Lovers Lake is a small lake a recreation area in Anle District of Keelung City. It has some easy trails, bridges, and a tower that looks over the area. The lake trails also connect to Dawulun Fort. Overall it is a nice scenic spot for a day trip in Northern Taiwan.
The name "Lovers Lake" comes from the fact that there are actually two lakes, one larger and one smaller, so they are a like a couple in love.
The sandstone that forms the area was created between 10 and 20 million years ago, and was pushed out of the sea along with northern Taiwan thousands of years ago.
In the past the area was run by a private company, which went out of business. Recently the Keelung City government has taken over control, and has installed a trail that circles the lake.
There is also a suspension bridge, windmill, and stone tower overlooking the lake.
Nearby you can hike to Dawulun Fort or Eagle Rock that provide great views of the north coast.
Currently the lake is popular with hikers and intagrammers, as well as wedding photographers. On the weekends it can get quite busy and parking can be hard to find.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: Take provincial highway northwest out of Keelung, and take a right on Jijin First Road toward Keelung Chang Kung Hospital. The Lover's lake parking lot is at the top of the hill before the road turns into one lane. There is limited parking, and you may have to park further away. The trail is not wheelchair or stroller friendly.
However there is always plenty of scooter parking.
By bus: Unfortunately there are no buses that directly get there, so you will have to walk from provincial highway 2, or take a taxi.
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I have been to Lover's lake once in August 2020. There were nice views, but to be honest the trail around the lake was a bit of a let down due to construction going on. Hopefully after the construction is over it will be a much better place to visit.
Check out our drone video above for an overview of the area.
Or check out the 360 degree spherical panorama above.
We visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon in August via car, and the parking lot was already full. So we drove further up the mountain road and parked on the side of the road.
View of Keelung from the parking lot.
Picnic tables nearby, but with no shade.
There is a random train at the park, for reasons I do not know. There was never a railway going through this area.
I think they just wanted to put random objects in this park to attract Instagramers.
You can see there is a deceivingly wide and flat trail to the lake, but the trail gets really steep and the trail eventually becomes steps.
It looks like they are extending a flat part of the trail to the left. But to the right the trail goes up and down steps and around the pond.
View of the suspension bridge from one of the lookouts on the lake.
Another view from one of the lookouts.
The trail around the lake includes steep steps like this.
A sign explaining the land forms and geology of Lover's Lake. The rocks that form the valley and mountains here formed around 15 million years ago, by the uplift of sedimentary rocks.
Lover's Lake Suspension Bridge 情人湖吊橋
Only 15 people are allowed on the bridge at a time.
The other side of the bridge was blocked and under construction, but it looked like the trail on the other side was nicer and more flat.
View of the lake from the brige.
View from the other side of the bridge.
View of the lake via drone. I forgot to mention, there are bathrooms near the entrance, but they were still under construction when we went there, so we had to use one of the port-o-potties.
View of lover's tower, which is about a half hour hike through the woods from the parking lot.
View of the tower further up the trail from Dawulun Fort. There is a trail the leads to the mountain in the foreground to Eagle Rock, which has great views of the northern coast.
View of Keelung via drone.
Sunbeams over the lake as seen by drone.
After you hike up to Lover's Lake, its another steep hike up to Dawulun Fort.
After circling around the fort, you can go back the way you came or walk back down the asphalt road. Stay tuned for our blog on this fort next week.
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