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Lake Tovel: useful information

Lake Tovel is one of the favorite destinations of those who come in Trentino on holiday.  

Many people visit the lake during summer and autumn. Therefore, you could find some traffic and it could be difficult to park your car. 

In this page you can find the most frequent asked questions by those who are interested in organizing a trip to the lake and want to know how to get there.  

If you need further information, feel free to contact us! 

The street that reaches Lake Tovel is open!
Now car park is open and free.


Is the road to the lake open?
Now it is open.
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 anymore?
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 Mountain 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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Via Roma, 21 - 38013 Borgo d'Anaunia TN

If you prefer a direct mail or talk to someone:
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