© Lac d'Allos | Philippe Murtas Photographe

Allos Lake

Immensity of a mountain lake in the heart of the Mercantour peaks. Immediate effect!
We are speechless in front of this exceptional panorama of the Alps. The Allos lake is the largest natural high altitude lake in Europe.
Nestled at an altitude of 2,230 meters in a magnificent natural setting, it is at the heart of one of the most prestigious national parks in France: the Mercantour.

The magic operates in all seasons

At the end of October, the alpine atmosphere is extraordinary.
The larch are turning golden and the last marmots will soon fall asleep for the winter.
But to discover the immaculate white Allos lake , we advise you to contact the mountain guides.


Did you know ?

This glacial lake extends over 60 ha and has a depth of up to 50 m. Its deep blue color is due to its infertile, oxygen-poor cold water.



A peaceful and rejuvenating place

“A truly magnificent place. We parked in the paid parking lot, there is a 45 minute walk. The place is restful, rejuvenating. It takes about an hour to go around the lake. We unfortunately did not see any groundhogs near the lake because they are hiding with people.  I could see one a little out of the way on a rock.”

To do
“What a beautiful place !!! not to be missed! You have to do it in the morning. To park in the Laus car park, 8 euros. Allow 45 minutes to climb to reach the lake and an hour (flat) to go around. We take full eyes !! Accessible to children, we see a lot of marmots.”

unmissable in the region

“Peaceful setting, only 45min from the car park and above all we take in the view!

Place to respect…”

A landscape of legend and history

The story goes that in the middle of the lake there is a stone on which is inscribed the sentence:
“Quouro mi veyras, plouraras.” When you see me you will cry.
On the shores of the lake was built a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, invoked under the name of Our Lady of the Mountains.

3 good reasons to come early


Avoid the sticky attitude of flies.

Observe theWild animals !

You will have more chance to cross them.

Find a placeParking available!

The Laus car park has limited and paid spaces in July and August.

Further information

For people with reduced mobility, a toy is available upon reservation at the Colmars-les-Alpes tourist information office.

The lake is only accessible on foot.  Access to the Laus car park, the closest to the lake, is chargeable and regulated. It is accessed by a mountain road.

See prices and opening hours

This car park is not accessible for motorhomes and vehicles over 2.10 m high.

See specific regulations

If the parking lot is full, you will have to wait for spaces to become available.

You can park for free in the Cluite car park, a little lower down, but the lake will then be a 4 hour walk A / R.

No shuttle serves Lake Allos. It is possible to order a taxi.

As in all National Parks of France, pets are prohibited.
This exceptional environment is extremely fragile, be sure to respect the regulations of the National Parks.

Be careful, little kids are not allowed to bathe in the lake, which is very cold!

Find maps and guides at the Verdon Tourisme tourist information offices.

Access by stroller is complicated and requires a port, provide a baby carrier. You are over 2000m above sea level, remember to protect yourself from the sun and make sure you plan to cover yourself up if the weather changes.

Provide sufficient water.

Even if this walk is easy, wearing walking shoes is essential.

Remember to take your binoculars.

Dry toilets are installed in the Laus car park and near the refuge.

Want to come back?

Why not a night in a refuge to contemplate the starry vault as a screen and the towers of the lake which light up at sunrise.
You will have the impression of being away much longer and your children will feel like real little adventurers.