Le Frasnois

Le Frasnois is a commune in the French department of Jura in the Franche -Comté.


Le Frasnois is located on 792 m above sea level. M., about twelve kilometers south of the city Champagnole (air line). The village is located in the Jura, on a plateau between the lakes Lac de la Motte in the South and Lac de Narlay in the north, on the edge of the vast forested heights of the Bois sur le Lac des Bois de Banc.

The area of ​​14.56 km ² municipal area includes a portion of the French Jura. The central part is occupied by the gently undulating plateau of Le Frasnois, the average at 790 meters above sea level. M. lies. On this Kalkhochfläche are in depressions that were sealed by marl and clay of Pleistocene glacial deposits, various lakes: Lac du Petit- Maclu, the Lac du Grand- Maclu and the Lac de la Motte, who all belong to the catchment area of ​​the Hérisson, and the Lac de Narlay which is drained underground. East of the Lacs de Maclu the slope rises steeply, and on the plateau of the Bois de Ban is 930 m above sea level. M. reached the highest elevation of Le Frasnois. To the north- east of the district is sufficient ground on the ridge of the Mont des Ifs ( 889 m above sea level. M. ).

In the north, the municipality's area on the crest of the Bois sur le Lac and the Valley of the also above ground endorheic Lac du Vernois extends to the plateau of Les Grands Bois and Bois de Banc ( 889 m above sea level. M. ). ( Bois de Jeanrau Bois de la Signat, 877 m asl. ) To the valley of Hérisson Also, to the southwest the area has extensive forest areas ranges. This river with its numerous small and large waterfalls, which drains the area to the west of Ain, forms the southern boundary.

At Le Frasnois addition to the actual site also includes several hamlets, groups of farms and individual farms, including:

  • Narlay ( 765 m above sea level. M. ) west of Lac de Narlay
  • La Fromagerie (770 m above sea level. M. ) on the north side of the valley of the Hérisson

Neighboring communities of Le Frasnois are Saffloz and Châtelneuf in the north, La Chaux -du- Dombief in the east, the south and Bonlieu Menétrux -en- Joux, Songeson and Chevrotaine in the West.


Is first documented in the 12th century Le Frasnois. The place name derives from the old French word Fresnaie ( ash grove ). In the 13th century it was granted certain liberties. Together with the Franche- Comté reached Le Frasnois with the Peace of Nijmegen in 1678 to France. To a field change occurred in 1815, when that was incorporated previously independent La Fromagerie Le Frasnois.


The village church of Le Frasnois was built in the 16th century, while the bell tower and the choir from the 18th century come. Among the natural attractions of the region include the five lakes of Le Frasnois, the viewing point Belvédère des quatre Lacs ( at the height of the Bois de Ban ) and the Hérisson waterfalls.


With 154 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011) Le Frasnois one of the small towns in the Jura. After the population had decreased significantly in the first half of the 20th century (1881 221 persons were still counted ), a continuous increase in population was recorded since the beginning of the 1960s again.

Economy and infrastructure

Le Frasnois was until well into the 20th century a predominantly coined by agriculture, especially livestock and dairy farming, as well as by the forestry village. In addition, there are now some small business enterprises, including arts and crafts (pottery, wood carving ). Many workers are also commuters who engage in the larger towns in the vicinity of their work.

As a resort in a popular tourist area in the High Jura Le Frasnois now benefiting also from tourism, especially in the summer holidays, when water can be operated on the Lac de la Motte and the Lac de Narlay. In the surroundings of Le Frasnois beautiful walks and long walks can be undertaken.

The village is located off the major thoroughfares on a secondary road that leads from Ilay (La Chaux -du- Dombief ) to Le Pont de la Chaux ( on the main road N5). Another road connection with Chevrotaine.