Beautiful Lakes

Lake Campotosto – Abruzzi, Italy

Lake Campotosto is a man-made lake in the Abruzzo, Italy. The reservoir is located at an elevation of 1,313 m and comprises an area of 14 square kilometres. It is located in the natural park known as the “Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park”. The lake is reachable via the Italian State Highway 80 from either L’Aquila or the Adriatic Coast. Smaller roads lead to Capitignano, Montereale and Amatrice.A circular trail about 50 km in length run along the perimeter of Lake Campotosto. It is rather flat in nature. In the summer it serves as a gathering place for many hiking, jogging, bicycle touring or simple romantic walks during the sunset hours. Shorter excursions can be arranged by cutting off one of the two main branches of the lake.

St. Croix Lake, France

The Lake of Sainte-Croix is a man-made lake that was formed by the construction, between 1971 and 1974  of a reinforced-concrete arch dam by the name of Dam of Sainte-Croix . The reservoir holds a maximum of 761 million cubic metres of water. The dam, which generates 142 million kWh of electricity per year, is 94 metres high, 7.5 metres thick at its base and 3 metres thick at its crest.The village that can be seen adjacent to the lake, however, is not the eponymous village of Sainte-Croix-de-Verdon but Les Salles-sur-Verdon. The original village is now completely underwater.

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