Water and rock
In the valley of Eau d’Olle, between Belledonne and Grandes Rousses, the natural landscape is worthy of a postcard. The waters of Lac du Verney add an aquatic element to this rocky, mineral universe.
Lac du Verney
The 75-hectare Lac du Verney is shared by the communities of Allemont and Oz-en-Oisans. Formed by a hydroelectric dam, the lake offers a host of enjoyable aquatic activities in a mountain setting, including paddle boating, canoeing, windsurfi ng, fi shing, and Optimist sailing.
The waters of the lake mirror the mountain ranges surrounding the Eau d’Olle valley. These mountains can be reached by way of the Glandon and Croix-de-Fer cols.
The Hydrélec museum, located in Vaujany, presents the history and features of this dam, which functions in conjunction with the Grand-Maison dam, located upstream. There is also information on related subjects like different types of energysources and new technologies.
Maison du bouquetin
The Musée du Rivier, in Allemont, is divided into two sections. One part of the museum is devoted to ibex, while the other section covers the history of Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory’s plane crash on 14 November 1944, above Rivier d’Allemont.
The section of the Rivier museum devoted to ibex is called the Maison du Bouquetin. It provides a detailed study of this emblematic animal, which was nearly extinct by the late 19th century. Today, ibex have been reintroduced in various mountain ranges in France. You’ll learn about their morphology, habitat, diet, social behaviour, and predators. There is also information on how the ibex population was restored, and the related scientifi c studies in the Belledonne range. The various themes are presented in the form of modern exhibits, with fi lms, games, posters, and mountain outings.
Espace York Mallory
The other part of the Rivier museum, Espace York Mallory, tells a dramatic true story. In November 1944, the great British Air Marshall Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory was killed in a mysterious plane crash above Rivier d’Allemont. Leigh-Mallory had commanded Allied aviation during D-Day in Normandy. This bit of history is illustrated with a documentary fi lm featuring various interviews. The museum also displays parts of the plane and its cargo. The victims of the crash are buried in Rivier d’Allemont’s small cemetery.
Farcis de l'Oisans