Trnovačko lake is the mountain heart of Maglić, Volujak, Bioč and Trnovački Durmitor!

Heart-shaped lakes, although a phenomenon we may never fully understand, aren’t as surprising anymore. Similar kinds can be found on every corner of the planet, and while some are more accessible than others, most end up being admired only through a screen.

In the Adria region, there are three of these, often referred to as love lakes. In Slovenia it is Planšar Lake, in Croatia it is Šmit’s Lake, and in Montenegro, Trnovačko Lake, which we will discuss more today.



Trnovacko Lake, Photo: Budzak2, CC BY-SA 4.0


Situated in the northern part of Montenegro, at the very mountain border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and close to the settlements of Mratinje and Stubica, Trnovačko Lake, also known as the Montenegrin Heart-shaped Lake, is cradled in the embrace of the Maglić, Volujak, Bioč, and Trnovački Durmitor mountains. At an altitude of 1517 meters, in the beautiful dense forest valley, the lake is spreading 800 meters in length, and 700 meters in width, and reaches a depth of 9 meters.

Believed to be a type of glacial lake and fed by various mountain springs, Trnovačko Lake is just one of several lakes within this mountain range, including the larger and smaller Staban Lake and Mratinje Lake.


Trnovacko Lake, Photo: Nigel Hoult CC BY 2.0


During the winter, when temperatures in the mountain range plummet, the lake enters a frozen state. With the arrival of spring and milder temperatures, the lake thaws, attracting numerous nature enthusiasts, hiking lovers, and curious spectators. However, if you plan to swim in it, the summer months are more suitable, providing a refreshing experience after a several-kilometer-long walk.

It’s in summer that most people visit the lake and enjoy camping, swimming and occasional fishing.


Trnovacko lake, Photo Dingoa, CC BY-SA 3.0


Various suggestions exist on how to reach Trnovačko Lake. Some recommend approaching from Bosnia and Herzegovina, as the journey can be shortened with vehicles, reducing the hike to a mere 5 kilometers from Prijevor.

Alternatively, from the Montenegrin side, access is possible from Mratinje, involving a crossing over the Maglić Mountains, and from Plužine which involves crossing the Bioć Mountains. Those paths are considered very challenging and not recommended.


Trnovacko Lake, Photo: Damnjanovic Pixabay


Renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, Trnovačko Lake captivates visitors with its captivating hues ranging from turquoise to green, creating a breathtaking spectacle from various vantage points. A visit to this serene destination is a luxurious escape into the embrace of nature and the invigorating freshness of the air.

And for the end, check out how it looks in fall when the magical colors of nature overtake.




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