue Vacanceselect logo. These can be found on the campsite page in the accommodation overview. If, according to the FCDO, it is not possible to travel to your holiday destination 10 days before arrival, you are entitled to a full refund (of course, in this case you can also change your booking free of charge as described above). If we have to cancel your holiday because of circumstances relating to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund.
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The best places to go camping by a lake

Whether you prefer relaxing by the water, engaging in thrilling aquatic activities or wandering around the shores, a lake camping holiday is a great choice.

In the northern reaches of Italy, the waters of Lake Garda, Maggiore, Idro and Iseo set the scene for picturesque escapes. Our favourite of the Italian lakes is Lake Garda, a beautiful body of water that offers so much to holidaymakers that stay here. Explore this popular destination while enjoying a break at Campsite Bella Italia, Campsite Eden, Campsite Weekend or Campsite Europa Silvella.

There is much to laud in the other great Italian Lakes, where holidays in the lap of nature can be enjoyed at Campsite Del Sol Village on Lake Iseo and Campsite Isolino on Lake Maggiore.

For jaw-dropping natural beauty, bracing alpine air and the chance to engage in a multitude on water sports, why not consider a holiday at the gorgeous Campsite Manor Farm in Interlaken. Ideally perched on the shores of Lake Thun, the resort is a sublime destination for lovers of a lakeside camping holiday.

In France, we have a broad selection of campsites that occupy settings directly on or close to lovely lakes. In the southwest of the country, Lake Biscarrosse continues to be popular with active families. Discover the delights of Biscarrosse on a stay at Campsite Mayotte Vacances or Campsite Domaine de la Rive.

One of our favourite places for lakeside camping is Provence, where we have a selection of fantastic campsites close to the Lake of Sainte-Croix. Direct access to the lake is available from 4* Campsite Le Coteau de la Marine, while you’ll be ideally placed for day trips if you stay at either Campsite Les Prés du Verdon or 4* Campsite Verdon Parc.

Several other good options for lake camping include Campsite Domaine de Chalain directly on the emerald waters of Lac de Chalain, Campsite l'Idéal close to Lake Annecy in the French Alps and Campsite Saint Disdille on the banks of Lake Geneva.

Things to do while enjoying a lakeside camping holiday

A camping holiday by the water opens up so many opportunities for activity, exploration and relaxation. No matter your preferred style of camping escape, a holiday by the lake can be positively amazing.

Lovers of water sports can indulge in all manner of aquatic activities such as windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, sailing, snorkelling, diving, pedalo boating, and of course, swimming. Lakes set in the heart of nature provide the perfect place for scenic strolls and hiking trips, as well as cycling excursions or pony trekking.

On larger lakes, like Lake Garda, holidaymakers can enjoy exploring picturesque shore towns that look out longingly over the water. Discover charming resorts by looping around the lake in your car or skim across the surface on a brilliant boating trip.