Bella Dvina is a country of transparent lakes; it is a perfect place for those who like to travel on a boat or a kayak and for those who prefer fishing. Total number of Bella Dvina lakes – around 2800 – is indeed astonishing. Many local lakes are connected with each other by channels; others lie very close to each other, thus forming lake systems. Most lakes are of glacial origin; in some of them you can see very rare aquatic plants, such as ling.
The region’s biggest lakes are Osveja Lake (this lake covers the area of 5300 ha and is the second biggest lake in Belarus after Lake Naroch) and Lake Nescherdo (Neščerdo).
Osveja Lake, the second largest lake in Belarus, is one of the most well-known attractions of this area. Those who enjoy fishing will appreciate this lake with its variety of fish species, such as bream, pike perch, pike, crucian carp, eelpout and goldfish. The lake’s fauna is represented by beaver and muskrat, swan and small gull.
It is one of the largest and most beautiful lakes of the Braslav group, “the pearl of the Braslav lakes”, as people call it, with bright and clear water. In the centre of the lake there is a Chaichin (Čajčin) island with the total area of 1.62 sq. km and weirdly curved coastline. This island is considered to be the second largest island of Belarus, and here you will have a unique opportunity to see Karelian birch, which is quite rare in Belarus.
Snudy is the second largest lake in the Braslav group of lakes, and one of the most picturesque places with the square of 22 sq. km, length 8,8 km and 11 islands with the total area of 1,6 sq. km. For hundreds of years Snudy was considered to be one of the richest fishing places of the Braslav region. In late 19th, half of the lake was owned by the Pozhajski cloister in Lithuania, while the other half belonged to the baron of Gan, owner of the Zaverye estate. It was mostly Old Believer village inhabitants living at the lakeside who used to fish here.
Lake Istras, Istras Natural Park
Vecslabada, Istras rural municipality, Ludza district
It is the largest lake of the three lakes that lie around the Vecslabada village. This picturesque place is located at the landscape protected area of Ezernieki. The watch tower offers a fabulous panoramic view over the area.
Nirza, Nirza rural municipality, Ludza district
It is the deepest and the clearest lake in Latgale with sand coasts and several recreation sites.
Kaunats, Čornajas, Lūžņa, Mākoņkalns rural municipalities, Rēzekne district
The highest part of Latgalian mountains and highlands lies near Lake Razna which is located 163,8 m above sea level and is up to 17 m deep. Lake Razna is the biggest lake in Latvia. Its south coast is occupied by Mākoņkalns. Lake Razna is 12.1 km long (East-West direction) and 7 km wide (eastern part). There are 10 islands with two bays, Dukstigals, and Zosnagals. Raznas Lake is the largest lake in Latvia by water volume (405 mln. cubic km). In other words, its water volume equals to 1/5 of the total volume of all Latvian lakes combined. The lake has more than 20 mouths and canals.
This lake is both magnificent and mysterious. In order to protect the lake, the government created a natural reserve. The lake is small, deep, with almost no water plants and fish. Čertok has been regarded as a mysterious place since ancient times. People say that its abysmal depths still keep the bodies of those who drowned in its waters. Numerous horror and mystic stories surround this bewitched place. Local folk prefer to avoid this place and claim that the lake has no bottom and would not give back its victims’ bodies.