In future, Lake Sedlitz will play a crucial role in the navigable network of lakes at the heart of the Lusatian Lakeland, with three canal links to neighbouring lakes. The flooding of the former Sedlitz open-cast mine has been in progress since 2005 and is expected to continue beyond 2023. Eventually, it will become the region’s largest man-made lake.
Lake Sedlitz cannot be used for water tourism yet.
The areas around the shoreline are undergoing a transformation. At Lieske beach, a big car park, which has been remodelled with motorhome bays and sanitary facilities, is great place for a stopover on the lakefront. Development work is under way on the shores and plans for the coming years include the creation of a jetty for boats, a swimming beach and a playground. On the beach, an exhibition provides fascinating insights into the history of the lignite mining industry and the emergence of the Lusatian Lakeland. It is open for visitors during high season. The northern lakeshore is the only major development site in the Lusatian Lakeland that has been set aside for a waterside business park. Further plans for the lake include the construction of the Sedlitz lagoon village.
The Ilse Canal between Lake Sedlitz and neighbouring Lake Grossräschen was completed in 2014. However, it will only become navigable as a waterway once both lakes have reached their target water levels. Part of the canal is a tunnel that will allow ships to pass underneath several roads and railway tracks. A tunnel for pedestrians and cyclists runs parallel to it on land and is free to use.
The Rostiger Nagel (rusty nail) viewing tower at the mouth of the Sorno Canal is also worth a visit. From the top of the tower, you can enjoy panoramic views of Lake Sedlitz and three other major lakes.
Facts and figures
- Size of the lake: 1,404 ha
- Parking and sanitary facilities available in Lieske and at the Rostiger Nagel viewing tower
Leisure facilities and activities
- Rostiger Nagel landmark and viewing tower on the Sorno Canal
- Floating pier near the viewing tower
- Exhibition on mining reclamation work in Lieske
- 22km loop trail around the lake, running through the town of Senftenberg on the southern side
Food and drink around Lake Sedlitz
- Snack bar at Rostiger Nagel on the Sorno Canal
- Snack bar in Lieske
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