Lake Campotosto is the largest lake in Abruzzo. Tourist usually view it from the peaks of the Alga District and the Gran Sasso, and in summer the lake is a rendez-vous for hobbies like canoeing, windsurfing and picnicking in the open air. Its height of 1313 metres above sea level guarantees a refreshing temperature even at the eight of summer.
Once taken up by marshland and peat bogs, the basin of Campotosto was transformed into a lake during the 30’s and 40’s in order to supply the electric power station of the Vomano valley. The lake extends for 1400 hectares, and together with its 200 hectares of beaches, has been under the protection of the National Nature Reserve since 1984. The creation of the lake has deprived the people in the area of their traditional resource: peat bogs and brick factories.
Nowadays, however, the arrival of visitors attracted by the water, the refreshing temperature, and the naturalistic interest of the area makes up for what was lost fifty years ago. There are several attraction in the area: in winter, the icy surface of the lake offers an unusual spectacle.
In June, a Dog show featuring Abruzzo sheepdogs in held at Campotosto. The road that runs around the lake is excellent for cycling, and in winter it offers short langlauf ski runs. From autumn to spring, the basin is an excellent site for bird watching.