Come and swim in the largest artificial lake in Paris from June 2018

It's official, Bassin de la Villette is back for Paris Plages 2018! We will enjoy summer with 3 basins of different depths will be set within the Bassin de la Villette by the Quai de la Loire. Swim to relax or to work out, in a summery atmosphere. The pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for free… The basins opening is scheduled on June 20, 2018!

Are you ready to swim in Paris largest artificial lake? You will be delighted to know that the Bassin de la Villette is said to open on June 20, 2018. It's Paris Authorities that have announced the good news on social networks: 

Launched in 2017, this swimming area is a whole symbol: a sign of water clean-up, as well as an invitation for the Olympics 2024 (that Paris has won!)

Yes, it sounds weird to say we can swim in a canal in Paris, but thinking about it, Parisians used to spend their summery Sundays in the water back in 1920...

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For safety issues, the pool will not be marked out by floating wooden boards but will be “equipped with an immersed bottom, linked to pontoons thanks to a frame on which nests will be attached, so it will prevent from immersed objects to pass”. Swimming will be secured and the water quality will be assessed daily to ensure the health of everyone.

Open from June 20, 2018, the Bassin de la Villette will feature 3 pools:

  • A 1.20-m deep pool for amateur swimmers
  • A 2-m deep pool for experience swimmers wishing to improve their swimming style
  • A 40-cm deep paddling’s pool for accompanied children

This pool built as part of the “Nager à Paris” (swimming in Paris) project will offer a secured swimming session for free, just like it used to be 60 years ago. The pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 300 people can come at the same time (including persons with reduced mobility) so that everyone can make the best of it! In terms of comfort and hygiene, beach cabins, shower stalls and deckchairs will be provided.

Paris Plages 2018 is now including this bathing area. This free pool should comfort all those who couldn't enjoy the French beaches and comes to reinforce its summer sporting offering, that already includes canoeing, rowing, “water-rolling”, electric bumper boat and even zip-lining. The Bassin de la Villette will become an ephemeral outdoor activity center within Paris itself!

Ready to take a dive?

Elodie D.
Last updated on 18 June 2018

Practical information

Opening Time
From 20 June 2018 to 1 September 2018



    Quai de la Loire
    75019 Paris 19

    M° 2, 5 et 7 bis - arrêt Jaurès
    M ° 2 , 5 et 7 - arrêt Stalingrad


    Official website

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