Tovel Lake

Located in the same name valley, belonging to the municipality of Ville d’Anaunia in Val di Non (in the province of Trento), the Tovel Lake is certainly one of the most beautiful alpine lakes and deserving a careful and detailed visit.

The lake, at an altitude of 1178 meters above sea level, beyond being one of the largest in the entire Trentino region it can be considered the ‘precious stone’ of the Adamello-Brenta Natural Park.

When you get to this beautiful place, you can completely immerse yourself in the wonderland of the surrounding nature and totally isolate from the rest of the world: just think that the first inhabited center is 14 km far (the small town of Tuenno, ed).

To surround and protect the lake there is a huge expanse of greenery that characterizes the Park, on whose banks you can find the various Houses: the most famous is certainly the House of the Red Lake, and later we will explain why this name.

The building is dedicated to the brown bear, which is the animal symbol of the Adamello-Brenta Natural Park: the animal was reintroduced into this enchanted place between 1999 and 2002.

Precisely for the presence of some brown bears in the valley, Tovel Lake is also known as Bears Lake.

The waters of Lake Tovel are renowned for being extraordinarily clear, with color shades ranging from green to blue.

In addition, the lake is extremely rich in fauna: inside in fact it is possible to find different types of fish, while around the waters of Tovel it is not uncommon to come across some specimens of collar grass snake, a non-poisonous snake.

But Tovel Lake is known a bit everywhere like the “Red Lake”.

This is because until the ’60s in this area occurred a one of a kind phenomenon, that is the reddening of the waters that kept happening regularly every summer.

A natural spectacle that naturally recalled the curiosity of many visitors from all over Italy and even Europe.

All this thanks to the action of an algae, known as Tovellia Sanguinea, which flourishing gave the lake the red coloration.

The last big reddening is dated 1964: according to recent studies, the disappearance of the phenomenon is due to the lack of organic load (nitrogen and phosphorus) carried by the herds of bovines grazing on the banks of the lake.

In essence, the change in animal management and the almost disappearance of flocks from the ’60s onwards has led to the disappearance of this natural spectacle, which over the centuries sparked several legends.

The most famous is that of Princess Tresenga, who wanted the annual reddening of the lake as a reminder of the blood spilled by the regent and her inhabitants, defeated in battle by the army of the King of Tuenno.