Cerknica Lake, Cerknica

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#8 of 16 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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  • This is a great experience to drive all the way round, but the bulk of it is on dirt roads and forest, so a 4x4 is preferable! Lovely remote villages and wildlife. Note: no access on roads Sundays, bu...  more »
  • A huge amount of locals are driving like very fast on a unpaved road. They are also riding atvs around the protected lakes which makes the birds escaping this area.  more »
  • Difficult to be aware of the particularity of the site, he should see it filled and empty, it's a very nice place however for to valader, the place is beautiful and natural
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  • Great place for birdwatching and riding a bike. Relaxing, not so crowded in summer because the lake almost dries out. Spring is much better. Also, a few good gostilne scattered around the area and nice apartments to rent. Fishing looks promising but i don't know if it's allowed...
  • Beautiful lake, interesting to see in any part of the year.
  • Great place for paddle boarding! Awesome! Just keep in mind this lake isn't always a lake... During summer it's dry. 🙂
  • Nice lake for a short walk. In fact I was expected more.
  • Interesting lake. Well preserved.
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