Kirikumäe Landscape Protection Area

Lake Kirikumäe is quite unique among Estonian Lakes, because it is not stratified and is semi-dystrophic. It covers 61.4 ha and is 3.5 metres deep. Its water is acidic and contains very little mineral and organic compounds. Lake Kirikumäe is from three sides surrounded by Järvesuu bog with high wooded mineral islands. There are two hiking trails in the nature protection area, a swimming and a camping site.
Interesting to know: Lake Kirikumäe and the nearby village have been named after an Orthodox church that was situated on the northern shores of the lake during the Livonian War. The studies of the lake have helped prove that lakes start to close up on the side that is leeward of dominant winds.

Features and amenities

Location

Kirikumäe küla, Vastseliina vald, Võru maakond

Getting there

Access

  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • By car

Stops nearby

Bus: Kirikumäe

Coordinates

57°41'9''N 27°15'18''E | Download GPX file