Lakes

Protected and specially landscaped lakes

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Цириш

This nature park protects the landscapes of the Latgale highlands. Of importance here are Lake Ruskulis and Lake Cīrītis with its eight islands, along with the forests of the area. An ancient castle hill is on one of the islands in Lake Cīrītis – the Upursala island. There and on the Oši island, specialists have found more than 250 species of plants.

Nature park Distance from countries capital city230
FishingCross-country skiingBoat tourBicycle trailNature trailNature watching
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Tosmare

At the centre of this restricted area is the eutrophic Lake Tosmare, a former lagoon from the Littorina Sea. The lake and its surroundings offer protection to many plants and birds. At the southern end of the lake one can spot remnants of the former Liepāja fortification system, and to the West is one of the most important parts of that system – the Fortress canal.

Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city220
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Lake Razna

Lake Rāzna (57,8 m2) is often called the sea of Latgale. It is the biggest lake in Latvia. Rāzna is situated on the hill Rāznava. You should see beautiful landscapes, high peaks and Latgalian castle hills. Enjoy the recreation places beside the lake, the National park of Rāzna and its surroundings. The place is included in the European Union network of protected areas NATURA 2000. The lake has 10 islands and two gulfs. The level of the water reaches 163.8m.
Distance from countries capital city263
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Engures ezers

The shallow and mostly overgrown (65% of its surface) Lake Engure is one of those Latvian lakes which are most favoured by birds. It is a location which is governed by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and 186 species of nesting birds have been identified there. The area is also distinguished by great botanical diversity (more than 800 kinds of plants). The coastline varies between sandy beaches and seashore meadows. There are forests, fishing villages and damp areas which ensure a great diversity in landscapes and species. The flood-land plains of the lake and the sea are grazing grounds for wild livestock – horses, blue cows, etc. Several bird-watching towers are open to visitors, as is the Orchid trail. The Centre for Ornithological Research is located on the eastern bank of Lake Engure. A unique floating house built by ornithologists is located on the lake. The territory is appropriate not just for holiday-makers, but also for hikers, bicyclists and bird-watchers. A leisure area and a small exhibition are located close to the ornithological research centre.

Nature park Distance from countries capital city90
FishingBoatsTour guide servicesBicycle trailPicnick areaNature trailNature watching
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Pildas ezers

Dabas liegums veidots ezera, tā salu, ainavas, augu, putnu un sikspārņu aizsardzībai. Liegumu var apskatīt "no malas" - no ceļa, kas iet gar tā ziemeļu un ziemeļaustrumu robežu.
Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city280
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Jumurdas ezers

This restricted area protects Lake Jumurda, which is in the central part of the Vidzeme highlands, along with its three islands, the local broadleaf forests, and the surrounding landscapes.
Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city110
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Jasas - Bicanu ezers

Līčiem, pussalām un salām bagāts ezers ar izrobotu krasta līniju, kas savienots ar Zvejnieku un tālāk - citiem Latgales augstienes ezeriem. Ozolu un platlapju meži, kas aug uz ezera salām un pussalās ir ne tikai aizsargājami, bet arī Latvijas mērogā nozīmīgi biotopi. Tiesa, to vērtību apzināsies tikai vides speciālisti. No Jašas ezera var uzsākt laivu braucienu pa vienu no Latgales ezeru "kēdēm". Ezera austrumu krastā atrodas Geļenovas parks.
Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city215
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Kapu ezers

Viens no dažiem Latvijas dzidrūdens ezeriem. Apskatāms no Lubānas - Ļaudonas ceļa malas pie Visagala. Lai saudzētu šo ezeru, tajā esošos aizsargājamos biotopus un sugas, ūdenstilpē nevajadzētu peldēties lielām cilvēku masām un pieļaut cilvēka darbības produktu nonākšanu ezerā.
Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city200
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Babites ezers

