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Génissiat Dam
Historic site and monument

Génissiat Dam

Europe’s first major hydroelectric dam. The construction began in 1936 and it was finished in 1948. Things to see: the surface spillway on the right bank. This is a long channel ending with a spectacular “ski jump”.

CNR offers an interactive and educational guided tour that combines hydraulic art, history and technology. There are some movies, models and objects that will help you to discover the great adventure of the river Rhone as well as all the different renewable energies such as the water, the wind and the sun that CNR has been developping.

Open period

From 15/02 to 18/12/2020, daily between 10 am and 6 pm.


  • Picnic area
  • Lift
  • Toilets
  • Car park
  • Free car park
  • Parking


  • Educational visits
  • Booking obligatory
  • Guided tours

Adapted tourism

  • Site, building totally accessible

In addition to the reception

You have to wear flat and closed shoes. You have to bring your Identity Card as they will check it out before getting in.

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Good plans

Do not miss the long canal on the right side of the bank where the water is evacuated. It ends up in an impressive drop called the "ski jump".

Rue Marcel Paul 01200 Injoux-Génissiat Show / Hide location



Direct, Compagnie Nationale du Rhône
  • https://www.lescircuitsdelenergie.fr/fr/sites/genissiat/