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Base Régionale de Loisirs de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Outdoor Leisure Centre

The Base Régionale de Loisirs de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines was established back in 1969 and is an outdoor leisure centre that occupies 600 hectares and has a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy.

The aims of this incredible site are to offer a large and accessible high quality nature area with nature trails, picnic area and places for strolling plus provide a nature reserve to protect the environment from urban encroachment and preserve and catalogue the natural habitat for numerous wildlife that exist here, along with numerous activities and sports.

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Base Régionale de Loisirs de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Outdoor Leisure Centre

But yet another aim is to have a site that will provide activities to suite all tastes, from horse riding to sailing, golfing to swimming and cycling to fishing, this place has an incredible amount of different outdoor activities that will be able to provide enjoyment for all that come here. 

The Leisure Centre is situated in the municipality of St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, which is around 30km to the West of Paris and is a strategic location in a major suburb that allows it to offer a wide range of outdoor leisure activities to the inhabitants of the whole Parisian region and those that are on holiday in France within this area.

A national man-made heritage

It is probably most well known as the site that has the largest lake in Ile de France region and at 120 hectares is a classic piece of infrastructure that acts as a reservoir against flooding and also has a major National Nature Reserve, which is approximately 90 hectares.

The lake of St-Quentin is the last link in a chain of lakes and streams that was constructed under the orders of King Louis XIV between 1675 and 1685, which was designed to collect and bring rainwater to the fountains in the park around his Château of Versailles.

The system devised relies solely on gravity, as the water is transported between artificial lakes that are closed off by locks, and goes along 34km of aqueducts, with twenty of these being underground, and the pine trees at the northern end of the lake bear witness to this amazing feat.

Natural heritage

The lake of St-Quentin en Yvelines is an important landing stage for migrating birds, which is why it has become a special protection area. The western end of the lake is also classified as one of only 150 National Nature Reserves in France and there are more than 250 species of birds that can be seen here, which include ducks, marsh warblers and even the rare crested triton that is a species protected worldwide.  There are also eight species of plant that are also protected and a special feature of this fantastic place.

Well over two million visitors take advantage of this fantastic place in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines every year in an area that is not far from the Capital City Paris.  It is also at the crossroads of Versailles, the Bièvre valley and the Chevreuse Valley with its Regional Nature Park, the Rambouillet Forest, and has provided the Ile de France region with a major asset for all to enjoy, including the environment.

The Base Régionale de Loisirs de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is open every day of the year from 7.30am through to 10.30pm where you have access to the facilities available on this site of 600 hectares of green open space, woodland and lake.

It is a welcome retreat for both families and groups and the admission price for a vehicle into this outdoor leisure park is only 2 Euros.

To find out more about specific activities on offer, please go to Activities at the Base Régionale de Loisirs de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

Address & Contact Details:

Base Régionale de Loisirs de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Route Départementale 912
Ile de France

Telephone number: 1 30 16 44 40

Base Régionale de Loisirs de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

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