Lac de Madine
The Lac de Madine is an artificial lake in the east of France , of the small river Madine is fed. With an area of almost 12 square kilometers, it has a depth of up to 14 meters and a catchment area of 32 square kilometers. Its surface is above sea level. The lake is part of the Lorraine Regional Nature Park ( French Parc naturel régional de Lorraine ).
Most of the water area is in the Meuse department , a smaller part in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department , both in the Grand Est region . You can access the lake via the villages of Nonsard-Lamarche and Heudicourt-sous-les-Côtes .
The Lac de Madine serves as a drinking water reservoir for the cities of Metz and Nancy , at the same time it is a tourist attraction in this rural area. The owner is the Syndicat du Lac de Madine , an amalgamation of the cities of Metz and Nancy as well as other public bodies.
There is a sports boat harbor in Nonsard-Lamarche and a smaller one with a sailing school in Heudicourt-sous-les-Côtes.
Several times a year, old- timer meetings take place at Lac de Madine in Nonsard-Lamarche , attracting visitors from all over France and Germany. Every year during the Whitsun holidays, the campsites around the lake, especially campground No. 1, became a party mile for many young people from Saarland and the Palatinate under the motto “Strack am Lac” .
Not far from the Rupt de Mad is the Butte de Montsec , an American memorial that was erected for the victims of the First World War . This monument can also be easily seen from the Metz-Paris railway line.