Crno Jezero (Black Lake) Trail, Durmitor National Park, Montenegro - Part 1

Crno Jezero (Black Lake) is a lake in the Municipality of Žabljak in northern Montenegro. It is a glacial lake, located on Mount Durmitor, at an elevation of 1,416 m. It is 3 km from the town of Žabljak.

The Black Lake lies at the foot of Međed Peak and has an area of 0.515 square km. The lake consists of two smaller lakes: Big Lake ( Veliko jezero ) and Little Lake ( Malo jezero ). The lakes are connected by a narrow strait that dries up during the summer, creating two separate bodies of water.

  • Big Lake has an area of 0.338 square km, maximum depth of 24.5 m, maximum length of 855 m, and maximum width of 615 m.
  • Little Lake has an area of 0.177 square km, maximum depth of 49.1 m, maximum length of 605 m, and maximum width around 400 m.

The maximum length of Black Lake is 1,155 m. Little Lake actually has a greater volume because it is deeper.

Black Lake is filled by numerous mountain streams, the best known being Mlin Creek. Other streams have no name because they appear periodically, when snow from Mount Durmitor is melting.

Crno Jezero lake trail map.

Access the lake via the path through the barrier past this pay booth off Put za Crno Jezero road.

Arrive at the lake in about half a mile.

We’ll walk the lake trail in an anitclockwise direction starting along the shoreline.

Picking up the trail path on the North North West side of the lake.

Note the friendly puppy we picked up by my feet.

Path meanders inland a little through the woodland. Information points along the route.


Left at the fork takes you to the narrow section between the lakes. We’ll head on to the right.

Lots of exposed tree roots. Watch your step.

More information.

Continue to part 2

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