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Something about:


Red Lake (Lacu Rosu)


     The Red Lake (Lacu Roşu) is a natural storage dam lake and is situated at the foot of Hasmasu Mare Mountains, somewhere near the town Gheorgheni. It is the largest natural mountain lake in Romania, its name coming from the reddish alluvia (iron oxides and iron hydroxides) deposited in the lake by the Red Creek.

     The lake seems dark and threatening, the stumps that come out of the water makes you think that a lacustrian civilization met their fate just a few years before you pass by. Flocks of ducks just fly around you if you decide to venture into sailing a boat. This is a strong reason for which you should row your boat for almost 10 minutes in a contest along with the ducks. If you get too far away from the shore, you can see what’s left from this “civilization”.

     The Red Lake was formed not too long ago, someday in July 1837, when after many storms in a row, a huge piece of stone separated from The Killer Mountain and blocked the Licas Creek, Oii Creek and the Red Creek. The only “witnesses” of this natural calamity are the spruce fir stumps that still remained in the water. Because of the fact that the Suhardu Mic Mountain had a purple reflection in the lake and of the reddish limy alluvia brought by the Red Creek, the shepherds decided to call it The Red Lake (Lacu Roşu).

     Only in 1857, three tourists from Gheorgheni rested on its shores and they were amazed by the wild beauty of the mountain landscape. So therefore they spread the word that they discovered a piece of paradise. Since then, many tourists have been visiting this area, being attracted by the natural beauty of the lake and by the riches of the fauna and flora.

In 1910, the road from Gheorgheni to Red Lake (Lacu Roşu) started to be built (it was built in fact only till the place called “Gâtul Iadului), and it was finished in 1937. In other words, this road connected actually Transylvania and Moldavia.

The surroundings of the lake present a very rich fauna and flora. The coniferous forests are mixed with nut forests and the mountain willow. What the flora is concerned, one can see white pine trees, sycamore maple and poplar trees. The animals that live in the area are the following: the lynx, the chamois, wolves, stags and wild boars.




The first legend says that in Lazarea there lived a very beautiful girl, called Estera. She went to Gheorghieni and there she met a handsome lad that was supposed to be even stronger than a bear. Once they saw each other, they fell in love. The lad asked this girl to be his wife, but they couldn’t get married because the boy had to go in the army. Since then, they girl kept waiting for him, she used to go with the pitcher at the well, she used to wait for him for hours and hours, hoping that the one whom she loved, would return. It was a Sunday afternoon when, while passing by near the well, she was seen by a thief that kidnapped her, taking her to the caves of the Suhardu Mic Mountain, where he used to live. He promised the girl that he would give her everything, as long as she would marry him, but she refused to do so. The thief lost his patience and wanted to marry her by force. Then Estera cried to the mountains for help. The rocks heard the girl’s lament and summoned a heavy storm. The rain destroyed everything in its way, and so the girl and the thief were killed when the rocks fell on them. After that, all the mountain waters gathered there, forming The Red Lake. (The Killer).


The second legend says that on the meadow between the mountain slopes, there used to be the sheepfold, which was called the “Shepherds”. When the shepherds saw the storm approaching, they tried to run for cover, but when the killing mountain collapsed, it buried them alive together with their sheep.


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