Clay Lake 1 (France)

Carp Crossing Holidays

Clay Lake 1 (France)


4.5 hour drive from Calais

Clay Lakes is based in Northern France, two exclusive forest lakes that can be hired together or individually in a truly stunning location.

Both lakes are heavily stocked with big beautiful hard fighting French Carp, spacious swims and access around each lake giving anglers the best possible chance. Each lake has its own private Lakeside Cabin including facilities giving anglers all they need to have a great holiday.

The venue is steeped in history dating back many centuries created by the Monks and even measured by the Cassini Family, it has survived two world wars and today it’s visited and fished by anglers from all over Europe.

A simple journey from Calais at 3 hours 50 minutes and 4 hours 20 minutes from Utrecht to the Farm Entrance. Bait can be ready for your arrival and Maxime the Bailiff on side is available if you need any assistance during your stay.

Cradles , Nets and Slings are all provided by the owner so no need to bring your own. Wheel barrows are on site that can be used for moving fishing tackle to  the swims.

The small lake is a stunning Clay bottom lake and just under 2 hectare in size. Grassy banks and walkways , the surrounding forest make this a truly Carpy venue. An old river bed channel runs through the middle of the lake, random pot holes and caves that come under the bank underneath your feet making this a challenge for all anglers.


Clay Lake 1 is a popular Big fish venue with Mirrors to 52lb and Commons to 47lb. There are three carp over 50lb and 6 fish that are 45lb to 50lb.
There are 12 fish 40lb to 45lb and lots of upper 30’s. Last season we saw fantastic growth for many fish breaking the 30lb barrier in the catch reports from clients, long may this continue.
Top fish that has been caught so far has passed the 50 pounds. There are not many commons to be found but if you catch one prepare yourself for a big and very strong one.


Clay Lakes really are hidden gems snuggled into a beautiful forest landscape that you can appreciate even more once you arrive on site, due to its rural location this also means there are no direct electric or water supply connections however we have a combination of Solar and generator power for all your needs during your holiday. Fresh clean water is delivered to us each week by a local farmer for your showering and cleaning needs.

Inside each Lakeside cabin you will find a basic Kitchenette that includes a Gas Oven, Fridge/Freezer, Wash Basin, Table, Chairs, Lights and English plug sockets including two USB ports for charging. Shower, Toilet and Sink are to the rear of each building and the instant Hot water is provided by LPG Gas Boilers. The kitchen is not equipped so you will need to bring your own pots, pans and any cutlery.

Cradles and Weigh Slings are provided by the owner for fish welfare and are located in each of the pegs. Wheel Barrows are on site to help get any gear to your swims and bait is provided upon request and can be ready for your arrival date.

All swims are equipped with a unhooking mat and a retainer sling and net.

Bivvy and chalet (no sleeping facility)
Lake exclusive max 3 anglers pw

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Boat allowed


"Some amazing fish in this lake! Great week with big fish thank you Simon"