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Lakes - Aquatic Havens

Triglav Lake

Although fairly rare, lakes are a very attractive element in the make-up of this nation's landscape. Natural lakes are primarily found in Alpine Slovenia. Of all Slovenia's natural lakes, the Triglav Lakes (Triglavska jezera) attract much attention and the Valley of Triglav Lakes is one of the most frequently visited natural attractions inside the Triglav National Park . Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko jezero), locked in a glaciated valley between summits of Vogel and Pršivec, is the deepest and largest permanent natural lake in Slovenia. It covers an area of 3.13 km2, has a maximum depth of 44.5 m and measures 4,100 m by 1,200 m.

 

Lake Bled (Blejsko jezero) is one of the best known symbols of the Slovene landscape. Because there are so many attractive natural sights packed in this relatively small area, the development of tourism began very early on here.

 

The most interesting karstic lakes are both intermittent and seasonal, and there are 25 such "polje" lakes in the Notranjska region alone. The internationally celebrated Cerknica Lake (Cerkniško jezero) is a typically lavish example of a large and cyclical karstic lake, described some 300 years ago.

 

 

 


Lake Bohinj /Photo: Marjan Garbajs

Lake Bohinj

 

 

Lake Bohinj, locked in a glaciated valley between summits of Vogel and Pršivec, is the deepest and largest permanent natural lake in Slovenia.

 

Lake Bohinj is relatively cold, having a mean annual temperature of 8,5 C, though in July the temperatures rise to 17 C, thus ensuring that the warmer water near the shore is suitable for swimming. Boating and other serene water sports appropriate to the protected Triglav National Park, including fishing, are also a big attraction. The lake hosts numerous species of fish, amongst which lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, eelpout, lake char and cyprinids are of interest to the angler.

 

 


Lake Bled

Lake Bled

 

 

It is one of the best known symbols of the Slovene landscape. The lake itself measures 2,120 m by 1,080 m, is some 30 metres deep and covers an area of 1.47 km2 . The charm of this typical alpine lake is enhanced by the Bled Island with its church, as well as Bled Castle, perched on a picturesque rock which rises high above the lake's eastern shore.

 

Even though it freezes over winter, Lake Bled  is very warm in summer. Its mean annual temperature is 12 C whilst the average July temperature is 21.5 C, it is, therefore, eminently suitable for swimming and attracts boating parties.

 

 

 

 

 


Cerknica Lake /Photo: Bogdan Kladnik

Cerknica Lake

 

 

The internationally celebrated Cerknica Lake is a typically lavish example of a large and cyclical karstic lake.

 

Because of its peculiarities, this lake has been something of a mecca for scholars and scientists since the Renaissance. Its renown was furthered in the 17th Century through the chronicles of Slovene historian and polymath Janez Vajkard Valvasor. Cerknica is the largest karstic polje in Slovenia and when full, the nation's biggest lake, measuring some 25 km2. It is expected that within the future framework of the projected Notranjska Park, Cerknica will become a minor tourist attraction, featuring swimming, boating, hunting and fishing.

 

 

 

Abstract from the book "Vode v Sloveniji" / "Waters of Slovenia", text by Dr Dušan Plut, photographs by Matevž Lenarčič, (Nazarje): EPSI, 1995