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Lake Resia

Presumably the most famous church tower of South Tyrol projects from Lake Resia in the Val Venosta valley

Note: From the end of March to June 2024, the water level of Lake Resia will be drastically lowered in order to relocate and secure the state highway and bicycle path.

Lake Resia - "Reschensee" in German, "Lago di Resia" in Italian - is located in the western part of South Tyrol, at Curon Venosta near the Passo di Resia mountain pass. Its striking landmark - a steeple towering from the lake - does not only individuate this 6.6. km long and 1 km wide lake, but is in fact symbol of the entire valley and known beyond borders. Directly at the lakeshore there are the villages of Curon Venosta and Resia as well as the hamlets of Casone and Spin. Up to 1950, there were three lakes in this area: Lake Resia, Lake Curon and Lake San Valentino alla Muta. When the reservoir was dammed after the construction of the dam wall (1947-1949), the locality of Curon Venosta as well as much of the village of Resia were flooded and destroyed.

The only remnant of Old Curon is the steeple, which still towers out of the waters and is nowadays a historical landmark. There are several narrations and legends around this historical happening and the steeple - it is said that sometimes you can hear the bells ring from the depths of the lake! In the waters of Lake Resia, various fish species like vendaces, brown trouts, perch, pikes and rainbow trouts splash around. At the lakeshore, people enjoy walking, nordic walking, jogging and cycling. The deep blue Lake Resia, however, is also a mekka for kitesurfers, as this place features the right wind conditions, and is perfect for a ship tour on board of the MS Hubertus Interregio. In winter, however, the lake offers ideal conditions for ice sailers and ice surfers, whereas at its west end the valley station of the Belpiano skiing area can be found.

Altitude: 1,498 m a.s.l.
Surface: 660 hectares
Depth: max. 28 m
Category: reservoir

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