Vrana Lake - 3,4 km


The Vrana Lake Nature Reserve is the largest natural and freshwater lake in Croatia with an area of 30 km2. It was created by flooding the karst field with groundwater (cryptodepression). This means that the lake level is above sea level and the botton is below sea level.

The lake is separated from the sea by a narrow elevated stripe of the mainland - which is 13 km long. It is connected to the sea by the Prosika Canal, which is about 800 meters long, and the part of the water flows through natural underground paths to the Pirovac Bay.

It is 2 to 6 meters deep, 14 km long and about 2 km wide on average. The Vrana Lake is situated on the Adriatic Highway approximately half way between the historic towns of Zadar and Sibenik.

The best access to the lake is from Pakoštane or from the town of Vrana inland. The popular resort of Biograd na Moru is also nearby.

There are plenty of water birds nesting on the marshy shores of the lake. Travel agencies organize birdwatching and guided boat rides. Participants get deep into the marshes where they can watch and photograph the birds. In the northwest part of the lake is an ornithological reserve with an area of 8.83 km2.

Local restaurants are renowned for their specialties of catfish, eels and other fish.

Fishing lovers will appreciate it, because in this brackish water live both sea and freshwater fish. The most famous are carp, pike, catfish or eel. Only with the exception of the ornithological reserve can fish be caught on the lake and from the shore all year round. There is a possibility to rent a boat and buy fishing tickets at the local tourist office or at the office of the tourist association for one day or longer.