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Żywiec Lake

Żywiec Lake was created by the damming of the Soła river in the 60s of the last century whose valley was divided by a dam. The southern end of the lake, located within the Żywiecka Valley, almost reaches the area of downtown Żywiec. The northern part of the lake (in the vicinity of the dam) occupies a narrow valley, cutting into the slopes of the Little Beskids. The Żywiec reservoir is used for producing energy, flood control and tourism and recreation.

Beskids & Cieszyn Silesia, Beskid Żywiecki
by the water, in the mountains
General information
: sailing, canoeing, windsurfing & kitesurfing
: whole year
Kind of equipment
: motor boat, rowing boat

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