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Lake Ohrid, Albania (21/11/2012)

Lake Ohrid, Albania

Lake Ohrid is situated in the southeastern part of Albania, at an altitude of 695 m (2280 ft) above sea level and covering an area of 358 sq. km (138 sq. mi). A third of its area falls within Albanian state borders, with the other portion belonging to Macedonia. It is the deepest lake in the entire Balkan Peninsula, with a maximum depth of 289 m (948 ft).

The lake is approximately four million years old and is renowned for its crystal clear waters. Similar in nature to Lake Baikal and Lake Tanganyika, approximately 200 unique and endemic species can be found in Lake Ohrid, from the tiniest phytoplankton and sestile algae to predatory fish. Visitors should note that the two species of trout in the lake suffer from overfishing, and thus should ensure to purchase fresh fish only from licensed fisherman and adhere to size limits when fishing.

The lake shore reed beds and wetlands provide critical habitat for hundreds of thousands of wintering water birds, including rare and threatened species such as the Dalmatian Pelican, Ferruginous Duck, Swan, Spotted Eagle, and Eastern Imperial Eagle.

Recreational Opportunities

The 30 km (19 mi) of the Albanian Lake Ohrid shoreline include areas of interest for all tourists, such as the towns of Lin, Pojska, Pogradec, and Tushemisht. Suggested activities include sun bathing, swimming, speed boating, scuba diving, water skiing, and fishing. In addition to the hotels along the lake shores, the area is known for family hospitality, particularly in the Tushemisht area.


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