Lake dwelling in an alpine settlement
Lacul Roșu is the largest barrier lake, in the Eastern Carpathians chain in Harghita County. The name of "Lacul Roșu" comes from the reddish alluvia deposited in the lake by the Red Creek.
The lake falls within the jurisdiction of the municipality of Gheorgheni.It was formed in 1837, after a landslide blocked the Bicaz Valley. It is about 93 m deep and covers about 12.01 hectares.
The Red Lake is also known as “The Killer Lake”, partly because of the reddish, blood-like color lent by the sediments carried by the river supplying it with water, and partly due to the legend saying that, at the time the mountain collapsed and formed the dam, a shepherd, and his sheep were caught underneath. The forest caught at the bottom of the lake remained standing and became petrified over time so that today the black spruce trunks jutting out of the water look like tombstones