The Lake of Barrea

Lake Barrea is a lake created in 1952 by the barrage of the Sangro river and some smaller streams such as the Rio Acqua dei Monks, the Profulo and the Rio della Valle, at the foot of the village of Barrea.

The reasons for this barrage are obviously to be traced back to the creation of a hydroelectric power station.

Nevertheless, the reservoir of Lake Barrea has created one of the most fascinating landscapes of Abruzzo, today the destination of many tourists.

  • Dimensions
  • Fishing
  • Fauna
  • Beaches and Shores
  • Sport
  • Countries
  • Panorama and Photo

The Lake is wide over 300 hectares and over 4.5 km long and about 500 meters wide, with a maximum depth of about 30 meters. It is located at a altitude of 980 meters above sea level. The lake is rich in fish fauna such as Carp, Tinche, Carassio, Barbel, Scardola, Cavedano, Perch and Lake Trout. For this reason it is a destination for fishing enthusiasts; Obviously fishing on Lake Barrea is subject to regulations to which I refer you. Carp fishing is the favorite technique and the lake has been the seat of the Italian championship. To see well the fishing rules is fundamental because the lake is inside a nature reserve and has only some areas authorized to fish and also at the office of the Park in Civitella Alfedena or the Museum of the wolf you can buy permission of fishing. Around The lake it is easy to spot the fauna typical of the Abruzzo National Park (I refer you to this page for further details) with Marsicani Bears, Wolves, Deer and Chamers… On The lake overlooks the beach of Gravara, lido with Pebble Beach, equipped with loungers, deckchairs and umbrellas; It is near the entrance to the village of Barrea coming from Villetta Barrea. This year Gravara has also obtained important acknowledgements thanks to the cleanliness of the waters, to the landscape that surrounds it and to the satisfaction of the visitors. The Beach is also equipped with bar with catering and it is possible to bathe in the summer seasons as well as sports such as canoeing or pedal boats. The Other lido is "I Safini", located in front of the village of Barrea, is an area equipped with bars, sun loungers and parasols and also a swimming pool. The sun loungers pose on a grassy turf while the beach is always pebble. Another Pleasant point to stop near the lake is the public playground of Villetta Barrea. It overlooks the lake and is equipped with children's games and picnic tables. The Lake is surrounded by a bike path for mountain biking but also excellent for a jog. It is about 10 km long and must be approached with a technical shoe because it is an easy but dirt path. On the lake it is possible to canoe and the shores offer to rent the equipment. On Lake Barrea Overlook the villages of Barrea, Villetta Barrea and Civitella Alfedena. Finally, many guests ask me what is the best place to make magnificent panoramic photos, such as those that you see on Instagram: Well that wonderful point from which to take the picture is in the country of Barrea, you can make jerkmills shots from the Square Mammarino, along the main course of the country, between the commercial activities. Also Ideal is the Castle of Barrea, located at the top of the village, from there you can take a picture of Lake Barrea and the roofs of the ancient village, like this that I propose below. The Panorama of Lake Barrea