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Vlasina Lake

Vlasina Lake is located in the southeast of Serbia, in the municipalities of Surdulica and Crna Trava, some 27 km away from the Corridor 10 - European Motorway E 75 connecting Belgrade and Macedonia, exiting by the town of Vladicin Han. Vlasina Lake is situated some 300 km south of Belgrade, 5 km from the Vlasina dam and 100 meters from the main road connecting border crossings with Bulgaria /Ribarce, 42 km and Strezimirovci, 23 km/. Situated at the altitude of 1213 meters, Vlasina Lake spreads on 16 square km and is the biggest and the highest artificial lake in Serbia. Vlasina lake is about 12 kilometres long and has a maximum width of approximately 3.5 kilometres. Vlasina Lake was formed by construction of the Hydro-power water-dams Vrla I and Vrla II on the place where in the past was mud with reeds and scattered water spots from where the Vlasina River was taking its downfall. Vlasina Lake average depth is 10.5 metres and its maximum depth is 34 metres, near the dam. Vlasina River is considered one of the clearest rivers in Serbia. Vlasina lake covers surface of 15 sq km and its deepest point reaches 35 meters. Vlasina Lake and its surrounding is nominated the Area of extraordinary features that covers surface of 12.740 hectares.

The Vlasina Lake with its water color varying from grey-blue near the coast to dark blue in the middle of the lake, together with the green banks gives special coloring to the landscape. One of the unique feature of Vlasina Lake are floating islands formed by moss and peat from the bottom of the lake. Vlasina lake is surrounded with waved plateau as a green carpet with meadows, pastures and birch, juniper, pine and beech forests which hide the diversity of rare and endemic herbal and animal world, and with the mountain range with clear wells, small rivers with ravines. Mountains of Cemernik and Vardenik and Besna Kobila and Gramada are the highest mountains surrounding the Vlasina Lake, rising up to 1800 meters above sea level. There are more than 400 mountain springs featuring icy-cold potable water in the area of Vlasina Lake. In the thick forests around Vlasina Lake and on meadows covering up to the surrounding mountain peaks you can find precious blueberries, wild straberries, rose hip jelly, basil and other forest products and rare plants. The area of Vlasina lake is characterized with significant cultural monuments and impressive well-preserved customs and ethographic values, such as : monastery in Palja, the church in Bozica, Etno-farm "The Eight Day" Izvor, Klisura, Crna Trava and the tower in Klisura. Summer temperatures of Vlasina Lake reach above +30C, while during winter they drop to -20C with snow cover 1-2 meters thick. During winter Vlasina Lake frozes, what makes a good conditions for ice-skating, sledging or crossing over it. Vlasina Lake is ultimate destination for true nature-lovers and passionate fishermen... The Plateau of Vlasina and Vlasina Lake with its surroundings are proclaimed protected natural wealth and the region of extraordinaty features of the I category.

Photos CD "Moja Srbija" www.turistvodic.info

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