Built from 1979 to 1982, the purpose of the dam was primarily to regulate the groundwater table and guarantee the supply of drinking water to Mulhouse town and suburbs.
But this is a protected area, listed as a 'réserve naturelle volontaire agréée' (approved voluntary nature reserve). The Mulhouse water department and the syndicat mixte syndicat mixte du barrage de Michelbach (intermunicipal dam association) manages and operates the infrastructures.
A 4 km pedestrian circuit (about a 1½ hour walk) with information panels along the route takes you on a journey to discover and observe a large variety of species of birds that nest or pass through there (the cormorant, osprey and crow, for example).
On the horizon rise the Vosges summits such as Rossberg, Thannerhubel, Markstein and Le Grand Ballon.
Bathing and fishing are prohibited in the Michelbach dam.
Accessible all year round
Barrage de Michelbach - 68700 Michelbach
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