Cerknica Lake, Cerknica

#7 of 15 in Nature in Slovenian Littoral Region
Lake Cerknica is an intermittent lake in the southern part of the Cerknica Polje, a karst polje in Inner Carniola, a region in southwestern Slovenia. The lake, oriented in the Dinaric direction from northwest to southeast, is present for the most part of the year. When full, it is the largest lake in the country. The plain is surrounded by the Javornik Hills (1268m) to the south and Slivnica (1022m) to the north, both belonging to Dinaric Alps. The area of the lake mainly reaches, but can reach up to 38km2 and the surface level varies from 546m to 551m above sea level. The lake is an important wildlife resort, especially as a nesting place for many bird species. Botanically, it is distinguished by amphibious plants. It is therefore a part of two Natura 2000 areas of protection and the focus of the Inner Carniola Regional Park, which covers additional Natura 2000 areas in the broader region. The climate in the area is continental, with a mean temperature of and the annual precipitation about. The largest settlement at the border of the lake is Cerknica, located north of the lake. Various watersports, including windsurfing, are popular on the lake.
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  • Whilst not the most beautiful without water, walking around the sink holes and imagining the size of it when full was amazing. Glad we stopped at the tourist info in Cerknica where we heard about why ...  more »
  • The lake is mostly dry with only a few places left under water. Despite this has been very pretty. Many birds are still present, including black storks. Worth a visit.
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  • My place to go to escape, relax and just be. Exceptional in every season and never the same.
  • Sometimes too many cars driving on road over the lake so it's hard to relax
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