Zaovine Lake, Bajina Basta

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Zaovine Lake is an artificial lake in central-west Serbia, on the Tara Mountain. It was created on the Beli Rzav river as a reservoir for the Bajina Bašta II reversible hydro power plant.LocationZaovine Lake is located on the southern slopes of the Tara Mountain, in the direction of the Zvijezda mountain, which marks the border between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It spreads out between the villages of Zaovine to the south-west and Mitrovac, major tourist resort on Tara, to the north-east.OriginZaovine Lake was created between 1981 and 83. The Beli Rzav river, one of tributaries of the Rzav river, was dammed with a 125m high dam and an artificial lake was created as the reservoir for the Bajina Bašta II reversible hydroelectrical power plant (630 MW). It is connected to the Drina river. Vežanje, the central hamlet of the village of Zaovine and which gave name to the lake, was flooded by the reservoir.CharacteristicsThe lake covers an area of 15km2 and has five branches. When the Drina river has a high water level or during the rainy seasons, water from the Drina is pumped into the Zaovine Lake through an 8km pipeline. During converse conditions, water runs back from the Zaovine Lake into the Drina, producing electricity by turning the turbines inside the pipeline. There are also five mini-lakes in the area (Spajića, Malo Zaovinsko, etc.) from which the water is also pumped into Zaovine Lake. The road connecting Zaovine and Mitrovac bounds the northern side of the lake. The shores of the lake are seeing increasing numbers of visitors, fishermen and campers as summer houses are being built.
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  • As it befits, there must be a beautiful lake in a beautiful park... Since that park is not some ordinary, but the most beautiful, Tara National Park, it has to be the best lake... Sure, Lake Zaovine. Learn more about my profile or through a message
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  • The lake itself is very beautiful, like almost all of nature in Serbia. And here's the dip it problematic: there is no normal entry into the water, no booths, all in all, this is not a beach, and specific attraction
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  • A must see! A lot of hiking trails! Beautiful nature in all seasons
  • Only lake and nothing there. It's great for those who like quiet an peace.
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