The Lac des Settons was created by the construction of a dam in the mid 1800s, for the purpose of floating wood north to Paris. It is located south of the small village of Montsauche-les-Settons, 650 metres above sea level, and measures approx 15 km (8 miles) around its perimeter.
The Lac des Settons is the most well-known lake in the entire Burgundy region. It is surrounded by woodland and provides good fishing with fish such as perch, trout, carp and pike swimming in its waters.
The dam joins the left bank with the right, via a bridge across the lake. In 1937 the dam was classified as an historic monument and in 1944 the same status was awarded to the ‘Maison du Gard’, the little guard house facing the dam.