Lake Peiroou, also known as the Dam
Lake Peiroou, also known as the Dam, is near Saint-Rémy de Provence.
The lake site offers a unique and typical landscape of the Alpilles. Combining forest, rocky slopes and water, the lake is one of the most popular destinations for locals and tourists.
Lake Peiroou is a fragile natural site:
Site subject to access restrictions to the Alpilles massif
during drought periods.
Info on the Alpilles park website
Its name comes from the Provençal "pèiroù" which means cauldron.
On this site, the Romans had built a dam to create a reserve to supply water by an aqueduct to the baths and fountains of the city of Glanum. This dam was one of the first "arch-dams" in history.
The current dam was built in October 1891, in the same place as the Romans, to supply the fountains of Saint-Rémy de Provence.
|Type :||Gravity dam with overflow crest (a gravity dam is a dam whose own mass is enough to oppose the pressure exerted by the water).|
|Altitude :||130 m|
|Height :||19 m|
|Development :||22 m|
|Width :||7m (base) - 1m (crest)|
|Capacity :||80 000 m3|
Source : Information panels on the site itself.