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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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