Lac des Minimes, for a bucolic stroll or boat trip in the Bois de Vincennes.

Published by Margot de Sortiraparis · Photos by Margot de Sortiraparis · Published on July 9th, 2024 at 04:09 p.m.
Did you know? The Bois de Vincennes boasts not one, but several lakes: the largest and best-known, the Lac de Daumesnil, and more secretive ones like the Lac des Minimes, near Fontenay-sous-Bois and Nogent-sur-Marne.

As you stroll through the Bois de Vincennes, you may have noticed that, after a while, you come across a man-made lake to the east of the Bois, not far from the Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale and the Jardin de l'École du Breuil. This mini-lake (in comparison to Lac Daumesnil) is Lac des Minimes, one of the four lakes in the Bois de Vincennes, and above all it's a great place to take a stroll, go jogging or spend the day in the fresh air as soon as the fine weather returns!

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As soon as spring returns, Lac des Minimes can be explored aboard small boats available for hire, while for the rest of the year, you can enjoy a family outing by bike or on foot. The paths are accessible to baby carriages - or at least, it's not uncommon to see one. By the lake, you'll find an intriguing yellow chalet, Rosa Bonheur's guinguette to the east, like the ones that used to flourish on the banks of the Marne.

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For boat hire:

  • cost €10 for an hour for 1 or 2 people, €12 for an hour for 3/4/5 people (€10 deposit for all boats)
  • rental is open from March 1 to November 30, every day from 1.30 pm to 7 pm (last departure at 6 pm).
To get to Lac des Minimes by public transport, take RER line A (Fontenay-sous-Bois stop) or metro line 1 (Château de Vincennes stop), then bus 114 (direction Raincy, Porte Jaune stop). Have a nice trip to the lake!



Practical information

Location

1 Route de la Cascade
75012 Paris 12

Prices
Free

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