The largest natural permanent lake in Slovenia with many possibilities for activities.
Lake Bohinj is located in a glacially formed lake basin and holds almost 100 million cubic metres of water. According to an old Bohinj joke, only one bucket if the bucket is big enough. The lake basin, which descends steeply, is not indented and is almost without shallows. The lake warms up to 24°C at the surface in summer and often freezes in winter. Water levels rise by more than 3 m during heavy rainfall.
Lake Bohinj in figures
water level altitude: 526 m
length of the lake: 4100 m
maximum width: 1200 m
Water quantity: 92.5 million cubic metres
maximum depth: 45 m
lake area: 318 ha
length of the lake shore: 11.35 km
Interesting facts about Lake Bohinj
- at the end of the last glaciation, Lake Bohinj was about 18 m higher (extending to Stara Fužina)
- only one tenth of Lake Bohinj is shallower than 10 m and 80% is deeper than 20 m, 20% even deeper than 40 m
- between the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Pod Skalco event space is a deposit of lacustrine chalk
- south of the church of the Holy Spirit is one of the few quartz porphyry deposits in the Julian Alps
- Lake Bohinj is home to 53 species of planktonic algae, around 60 species of invertebrate fauna and at least 16 species of fish.
- the second shortest river in Slovenia, the Jezernica, flows out of Lake Bohinj and from its confluence with the Mostnica (100 m from the bridge) is called the Sava Bohinjka river
Lake Bohinj and activities
Lake Bohinj is suitable for water activities in all seasons. In the warmer months, you can swim, ride a boat, surf, kayak or canoe, fish and snorkel. You can enjoy a wonderful panoramic boat ride or just a relaxing stroll along its shores.
In winter, the lake sometimes (although less and less often) offers ice-skating (please take care and skate at your own risk!).