Skadar Lake Nature Park – Montenegro

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Skadar Lake occupies the Zeta-Skadar Basin.
Lake Skadar Nature Park
Skadar Lake Nature Park

Skadar Lake is a unique nature park in Montenegro. Skadar Lake is the largest fresh water reservoir in the southern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Skadar Lake is huge: 43 km long and 25 km wide. The area of ​​the water surface of Lake Skadar is 391 sq. km. The average length of the shores of Lake Skadar in Montenegro is 110 km. The length of the coastline available for tourism development is just over 5 km.

Shoreline by the lakenot even, rugged. Skadar Lake hides behind the Dinaric Highlands and is fed by the water resources of six rivers (the largest is the Moraca River). Skadar Lake is connected via the Buna River with the Adriatic Sea. Skadar Lake renews its waters twice a year. In summer, the water in the lake warms up to a temperature of +27 C. The water in the Skadar Lake is flowing.

Lake Skadar Nature Park
Skadar Lake Nature Park

The owners of Lake Skadar are Montenegro and Albania:

  • Montenegro owns 2/3 of the lake with fifty islands;
  • Albania departs 1/3 of the Skadar Lake. Albanians call it Shkoder.

The area around Skadar Lake is called “Chrmnichno Pole”. Ukleyka is a unique fish from Skadar Lake. Thickets of green glossy large leaves, white lilies and yellow water lilies cover the water surface of the lake in places. Skadar Lake is a reservoir for 250 species of birds and 40 species of fish. Exploration of the fauna and flora of Lake Skadar, its ancient architectural structures, monasteries and medieval fortresses delight tourists.

Lake Skadar Nature Park
Skadar Lake Nature Park

Sights of Skadar Lake

The sights of Lake Skadar greet tourists like a magical world of turquoise with islands-streaked from gray granite, like the petrified tears of the “Goddess of Heaven”.

The entry-exit channel of boats and boats into the “Big Water” of Lake Skadar is a whole field of water lilies.

Old operating monasteries: Kom, Beshka, Starchevo (XIV century), Obod, Morachnik. Today there are no more than 10 of them.

The islands of Lake Skadar are the beauty of untouched nature and historical monuments:

Lake Skadar Nature Park
Skadar Lake Nature Park
  • Vranin Island in the Moraca delta has preserved the Temple of St. Nicholas;
  • The first prison in Montenegro on the island of Grmozur;
  • The dilapidated Lesendro fortress on one of the islands of Lake Skadar.

Zabljak Fortress (XV century) – the first capital of Montenegro. It was captured by the Turks, and the Montenegrins were pushed back to Mount Lovcen, where the ancient capital of Montenegro, the town of Cetinje, was founded.

Lake Skadar Nature Park
Skadar Lake Nature Park

Peshacac beach and Murica beach.

Underground springs are the “eyes of the lake”, accounting for 30% of water renewal.

Besats fortress (15th century) on a hill near the town of Virpazar.

Virpazar is the starting point of 30 excursion routes in the vicinity of Lake Skadar.

Local history museum of Lake Skadar.

Fishing (trout, carp, eel). A daily fishing license is issued in the fishing village of Vranjina. The cost is 5 euros. Fish – picnic on the Skadar Lake.

Lake Skadar Nature Park
Skadar Lake Nature Park

A ride on a rented boat on Skadar Lake. Boat rental 25 euros per hour.

Steep banks and picturesque landscapes. Entrance to the National ParkSkadar Lake” 4 euros.

Swimming in small areas of sandy beaches with warm clean fresh water.

Lake Skadar Nature Park
Skadar Lake Nature Park

Skadar Lake is one of the “calling cards” of Montenegro. Skadar Lake surprises with its beauty, fresh air, spaciousness and picturesqueness of its bays. The small old towns of Karuč, Poselyani, the village of Rijeka Crnojevicha, standing on the river of the same name, allow tourists to get acquainted with the views of real Montenegro and its unplastered stone houses in fishing villages.

Lake Skadar Nature Park
Skadar Lake Nature Park

Skadar Lake – one of the five National Parks of Montenegro who accepted this status in 1983. People come to the National ParkSkadar Lake” with one-day excursions to see and appreciate the beauty of this majestic reservoir, change the noisy environment of large beach resorts and get even more emotional charge from the rest in Montenegro.

The mountains around the reservoir are not high, because Skadar Lake is only 5 meters above sea level. Near the village of Virpazar, the places are very swampy and impress with an abundance of vegetation (southern reed, lake reeds, cattail), waterfowl (cormorants, herons, ducks). The average depth of Lake Skadar is over 6 meters, and the maximum depth is up to 60 meters. The border of Montenegro and Albania runs along the Skadar Lake. A cruise on Skadar Lake closer to the border with Albania takes tourists to the kingdom of the curly pelicans listed in the “Red Book”.

Lake Skadar Nature Park
Skadar Lake Nature Park

The village of Virpazar is the starting point of all water excursions on Skadar Lake. The narrow fairway at the entrance to the open water expanses of Lake Skadar is a romantic field of water lilies.


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