Original photo taken August 2013 with a Canon IXUS 850 IS
Location: Żywiec > Żywiec Lake > Poland
Processed: Dynamic Photo HDR, PhotoFiltre
Dedicated to all who love to spend a hot summer days at the lake!
Żywiec Lake (Polish: Jezioro Żywieckie) is a reservoir on the Soła river in southern Poland, near the town of Żywiec. It was created in 1966, when several villages in the area, such as Zarzecze, Tresna, Zadziel and Old Żywiec were flooded following the construction of a dam. The lake has the area of around 10 square kilometers, and the earth-filled dam is 39 meters high and 310 meters long. The maximum depth of the lake is 26,8 meters, and the average depth – 8,6 meters. Near the dam there is a hydro-electric power plant with the capacity of 21 MW. Żywiec Lake is used mostly for tourist purposes, to regulate the flow of water, and to protect the area from flooding.
On November 15, 1978, at 5 a.m., two Autosan PKS buses, in a 15-minute interval, skidded while driving along the lake, and fell into icy water. The buses were carrying coal miners to work at Brzeszcze coal mine. Thirty people died, and nine survived. This tragedy is commemorated by a plaque near the bridge.
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