A shallow, eutrophic (more than 60% coverage), lagoon-type lake, which is a restricted area to protect the overgrowing lake and the damp meadows which surround it. There are some 60 species of nesting birds in the area. The system of dams on the southern shore of the lake can be used by visitors to look at the area.
Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city20
FishingBoatsNature watching
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Lake Sloka (Slocene)

This is a comparatively large lake (3 km long and 1.3 km wide).  It is shallow (no more than 1.1 m deep) and is classified as a seashore lake.  The Vecslocene River flows through it.  At the southern end, there is a narrow stream which connects Lake Sloka with Aklo Lake – a shallow and small lake with a dolomite bed at some locations.  The best view of Lake Sloka can be seen from the bird watching tower on its north-western shore.  This is the only floating bird watching tower in Latvia.  Alongside it is the beginning of the 3 km Lake Sloka hiking trail, which passes through the flooded wetlands of the lower reaches of the Vēršupīte.  An information stand can be found on the shore of Lake Sloka by the car park.  Beyond it is a sulphurous spring.

Distance from countries capital city44
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Tasu ezers

Nature restricted area surrounds Tasu Lake and swampy shores of it in a narrow band. The territory was established to protect rare nesting and migratory birds. The territory is easily overseen from the narrow gravel roads all around the area not entering the actual protected area. Tasu Manor house is located to the South of nature restricted area.
Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city230
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Каниерис

Kaņieris is a seriously overgrown and shallow seaside lake. Its water level was adjusted several times during the 20th century so as to obtain agricultural lands. The lake has 14 islands, among which nine are natural and the rest are artificial and aimed at attracting nesting water birds. Lake Kaņieris has one of the richest diversities of birds in Latvia. An ornithological nature reserve was established here in 1964. In 1989, the lake was placed on the list of major birding locations in Europe, and in 1995 it was put on the list of the Ramsar Convention. At the south­eastern shore of the lake is a boating facility (only rented boats are permitted on the lake). A bird-watching tower was erected on the Riekstu peninsula in 2009
Distance from countries capital city47
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Dvietes Ezers

Dvietes un netāli esošais Skuķu ezeri ir vieni no teritorijas grūti pieejamajiem palieņu ezeriem – lielākie šāda tipa ezeri Latvijā. Palu laikā pārplūst, savienojoties vienā lielā ūdenskrātuvē.
Distance from countries capital city201
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Lake Ezezers

Also known as Lake Jēsis or Lake Iesis, this is the lake in Latvia which has the largest number of islands.  Many literary sources and encyclopaedias in the 20th century claimed that there were 69 islands in the lake, but that was an exaggeration, because apparently the authors took sandbars overgrown with reeds and other plants to be islands.  The true number is approximately two times lesser.  The largest number of islands can be found in the north-eastern part of the lake.  The largest one is Lielā Lāča (Big Bear) Island (45 ha).  A farm was on the island at one time.  The islands and the oak trees that are on the shores of the lake – the Piļoru and Pahatnīku stands of trees – are in a restricted environmental reserve.

Distance from countries capital city284
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The Lake Lubans, wetland of Lubans

The Lake Lubāns, wetland of Lubāns. Lubāns (80.7 km2) is the largest lake in Latvia and the most popular lake and wetland in Europe. The lake and the wetland has biodiversity; a unique place not only in Latvia, but also internationally. Nature Reserve is included in the European Union network of protected areas and NATURA 2000 under the Ramsar Convention criteria as the wetland of international importance. Lubāns wetland, called marshy meadows, includes bogs, wet meadows and wet forests. In autumn and spring the lake attracts thousands of migratory waterfowl which is easily to wach from the bird observation towers or the terrace of water tourism development center.
Distance from countries capital city125
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Inesis

Ļoti ainavisks ezers, uz kuru paveras lieliskas ainas no Vidzemes augstienes pauguriem. Te jāatceras latviešu teika par Ineša un Alauksta strīdu, kā rezultātā Inesis dabūja pliķus – salas, kurām (sešām) tāpat kā Sproģu pussalai ir dabas lieguma statuss.

