One of the chief highlights of the Lukavica plateau, Kapetanovo Lake, is found at impressive heights of 1,678m and is the largest lake in the area, at 37m deep. During summer, it provides an idyllic spot for a hiking rest or mountain picnic. As a glacial lake, it was formed due to glacial erosion and the melting of ice – though, in local mythology, the lake is rumoured to have been created by fairies.
The legend of Captain’s Lake
In Montegro every lake is followed by a legend. During Ottoman rule, the region was occupied by newcomers and their cattle forcing the indigenous populations to move deeper into the mountains. Back then the area of today’s lake was the property of Captain Musovic who often spent his time there enjoying the beauty of spacious greenish pastures.
Higher in the rocks there was a secret spring that, legend has it, only the fairies could access. Each night, they would let the spring water flow down the mountain so that they could bathe in its waters until dawn. Before sunrise, they would hide away and close the spring source, until one of the fairies forgot to turn off the spring, flooding Captain’s Musovic property. From this point, the fairies moved the spring to lower ground and let water feed the lake ever since.
Kapetanovo Lake is situated in the Lukavica plateau, under peak Stozac (2,141m) and is surrounded by the Moracke Mountain range. A spacious valley with grassy slopes, carpeted in a variety of wild flowers and crowned by peaks, offers some of the most incredible views of the Montenegrin mountain landscape – from Lovcen to Komovi.
Reaching Captain’s Lake
The lake can be accessed from Niksic or Kolasin directions, though the Niksic route is simpler, following the road through Luka Bojovica and Bara Bojovica and accessible by car in just over 1 hour. From Kolasin, there are footpaths from the village of Velje Duboko, though the terrain requires some hiking experience. The hike is approximately 8km long, taking around 2.5 hours to reach Captain’s Lake.