Come and swim in the largest artificial lake in Paris until September 15, 2017!

You may not know that but the Bassin de la Villette is the largest artificial lake in Paris and you will soon be allowed to swim… in the basin! After months assessing the water quality, the office of Paris Mayor presented its project to allow a secured swim this summer: 3 basins of different depths will be set within the Bassin de la Villette by the Quai de la Loire to allow Parisians and tourists to swim whilst enjoying a summery atmosphere. The pool will be open from July 17 to September 15, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for free… This is THE place to be this summer!

Are you ready to swim in Paris largest artificial lake? After years of waiting, this is now official, a secured pool within the Bassin de la Villette will be set. If you are doubtful, it is not a pool on the water like the Joséphine Baker swimming pool in Paris, but a genuine pool (100 meters long, 16 meters wide) set WITHIN the basin so you can swim in the basin water (but be rest assured it wil be without fishes and other trash).

La baignade Bassin de la Villette

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 July 17, 2017, 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.

Are you still thinking this project will not come to a successful conclusion? French politician Bruno Julliard confirmed that the project started on May 29, 2017, the additional equipment will be set up on June 19-23 and the pool will be available starting from July 17, 2017 as part of the Paris-Plages 2017 event.
This free pool will allow you to practice sports such as 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?

Practical information:
Swimming in the Bassin de la Villette
July 17 to September 15, 2017
Location: 36 Quai de la Loire, downstream of the Passerelle de la Moselle
Metro stations: Jaurès (line 5, 7bis and 2), Stalingrad (line 2, 5 and 7), and Laumière (line 5)
Opening times: from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Free admission

Elodie D.
Last updated on 1 September 2017

Practical information

Opening Time
From 17 July 2017 to 10 September 2017



    Quai de la Loire
    75019 Paris 19

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


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