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Just happiness !

A remarkable natural site, the Gorges de l'Ain offer you 40 kilometers of wonder and happiness along the water. Rich in diverse flora and fauna and a route dotted with hamlets and art buildings, enchantment awaits you from start to finish.

Very popular with tourists and locals alike, Ile Chambod-Merpuis is an unmissable site in the department . Located between Poncin, Hautecourt-Romanèche and Serrières-sur-Ain , downstream from the limestone cliffs of Balvay and Jarbonnet in the Gorges de l'Ain , Ile Chambod has a particular history... Born from the construction of the Allement dam in 1960, Chambod-Merpuis Island is above all 20 hectares of unspoiled nature on the banks of the Ain River and a navigable body of water of 15 km2.


Its natural heritage, its direct link with the Ain river and its environmental preservation constitute an exceptional setting. Aware of its specificity and its heritage value, the Syndicat Mixte de l'île and very strongly supported by the Department, has embarked on an ambitious project to rehabilitate the site with the desire to preserve its natural heritage as best as possible : reorganization of the reception square, parking, enlargement of the beach, paths for soft and pedestrian modes, installation of new signage, landscaping, inclusive play areas for children... Everything has been done to facilitate reception and channel the flow of visitors in a natural and harmonious approach.

Activités Chambod Merpuis

Activities for all

Whether it is on the right bank with Chambod or the left bank on the Merpuis side, the visitor benefits from a superb playground. On the program of activities: cycling, hiking, pedalos, paddles or yoga… Everything is done to offer the visitor an experience rich in emotions .


In addition on the Chambod side, an interpretation trail allows you to discover the 10 remarkable sites of the Haute Vallée de l'Ain, while going around the island. It is signposted over a length of 2 kilometers and is accessible to people with reduced mobility (PRM) on half of the route.



Chambod, 2907 route du Port 01250 Hautecourt-Romanèche


Free access from September to June.

Supervised beach: June 26-August 29, 2021 / 10.30am-7pm


From 1 m to 16 years old: € 2 / Adults: € 4 - Tel. 04 74 37 25 88

Bathing accessible to disabled people.

In summer, water games and sanitary facilities with showers are open from 10:30 am to 7 pm.

Reminder during the summer period, our animal friends are prohibited on the site.


At your disposal: nautical chairs, sanitary facilities and showers for the disabled.

Practical information on 04. 74. 37. 25. 88 (only in summer)

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