Gosselsdorfer See, Carinthia, Austria

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Austria - Carinthia -

Also known as:  Lake Gosselsdorfer, Gosselsdorfer Lake, Gosselsdorfersee

Gosselsdorfer See is a tranquil 79-acre (.32 square kilometer) lake lying within a 476-acre (2 square kilometer) conservation area. Found in the municipality of Eberndorf in southeast Carinthia, Austria, Gosselsdorfer Lake serves as an important migration stop for birds crossing the Karawanken mountain range and provides a peaceful retreat for lake visitors.

Also found under the names Gosselsdorfersee (see = lake), Lake Gosselsdorfer and Gosselsdorfer Lake, the site was declared a conservation area in 1970. An additional 58 acres (23.4 hectares) located south of the lake were added in 1986. Lake Gosselsdorfer is a shallow lake with a maximum depth of 10 feet (3 meters) and average depth of 6 feet (1.9 meters). Gosselsdorfer See receives some inflow from small tributaries, but the majority of its water comes from groundwater. The outflow leaves the lake at the north shore and drains into the river Drava, a tributary of the Danube. Originally this glacially carved lake may have filled 247 acres (1 square kilometer) but is now noted as the most silted lake in Austria’s Carinthian lowlands. Large deposits of sediment along the southern and northern shore now give the lake a marshy appearance. Almost impenetrable reeds and bulrushes line portions of the one-mile shoreline with much of the water’s surface displaying colorful water lilies. The soil’s humic acids turn the water brown adding to the earthy feel of the location.

Eleven species of fish have been identified in the waters of Gosselsdorfer Lake: pike, wels, chub, amur, bream, carp, roach, rudd, tench, bighead carp and perch. If you are interested in fishing the peaceful scene, contact the local authorities for current fishing regulations on Gosselsdorfersee. You will find row boats near the docks at the northwest corner of the lake. Quiet rowing gives visitors close encounters with fluttering butterflies, dragonflies and birds that grace the shoreline. Crested grebe, mallard and reed bunting are only a sample of the waterfowl you may find feeding among the reeds.

Gosselsdorfer Lake habitat serves as an important stop for migratory birds crossing the Karawanken mountain range found along the Austria-Slovenia border south of the lake. Surrounded by high mountains and green meadows, hikers will enjoy the challenge of Nordic walking, mountaineering, alpine and mountain biking excursions found throughout the Karawanken range. Part of the Eastern Alps, this range extends from Italy to form a natural border between Slovenia and Austria. Hochstuhl is the highest peak standing at 7,342 feet (2,238 meters). When the seasons change, the mountains and resorts convert from summer activities to winter skiing and alpine sports only 20 minutes away from Lake Gosselsdorfer.

Approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) northwest of Lake Gosselsdorfer, visitors will find 100-acre (40 hectare) Sablatnig Moor (or Sablatnigmoor). Identified as an internationally important wetland under the Ramsar Convention, the land was developed into a nature park in 1992. Ecological and ornithological tours are held within the park from May to August. Among the wetlands and forest visitors will see carnivorous plants, several rare orchids and gentian. Over 160 bird species inhabit the shallow water and surrounding marshes including grebes, teal, little bittern, mallard, common pochard, wagtail, warblers, golden oriole, hoopoe, kingfisher, cormorant, spoonbill, great egret, osprey, lesser kestrel and black tern.

There are numerous lakes and communities surrounding Gosselsdorfer Lake worthy of day trips or extended stays. Immediately north of Gosselsdorfer See is the picturesque village of Gosselsdorf. Home to approximately 700 residents, tourism plays an important role in their rural economy. Thought to be one of the oldest communities in the municipality of Eberndorf, Gosselsdorf is home to the chapel of St. Anthony and Lambert dating from 1154. Irresistible assortments of goods are on display at the local farmer’s market, and crowds gather each July to watch or participate in the Gosselsdorfersee Volkstriathlon. Eberndorf rests two miles (3 kilometers) north of Lake Gosselsdorfer. This resort community is home to the Benedictine monastery founded about 1150. With a population estimated at 4,500 you will find an excellent selection of restaurants, shops and historic attractions. Drive three miles (5 kilometers) northwest of Gosselsdorfer See and you will arrive at the banks of scenic Turner See. This 109-acre (.44 square kilometer) lake is an excellent fishing lake with carp running 26-to-33 pounds (12-15 kilograms). Drive four miles northwest of Gosselsdorfer Lake and enjoy the mountain resort area of St. Kanzian am Klopeiner See. Within the area you can hike the 112 miles (180 kilometers) of marked trails, or choose from mountain climbing, cycling, fishing and golf in the summer. During the winter snow-filled activities include cross-country skiing, ice skating and winter walking.

Survey the choice of vacation rentals found among the communities and hills surrounding Lake Gosselsdorfer and you will find resorts, hotels, self-catering holiday apartments and homes, private holiday homes and real estate properties. Come to Gosselsdorfersee and experience this quiet retreat, a place of simplicity and beauty where you can leave the city behind and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.

Things to do at Gosselsdorfer See

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Birding

Fish species found at Gosselsdorfer See

  • Bighead Carp
  • Carp
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach
  • Tench

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 79 acres

    Shoreline Length: 1 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,539 feet

    Average Depth: 6 feet

    Maximum Depth: 10 feet

    Drainage Area: 11 sq. miles

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