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Cerknica Lake, Cerknica

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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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  • Lake Cerknica (Cerkniško jezero) is an intermittent lake in southwestern Slovenia. The lake is present for the most part of the year and when full, it is the largest lake in the country and one of the...  more »
  • It's really worth to read into this lake before you visit, you don't want to miss out on the romantic legends and the interesting phenonomens in and around the lake. To me this is one of those places ...  more »
  • Will it be meadow or a lake? It depends on a season. Rainy season is time of water and you can row there. In winter, cold winter, you can use your ice skates. During summer and dry season you can walk...  more »
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  • Also known as disappearing lake, Cerknica lake fills up after rain seasons and disappears during dry season, so every time you visit it you will come to lake with different size. A great place for people who enjoy nature, especially bird watchers - over 250 species of birds recorded. When it is dry, you can see some interesting sink holes where water disappears to the ground. Possible to rent boats and bikes during weekends. Unfortunately, no public transport available to get you to the lake.
  • It's simple magic place, you must visit it at least 3 times per year to see all the colours that lake can provide for us to see ;) Fascinating!
  • ... The biggest Slovenian Lake, unique in that it is powered by the streams which plunge into the ground, so in the summer the Lake almost completely dries up, causing local fishermen and other enthusiasts baskets catch the fish and transfer them in the southern part, where there is more water.
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  • Poorly maintained trail, almost wild. But perhaps it is his buddy. On a beautiful sunny day on the whole Lake is very cute.
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  • Wonder of nature
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