Mecklenburg Lakeland, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

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Germany - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern -

Also known as:  Mecklenburg Lakes, Mechlenburg Lake Plains

The Mecklenburg Lakeland covers a large portion of Germany’s Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Region. The primarily flat countryside is dotted with over 1000 lakes, rivers and streams, many connected by canals and navigable waterways. Stretching east to the border with Poland and north to the Baltic Coast, this former farming and grazing countryside has benefited from steady growth of tourism. The largest lakes district in Central Europe, the system has become a favored destination for holiday-makers and nature lovers of all types. The larger waterways are favored by yachtsmen and fishing fleets, while the smaller lakes, rivers and streams are utilized by smaller boats, canoeists and kayakers. The most important areas for boaters include Lake Muritz, the Schweriner See (see=lake), Plauer See, the rivers Warnow and Peene, and the Muritz-Elde-Waterway. Here, 75 miles of waterway are made navigable by 17 locks, leveling altitude differences of 161 feet. Lake statistics listed here reflect Lake Muritz as the largest lake in the Mecklenburg Lakeland.

Lake Muritz is a lesser-populated lake in Mecklenburg Lakeland. Located near the border with Poland, the large lake is perfect for a weekend getaway, as it’s located not far off the route between Berlin and Hamburg. The eastern shoreline abuts the Lake Muritz National Park. The National Park and the several nearby Nature Parks are excellent spots for hiking, cycling and bird watching. The many small lakes and ponds are lovely for canoeing and kayaking, fishing and exploring. And Lake Lake Muritz is a favorite for house boaters, sailors, water skiers and windsurfers. Houseboats may be rented at Lake Mueritz under special visitor’s license to cruise the waterway with a minimum of boating instruction. The eastern shoreline is limited to non-motorized boats due to migratory bird nesting, but much of the main waterway is open to rental motorized boats. The adjacent Muritz-Elde-Waterway is an easy waterway to navigate, even for inexperienced pilots. There are no sharp turns, and the speed limit is only 12 km per hour, making it a comfortable and leisurely float. For those who wish to leave the actual sailing to others, yacht and tour boat cruises are available.

Fishing is historically an important commercial enterprise in the Mecklenburg Lakeland. The most common catches are pike-perch (also known as zander), true perch and carp. Due to the decline of sturgeon, some fishermen have developed an alternative source of caviar from another local, lesser-known fish – the vendace. The waterway holds at least 50 different types of fish, so sport fishermen can always find a ready customer for their bait. The two largest towns on Lake Muritz are the old resort town of Roebel and Waren at the north end of the lake. Both towns hold a variety of holiday lodging choices, but Waren is larger and more modern. Waren hosts the ‘House of 1000 Lakes,’ a museum dedicated to the history and natural habitat of the Mecklenburg Lakeland. Children especially love the huge aquariums featuring native fish and amphibians. The entire lakes district is a wealth of cycling paths and bike rentals, a perfect way to explore the sights.

Many visitors choose to spend a week or more cruising the Muritz-Elde-Waterway. There are mooring places all along the route in the form of marinas, sports boat harbors, and at water sports clubs and campsites. Any trip along the waterway requires a stop at Muritz Bear Woods near the south end of Lake Plauer. The bears found here are formerly captive bears who are free to live out their lives in this natural setting. Farther west along the waterway, sailors can turn north to Schweriner See and the town of Schwerin with its picture-book castle on an island in the lake. Schwerin is the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and holds museums and landmarks rich in the history of the Mecklenburg Lakeland. The Cathedral is the town’s only medieval architectural monument. The Schwerin State Museum holds a true treasure in art. Rubens, Rembrandt, Hals and Bruegel are represented in the collection entitled “The Golden Age of Dutch Painting.” The collection of Meissen porcelain is second only to the collection at Dresden. The Archaeological Museum contains a large collection of Bronze Age artifacts.

After visiting Schwerin, sailors may continue south to Domitz or west as far as Hamburg. But, one can’t leave the Mecklenburg Lakeland without a visit to the Baltic Coast. North of Schwerin, 58 spa towns and resorts with magnificent white sandy beaches and the clean, clear water of the Baltic Sea entice many holiday-makers to select this region as the perfect getaway during the summer months. All types of gasthaus facilities, holiday apartments, condos and holiday houses are available as vacation rentals. Here the visitor can engage in all sorts of watersports, cycling, hiking and fishing. Protected areas along the coast provide breeding areas for water birds and opportunities for bird watching and photography.

Visitors could spend the entire summer exploring the Mecklenburg Lakeland and hardly begin to see everything. The area is known for organic foods, and the restaurants alone could keep the visitor sampling local cuisine and specialty fish dishes daily. Water, nature, good food and history make the Mecklenburg Lakeland a special holiday destination. Many visitors find themselves looking for real estate after a visit or two. So come to Mecklenburg Lakeland and cruise the waterways for a lazy summer holiday. You’ll be yearning to come back next year!

Things to do at Mecklenburg Lakeland

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Park
  • Museum

Fish species found at Mecklenburg Lakeland

  • Carp
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Pike Perch
  • Sturgeon
  • Vendace
  • Zander

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Mecklenburg Lakeland Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Wasser und Schifffahrtsamt Lauenburg

Surface Area: 28,911 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 203 feet

Average Depth: 19 feet

Maximum Depth: 102 feet

Water Residence Time: 15 yrs

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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