Bicaz Lake

Last year, in 2014, after we finished our beautiful adventure in the Ceahlău Mountains, on Toaca Peak, we left the village of Izvorul Muntelui (Mountain Spring) and headed to Borșa in Maramureș, Northern Romania. The road taking us to Borșa was winding on the shores of Bicaz Lake, also known as Izvorul Muntelui Lake (Mountain Spring Lake).

Izvorul Muntelui Dam
Izvorul Muntelui Dam – towards the Bistrița river Valley, downstream

First we crossed Izvorul Muntelui Dam where we stopped to admire the huge construction and then to admire the picturesque Bistrița river Valley. The dam is built on the Bistrița river, 4 km away from the town of Bicaz.


The lake formed by this impressive dam is 35 km long, has a surface of 32 square kilometres and has a volume of 1250 million cubic meters. All these numbers make this lake the second largest artificial lake in Romania!

Bicaz Lake
Bicaz Lake

However, we are not impressed by the numbers but by this lake’s astonishing beauty, the amazing surrounding, the valley and the mountains. The scenery is picturesque to say the least and once you start looking at it it’s easy to loose track of time 🙂

We stopped many times on the side of the road and walked a bit further to get to the lake shore to admire it from a close distance. The day before we got to see it from high up on Toaca peak in the Ceahlău Mountains and we loved it, but I can tell you it’s as beautiful from down here too! 🙂

Bicaz Lake
Bicaz Lake
Bicaz Lake – seen from Toaca peak in the Ceahlău Mountains. The bridge in the background can be seen closer in the image below.
bridge towards Vatra Dornei & Toplița. Seen from up in the mountains in the picture above.

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