Gaschet path

Gaschet path

Agricultural landscape
Discovery trail
Pond and wetland
Relaxation area
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The Gaschet dam has a unique landscape in the archipelago with a water area of 100 hectares. Bird lovers have counted 80 species, making this a unique site in the Lesser Antilles, especially for migrating ducks. It is also an easily accessible spot for anyone looking for "nature and a change of scene".
A wide-open, rustic site, ideal for getting away from it all.

5 points of interest

  • Information board

    Introduction panel

    A presentation of the Gaschet site.
  • Flora

    Water hyacinths

    The water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is an aquatic plant listed as one of the worst invasive species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its proliferation is a potential source of environmental, economic, social and even health hazards in the environments where it forms colonies.
  • Flora

    Pond with bulrushes

    Herbaceous plants thrive in this wet environment.
  • Viewpoint

    View of the dam

    The dam was built to maintain the reservoir.
  • Viewpoint

    Bird observatory

    At this bird-observation point there are also drawing lessons for beginners.


Starting at the site's information panel, follow the path winding its way between the various rest places (karbays, benches, nature-drawing spots) all the way to the bird reserve.
You go back to the starting point the same way.
"Hiking Sketch" nature drawing activity and "Karu Explo" digital treasure hunt (smartphone application) on the site.
  • Departure : Near the site's information panel.
  • Arrival : Near the site's information panel.
  • Towns crossed : Port-Louis

Altimetric profile


No bathing.
A bylaw prohibits hunting and protects wild animals on the site.
Please respect the signs reminding visitors about the regulations on the site.
NB: unsupervised car park.

Information desks

Access and parking

GPS starting point: Lat: 16,422310°N - Long: 61,483441°W.
Access to the site is in Port-Louis by the RD n°128 road; access is indicated near the bridge spanning the Gaschet lake.

Parking :

Parking area at the site entrance


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