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Lake Tovel: useful information

Lake Tovel is the largest natural lake in Trentino and is one of the jewels of the Adamello Brenta Natural Park. It is located at the northern end of the famous Brenta Dolomites and is surrounded by the Campa massive, a majestic rocky amphitheatre which connects Passo Grostè and Passo Gaiarda. The unmistakable colour of its waters has made it famous right across the globe.
The deep blue colour of the 39 metre deep water in the middle of the lake gives way to emerald towards the shores. The contrast is even clearer when the water washes up on the brilliantly white beaches: it looks like Caribbean sand but is in fact a precious powder of Dolomite rock! Until the early 1960s, something incredible would happen in the summer months: the water would turn red due to the presence of a microscopic algae (tovellia sanguinea) which still exists but in much lower amounts.


Is the road to the lake open?
In Winter the road is closed.
Can you visit the lake in winter?
In winter, the road from Tuenno to Lake Tovel is not cleared of snow. Therefore, you can get to the lake until the first snow arrives in winter. The road then becomes impassable and is closed to traffic until the spring. It is reopened after being checked by a geologist from the regional authorities.
Can you take your dog to the lake?
Yes but it must be kept on a lead at all times because the lake is within the Adamello Brenta Natural Park.
Why doesn’t the lake turn red any more?
The algae tovellia sanguinea, which used to cause the waters to turn red, still exists in the lake but in much lower concentrations. The most likely reason for the lake no longer turning red is the lack of certain nutrients in the lake’s waters, such as those from cow’s droppings in the summer pastures.
Are refreshments available at the lake?
Yes, on the shores of the lake are Chalet Tovel and Albergo Lago Rosso.
Can you swim in the lake?
Yes you can. However, the lake is at an altitude of 1,178 metres and the water is cold.
Can you walk around the lake?
The walk around the lake takes around one hour. It is an easy path although at one point it becomes at bit narrow and crosses a few rocky steps. This section has a handrail. For this reason, the walk around the lake is not suitable for pushchairs.
Can you fish in Lake Tovel?
Yes you can. For the opening and closing dates of the fishing season, granting of permits and costs, please see here.
Can you camp there or are there campsites nearby?
There are no campsites near the lake and camping is not permitted.

How to find us

From Tuenno, follow the signs and take the SP14 along the Val di Tovel which ends at the car park near the lake. Charges apply in the car park from June to September. In summer, cars must be parked nearby Capriolo restaurant, halfway along the road between Tuenno and the lake. A shuttle bus then runs between the car park and the lake. The same shuttle bus can also be caught from Tuenno or Cles. For more details on costs and times, see www.visitvaldinon.it. On foot, we recommend the remarkable “Sentiero delle Glare” footpath. From Capriolo restaurant, cross the lunar landscape of the enormous boulder field created by the collapse of Monte Corno and climb up through the forest to the lake.

For further information

Val di Non Tourism Office
Via Roma, 21 - 38013 Borgo d'Anaunia TN

If you prefer a direct mail or talk to someone:
info@visitvaldinon.it - +39 0463 830133

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