This artificial lake is famous for its intense color and for the surrounding natural landscape, which in summer and autumn offers truly impressive shades of colors.
Known as ‘Place Moulin’, this is the highest altitude arch dam of Europe and can be reached along the regional road leading to Bionaz along the Valpelline. At the entrance of the village a junction can be found: take the road to the left towards the Place Moulin dam and continue straight ahead along the main road until reaching a wall, where some parking spaces are located. Leave the car there and continue on foot for about 4 km along the unpaved road which runs around the entire lake, until reaching the Prarayer village (approximately an hour’s walk).
Place Moulin - Prarayer refuge
The Place Moulin dam is situated in the municipality of Bionaz and can be reached along the Great St Bernardo state road 27 at the Variney junction, where regional road 28 starts and goes up Valpelline. This large artificial lake with jade green waters …
Place Moulin Dam
The upper Bionaz valley’s landscape changed between 1961 and 1965 due to the construction of the enormous Place Moulin dam. The dam create Lake Prarayer, an artificial basin nestled between the mountains. In the background you can see le Petites and les …
Note - this information is not directly connected to the Cammino Balteo path but it is part of the Aosta Valley tourist offer.