Distance from countries capital city133
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Asunes ezers

Dabas liegumā ietilpst divi aizauguši ezeri ar grūti pieejamiem krastiem - Lielais un Mazais Asūnes ezers, kas atrodas dienvidos no Asūnes ciema. Abus ezerus var vērot, atrodoties ārpus lieguma teritorijas - no blakus esošo pauguru augstākajām daļām, kas atrodas austrumos no abiem ezeriem. Ja līdzi būs paņemts tālskatis, iespējams, izdosies iztālēm novērot šeit esošās aizsargājamās putnu sugas, piemēram, melno zīriņu.

Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city310
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Pinku ezers

It is rare type of lake in Latvia and there are only of few this type of lakes in Kurzeme region. The lake is characterized by high water limpidness (very attractive for tourists) and very rare plant species for Latvia. Nature park includes the lake, costal area and forest on the East from the lake, few smaller lakes and Sarlote Pond. There are several tourist accommodations located around the lake.
Nature park Distance from countries capital city180
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Lake Liepaja

Lake Liepāja is shallow and eutrophic (around 40%), and it is one of the most important lakes on the shores of the Baltic Sea for nesting and migrating birds (resting and feeding place). More than 100 different species of birds have been spotted there. The lake is no less important for plants which flourish in salty biotopes. On the north-eastern shore of Lake Liepāja (Vītiņu meadow) there are flood-land plains which are the home to domestic animals which have been adapted to life in the wild. There is also a viewing tower, available upon request with the guide. The system of dams along the south-western part of the lake can be hiked or biked (extreme!) to find lots of interesting viewing areas and landscapes. In the surrounding of the lake there are ruins of unique former fortification systems.

Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city215
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Silene

Ar mežiem, purviem un ezeriem (Riču, Sila u.c.) bagāta teritorija Latvijas - Baltkrievijas pierobežā. Galvenās aizsargājamās dabas vērtības - dažāda veida purvu, mežu un ezeru biotopi un tajos mītošās augu un dzīvnieku sugas. Ezeru krastos, kurus iecienījuši vietējie atpūtnieki, atrodas vairākas naktsmītnes. Ilgas muiža (celta 19. gs. kā medību pils) ir Daugavpils Universitātes studentu prakses vieta. Silenes dabas parkā ietilpst arī Glušonkas purva un Ilgas dabas liegumi.
Nature park Distance from countries capital city250
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Lubasts

Aizaudzis un purvains ezers - Ļūbasts, ar grūti pieejamiem vai nepieejamiem krastiem. Dabas vērošanai šobrīd nepiemērota vieta. Galvenās aizsargājamās vērtības - dažādas putnu sugas, t.sk. dzērves un melnie zīriņi.
Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city220
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Lejas ezers

Ķekavas novadā, Daugmales pagastā atrodas jauka atpūtas vieta - Lejas ezers. Ezeram var apiet apkārt, taka nav marķēta un iešana ir pa mazām meža taciņām. Slapjākā laikā taciņas vietām var būt mitras un dubļainas. Pastaiga aizņems aptuveni stundu. Pie ezera ir iekārtotas vairākas piknika vietas.

Distance from countries capital city34
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Ilzina ezers

Ilziņš jeb Vestienas dzirnavezers pazīstams ar nostāstiem par tajā "periodiski uzpeldošām kūdras salām". Saskaņā ar vietējo iedzīvotāju sniegtajām ziņām, minētā parādība gan sen jau vairs nav novērota. Tajā pat laikā ezers un tā apkārtne ir nozīmīga daudzu aizsargājamu biotopu un sugu dzīves vieta. Ezers ietilpst Vestienas aizsargājamo ainavu apvidū. Ezeru var redzēt, braucot pa Ērgļu - Gaiziņkalna ceļu. Var pakāpties arī blakus esošajā paugurā (ziemeļos no minētā ceļa un ezera), no kura paveras plašāka skatu perspektīva.
Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city120
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Skuku ezers

