Red Lake

The Red Lake

Published on February 27, 2021 by Zoltan Nyaradi

The Red Lake lies approximately 26 kilometers from the quaint Romanian town of Ghiorgheni. As you embark on your journey to this picturesque destination, be prepared for a drive along winding roads that promise to captivate with their scenic charm. Rest assured, the adventure ahead guarantees breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains that are sure to leave a lasting impression. And as you near your destination, brace yourself for the enchanting allure of the Bicaz Gorge, a stunning continuation of natural beauty waiting to be explored.

Short history about the Red Lake

Lacul Roșu, known as the Red Lake in English, stands as one of the largest barrier lakes nestled within the Eastern Carpathian Mountains. Its origins trace back to a monumental landslide that obstructed a valley, prompting the accumulation of water within the resulting basin. The distinctive hue of its name is derived from the reddish sediment that blankets the lakebed, adding a unique allure to its natural splendor.

The Red Lake in a beautiful summer day.
Pine forest next to the lake.
Large forested mountains which surrounds the Red Lake.
Suhardul Mic mountain.
The Red lake in the summer.

Boat riding on the lake

For an alternative exploration of this captivating lake, consider renting a boat. Conveniently located near the restaurants, you’ll discover a spot where paddle boats are available for rental. Embark on a leisurely excursion across the tranquil waters, soaking in the serene surroundings and creating unforgettable memories amidst nature’s embrace.

Paddle boats on the Red Lake.
Tourists admiring the Red lake.


The only downside I encountered was the scarcity of parking spots in the vicinity. During my visit, I observed just one paid parking area situated alongside the main road, which was predictably packed with cars. Consequently, I had to settle for parking my vehicle along the roadside, squeezed in amongst others. Despite this inconvenience, I wholeheartedly endorse a visit to this area. Moreover, you’ll discover numerous hiking and trekking trails waiting to be explored nearby.

What else can you visit in the area?

A short drive along the main road toward Piatra Neamt will lead you to the stunning Bicaz Gorge, a natural wonder awaiting your discovery.