Lake Knappensee is one of the oldest man-made lakes in the Lusatian Lakeland. Its creation commenced in 1945 with the uncontrolled flooding of the Werminghoff I open-cast mine. Swimmers, water sports enthusiasts and long-stay campers have been coming to Lake Knappensee since the 1960s. Surrounded by extensive woodland and heaths, the lake quickly became a popular place of recreation, fondly referred to as the ‘little Baltic Sea’. Since 2014, Lake Knappensee has been closed off for mining reclamation work. The goal is to see non-motorised boats, swimmers and sunbathers return to the lake and its beaches once it is reopened for public use (currently scheduled for 2022). Tourism facilities and accommodation in the area will be restructured based on new plans.
Some sections of the approx. 8km loop trail around the lake cannot be used at present because access has been restricted for geotechnical work.
Facts and figures
- Size of the lake: approx. 284 ha
- Parking available at the former slide park and at the primary school in Gross Särchen
- There are currently no sanitary facilities available at Lake Knappensee
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