Skuķu un netāli esošais Dvietes ezeri ir vieni no teritorijas grūti pieejamajiem palieņu ezeriem – lielākie šāda tipa ezeri Latvijā. Palu laikā pārplūst, savienojoties vienā lielā ūdenskrātuvē.
Distance from countries capital city201
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Adamovas ezers

This nature park was established to protect the Burzava hillocks, Lake Adamova (a eutrophic lake), and the habitats and species that are found along the lake’s shores – bats included. The loveliest views of the area can be viewed from the hillocks that are on the northern shore of the lake. There are tourist accommodations on the shores of Lake Adamova where tourists can spend the night.

Nature park Distance from countries capital city260
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Lake Valgums

Lake Valgums is 3 km long and 27 m deep, and it dates back to the last Ice Age.
Distance from countries capital city65
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Medumu ezeraine

Ārkārtīgi ainaviska teritorija Augšzemes augstienes centrālajā daļā ar vairākiem ezeriem - Medumu, Lielo un Mazo Ilgas, Šķirsteņu un dažām mazākām ūdenstilpēm. Medumu ezera salām ir dabas lieguma statuss. Teritoriju šķērso vairāki grantēti ceļi, no kuriem dažviet paveras brīnišķīgas, bet nelabiekārtotas skatu vietas. Teritorijā atrodas Medumu katoļu baznīca. Piemērota teritorija dažādu aktīvā tūrisma veidu attīstībai. Dabas parks ietilpst Augšzemes aizsargājamo ainavu apvidū.

Nature park Distance from countries capital city240
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Dzilezers un Riebezers

These two lakes, along with Lake Mazezers, Lake Auziņš, Lake Skuja and Lake Bruņķītis, are found in a sub-glacial depression with shores and hillsides that are home to various kinds of forest, including stands of broadband trees such as ash. These are protected habitats. Alongside the Priedītes homestead there is a well-appointed nature trail for visitors who wish to study Lake Dziļezers and its surroundings. A boating facility is on the north-eastern shore of the Lake.
Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city90
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Dridza ezers

This nature park is located in the most distinct part of the Dagda hillocks of the Latgale highlands. Part of it is the deepest lake in the Baltic States -- Lake Drīdzis, which is 63.1 metres deep and has nine islands. Also there is Lake Otis. The loveliest views can be watched from the ancient Lettigalian castle hill that is known as Sauleskalns, and from the eastern shores of Lake Drīdzis. Accommodations are available near the lake.

Nature park Distance from countries capital city280
BBQPlace for tents FishingBoatsBicyclesSports groundFishing equipment rentalFootball fieldFacilities  appropriate for childrenCross-country skiingGolfingNature watching
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Dunezers

The main “treasure” in this restricted area is the shallow and eutrophic lake, which is home to many important birds. The lake and its flood-land meadows also feature many different plants. The Svētupe River flows from the northern part of the lake.
Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city90
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Zebrus un Svetes ezers

This area protects the landscape of the Lielauce hillocks, which are a part of the Eastern Kurzeme highlands. Lake Zebrus and Lake Svēte are in this territory. On the north-eastern shore of Lake Zebrus one can see the Ezerlūķi castle hill. On the eastern shore of the lake is a boating area, along with a viewing tower and a set of information about the area. The territory includes protected biotopes such as stream swamps and swampy forests, along with protected birds and species of bat.

Nature reserve Distance from countries capital city90
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Lake Salajs and Lake Little Solojs

Lake Salājs is full of bays and islands.  Alongside Lake Little Solojs, which is next to Lake Salājs, is the Milka castle hill and a leisure facility there.  This is a beautiful area, and it is protected for environmental purposes.

Distance from countries capital city273