The red lake and its mountain huts
Considered one of the natural jewels of the Adamello Brenta Natural Park, Lake Tovel is the largest natural lake in Trentino. Situated a few kilometres from the neighbouring Val di Non, it is also known as the red lake, after the colour of its waters due to the action of an algae, which, however, no longer occurs today. The “Red Lake” Park House along the lakeshore offers an exhibition area and spaces for educational activities and scientific research, explaining this unique phenomenon.
You can walk around the perimeter of the lake along a trail suitable for all fitness levels that takes about an hour and a half, with a short uphill section on a wooden staircase. Among the many picturesque sights, don’t miss the bay of Rislà, with its white beaches, where you can stop for a picnic or even a dip in the water, although the temperatures are always quite low. From here, you can walk to the Rislà waterfall: in about fifteen minutes you will be able to enjoy a truly impressive spectacle.
We recommend a tour of the mountain huts in Val di Tovel, but keep in mind that the road to the lake is open seasonally and is closed from November to March. The ideal time to visit is in spring: with the thaw, you will be treated to views of the many ephemeral lakes that disappear in the summer.