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Famous Five - Birch Lake Great catch of Birch Lake carp!


 There have been some tidy anglers on the lakes already this season not least Dean Cook who had a great haul of carp from Birch Lake a couple of weeks ago - leaving aside his catfish captures. His best carp was a mirror of 37lbs 1ozs and a common of 35lbs and he had some other superb fish. ....more

Famous Five - Birch Lake ETANGS DE BRETON 2020 BOOKINGS


We still have some vacancies on the Etangs De Breton complex for 2020. Poplars Lake: £600 per week for exclusive lake and lakeside mobile home use for three carp anglers or the small family. Birch Lake: £650 per week for exclusive lake and lakeside cabin use for three carp anglers or t ....more

Famous Five - Birch Lake Seventy is the magic number


Jonathon Johnson targeted the cats of Birch Lake last week and was rewarded with three over 70lb at 71lb, 72lb and 78lbs. Using a variety of pellets over big halibuts was the successful bait. ....more

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David Done Catch Report w/c 18/7


David Done Mirror carp: 19lb 5oz, 21lb 5oz, 29lb, 32lb, 35lb. Commons: 30lb, 30lb.  Catfish: 3'lb, 36lb, 37lb, 37lb, 38lb, 41lb, 43lb, 76lb 6oz (p.b.), plus kittens. 21 fish totalling 633lb 6oz. Note: David only fished three full days as had to leave early. Fished no all nights. ....more

Josh Shines Again!


Regular visitors to Birch Lake, dad Martin and son Josh Bodle always catch well on the lake. Their recent visit proved to be no exception and over the course of their stay they landed fourteen fish with Josh as normal taking the lion's share of the fish, with carp to 37lbs. Well done Josh!   ....more



We've been to the Bigot Pisculture fish farm today to choose a few top up fish for next season. We purchased twenty six mirrors all over 20lb with a few koi for the ladies and they have been spread across Birch, Poplars, Eagle and Peters and Orchard Lakes. We find these young fast growing Bigot ca ....more

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Birch lake is located mid-way between the towns of Vitre and Laval, a few minutes drive away from a pretty Bretagne village. The lake is situated in private fenced grounds on the edge of the forest  and down a little-used country side-road.

The hour and a half drive from St Malo is all by motoway and there are no tolls. The lake is 2 1/2 hours from Caen 3hrs from Le Havre, and 3 hours Cherbourg - again no tolls. Calais is 5 hours away by new motoway.

Dogs are allowed at this venue.

You and your party of up to three carp anglers or the small family will have exclusive use of the lake and lakeside chalet.


  • Lake Size : 2.5 acres
  • Maximum of 3 anglers
  • Depth : 5 feet at the dam end, 2 feet in the shallows
  • Carp Stock : Excellent stocking of carp to 50lb. Many 20's & 30's, noted for it's 30lb plus commons. 
  • Other Fish : Catfish to 120lbs, roach, grass carp, eels, perch and American perch.
  • Lake Bed : Hard bottom bed with silt patches in the middle with gravel margins
  • Features : Overhanging birch trees, fish from one bank.
  • Access : Excellent vehicle access to the lake and accommodation - park right outside.
  • Night Fishing : Yes
  • Row boats Allowed : Yes, one man boat provided  (please supply own lifejacket).. 
  • Bait boats allowed: Yes  Bait boats are strongly recommended.
  • Dogs allowed: Yes

Birch Lake is 2.5 acres in size and is regarded by many as the most beautiful lake on the complex. The first glimpse of it from the dam wall has been described by many visitors as 'simply stunning.'

Birch is a long lake, with the non-fishing bank composed of an unbroken series of over-hanging trees. A very atmospheric lake, and one of the most tranquil and private lakes in France, it is set in fully-fenced private woodland. The wildlife on Birch is rich and varied, and it is home to resident kingfishers, birds of prey, red squirrels, mallards and many species of song birds.

Many personal bests are taken from Birch every season, and many anglers are completely captivated by Birch, and return every year - which is no surprise to us. Parties have complete privacy, and are not overlooked.

A bait boat is recommended  to use at this venue to present baits and hookbait under the far marginal trees although a one-man rowing is provided to row out rigs etc  if you don't have a bait boat..

The chalet on Birch Lake provides very comfortable accommodation for the anglers or small family and is only a couple of yards from the water's edge.

The chalet has mains electricity and hot and cold running water and comprises one bedroom with a double bed, a fully equipped kitchen with gas cooker and oven, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer and storage cupboards. The living/dining area provides a double bed-settee, tables and chairs, English Freeview TV with DVD. The bathroom has a shower, English toilet and wash basin.

There is a barbecue area right outside the mobile home complete with garden furniture, overlooking the shallows. There is a separate shed for the storage of tackle.

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Thank you, Paul. Beautiful place and stunning fish. See you next year! ....more


Thanks Paul, it has been a pleasure. Hopefully see you again! ....more


Thanks to Paul, Hazel and gang! ....more


Lovely lake, good fishing! ....more


Friendly Bailif very helpful We had a bad snag in the swim and lost a few fish and tackle and after reporting was quickly removed ....more

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