14 Oct Perucac Lake
A great location if you’re after a relaxing getaway, the Perucac Lake is an emerald beauty encapsulated by rolling hills. Situated in the heart of the Tara National Park, the lake comes alive during summer, is nearby an abundance of local attractions, and is also home to a wide range of activities.
The artificial Perucac Lake is located in its namesake village, though it’s some 20 km away from the closest major town, Bajina Basta. Given its location, the lake is very close to a great number of both natural and manmade attractions. Some of the most prominent among them are the House on the Drina River, Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasha Sokolivic’s famous old bridge, the Sargan Eight railway line, and of course the Banjska Stena lookout, from which you may see the lake itself. One interesting place located in the village of Perucac is “Mramorje”, an archaeological site hiding medieval necropolis with tomb stones dating as far back as the 14th and 15th century.
The Perucac Lake is located on the right bank of the Drine River and is situated in the river’s gorge. It is the result of the Drina being dammed as well as a hydroelectric power plant being built in Bajina Basta. The lake reaches a depth of 60 m, is as narrow as 150 m and as wide as 1,000 m. It is also one of the few places where fishing is allowed in the Tara National Park, making it a haven for the sport. You may expect to find a wide variety of fish within the lake, including carp, catfish and European chub.
There’s plenty to do here outside of fishing as well. Kayaks and canoes are both available for hire and you may also reserve a seat on a 60-person-capacity boat, which will take you across the lake. The official swimming season is from July until August, during which time pontoons and designated swimming areas are set up along the lake’s beaches, and local lifeguards are active. The local annual regatta is also held here every July and is considered one of Serbia’s great manifestations.
Tips & Essentials:
- If you wish to fish at the lake, simply go to one of the local fishing associations to acquire a license.
- The best time to visit is definitely during the last ten days of July. The swimming season is open; the annual regatta is held then; and, following the regatta you may attend the Bridges Festival, during which famous Serbian musicians perform.
How to get to Perucac Lake:
If you’re travelling by bus then there are a few daily services travelling from Belgrade directly to Perucac. Though, travelling here via Bajina Basta is a completely viable option as well, particularly if you’re not going to Perucac Lake from Belgrade.
Should you be using your own mode of transport and you’re travelling from Serbia’s capital, then the Belgrade-Valjevo-Bajina Basta highway is the best way to go.