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The best diving places in the Western Pomeranian region
CZARNOGLOWY A big village situated in the vast, surrounded by fields, area with a breathtaking panorama. The geological structure of this area made it possible to exploit carbonate rocks on an industrial scale. The sediment from particular geological periods can be found here known as Czarnoglow saddlebag. It is the north-west part of the Pomeranian region where saddlebags occur. Carbonate rocks are situated only few metres below the ground and only exposed parts can be seen. This material has been exploited since 1960. The disconnedtion of dehydrating pomps has caused a complete inundation of the excavation site and a new lake has been formed – Czarnoglowy (35,7 ha). Steep and craggy banks of the lake are the traces of the former excavation site. The floor of the lake falls vertically and the sunken tree branches can be seen below the emerald water. The depth of the lake is about 26-28 metres. Near the north-west shore there are: car park, place for making bonfire, camping site and shelter. If you follow a narrow path from the car park along the north shore of the lake and pass the melioration trench, you will find yourself on a high rocky spur at the very shore of the lake. Unfortunately, there is no protection in the form of barriers and the area is very steep and narrow. That is why you need to be extremely careful. The rocky spur is one of the best places to admire different forms of wildlife (numerous fossils from Zeilleria, Terebratula, Rynchonella families, Nerinea snails, Pecten mollusc). The biggest diving attraction of the lake is a sunken forest and underwater silicon wall at the depth of 3-18 metres.
Miedwie Lake (German, Madűsee) is situated in the western part of the Western Pomeranian Lake District on the Pyrzyce-Stargard plain. It has the area of 35 km² (the fifth place in Poland, the second after the Dabie Lake in the Western Pomeranian province). The lake is located 14 m high above sea level and its depth is 43,8 m, what accounts for the biggest cryptodepression in Poland (almost 30 m above sea level). The coastline is more less 39 km long (maximal width is 3,2 km). The shore is not wooded and in the southern part swampy. Through the Miedwie lake Plonia river flows, Gowienica and Ostrowica rivers flow into it and in the region of Zelewo the spring of drinking water for the inhabitants of Szczecin is situated. The biggest diving attraction of the lake is a former German place of torpedoing, the wreck of fishing boat and popular baskets at the spring of water.
Siecino Lake has the area of 729 ha and its maximal depth is 48 m. It is a gutter lake with two large islands: Ostrow (30 ha) with the hill 155,9 m above sea level, connected with the shore by a dyke where health resort and SHARK Diving Centre are located as well as Kepa island (18 ha). The water is clear and the floor clean and, therefore, the training of divers is very often organised there. Near the southern bank several health resorts are situated as well as Ceszyno resort. Many fish species live there in the lake and furthermore, it is the place where the Rakon river has its source.
Drawsko Lake is one the biggest lakes in Poland situated in the Drawsko Lake District. You can easily get there following Walcz-Czaplinek route. The lake is situated between Czaplinek in the east, Siemczyn in the west and Kluczewo in the north. Among the main advantages of the Drawsko Lake are numerous islands, beautiful coastline with such vegetation forms as for instance reed. Another thing really worth mentioning is Bielawa island with the area of 1871 ha. Its span northward is 11 km, eastward and westward – 7 km and the length of the coastline is 75 km. There are 12 islands in the lake and its maximal depth is 83 metres, whereas medium depth reaches 18 metres. The water of the Drawsko lake is very clear and emerald in colour.
Area: 4,5 ha, medium depth: 8,2 m, maximal depth: 15,8 m. The lake owns its name to a distinctive colour of its waters (the result of the presence of calcium carbonate). It is a reservoir without ebbs and flows. In the recent years the tendency towards lowering of the waterlevel has been noticed. The lake is located in area of the former chalk mine excavation site that was exploited by established in 1880 Portland cement factory “Stern”. On the 26th of July 1925 the factory was flooded by the water from the southern wall of the excavation site. Still, many mining machines and devices can be found at the bottom of the lake. Near the shore of the lake there is a concrete bridge that once functioned as track for removing the output.
Trzesniowskie Lake is situated at the bottom of a very deep and narrow post-glacial gutter, length 4,7km, width 600m. It consists of four parts further subdivided into gradually increasing depths (11, 20, 40 and almost 60 metres) connected by local shallowness (also more and more deep).Quite steep banks and relatively flat bottom make it possible to reach a satisfying depth very quickly, but still they constrain lake's wildlife from expanding further than few meters from the shore. Underwater meadows are scarce but there are many sunken trees and a variety of fish among them. You can get to the lake through some descents and piers, but it is not always possible to get to them by car so that sometimes you have to walk a bit (e.g. in order to dive at 40 you have to negotiate about 100 steps). In the deeper part of the lake there is the wall made from brown coal where some fish live but the access to it is restricted since there is the training ground around and you must not use engines while on the lake. You can go to Rybatowka and from there swim quite a long distance using flippers, or by using an off-road vehicle get almost to the wall but driving a very steep forest road. In the shallow part of the lake there is a sunken pedalo (unfortunately it is not marked but it is more less situated in front of the pier near the school) and some remains of paddle boats. The lake is a great place for any kind of training and that is why it is very much exploited by divers. Still, the above fact does not influence the visibility.
Our beloved Insko Lake. Insko is the most beautiful lake in the Western Pomeranian region situated among moraine hills of the western part of Pomeranian Lake District in the Ina basin, 122 metres above sea level. The surface has 487ha and one big island together with several smaller ones constitute the area of 22,3ha. Maximal depth is 41,7m, medium – 11,5m. Maximal length is 5400m, width – 2100m.
Richly-developed coastline is over 28,5 km long. The surface of the water covered with vegetation has 47ha which constitutes 7,8% of the body of the water, whereas in the case of coastline it is 83%. The shape of lake is very complex and numerous deep bays, peninsulas, headlands, hollows and shallow waters are characteristic of it, as well as the south-western part of it, separated by a narrow strait and path from its main part. That is why this particular part of the lake is very often considered to be entirely distinct lake named Linowko. Slopes are very steep and can even reach the height of 30 m. Numerous stones and boulders can be found on the shore. In this part of the lake Ostrowie village is situated. What we encounter next is the peninsula, several metres of swampy ground and a northern shore of long and narrow bay leading to Scienne town. One more hollow (36 m) situated almost in the centre of the lake is also worth mentioning. Other depths that can be found in Insko are easy to be read from the isobats shown on the enclosed map. The transparency of the water is about 6-8 m but it can be even higher during winter and early spring. The average width of coastal shallowness is about 20 m and then the bed of the lake caves in deep into it. There are numerous shoots. All the lake freezes approximately for two months (January – February) and the thickness of the ice cover may reach even 40 cm. In case of fierce wind waves reach over 70 cm. The grounds adjacent to the lake are commonly used for camping and its impressive scenery makes it an extraordinary place for recreation. In 1982 Insko Landscape Park has been established for the town and its neighbourhood. Because of this the head of the town has imposed some bans aiming at the protection of this unique landscape. One should not only remember about this fact but also ought to obey these fundamental rules. The very town of Insko was a Slavic fishing village in the past. The town has been granted city rights at the begining of the 13th century. The fragments of defensive walls from the 15th century are still there in the town. Today Insko is a very well developed as far as tourism is concerned. A beautiful beach together with a newly-built pier and the possibility of the borrowing of the swimming equipment successfully fulfil the town's tourist infrastructure.