Most people living in Bela krajina do not know that in the abandoned quarry near Nerajec a lake has formed. This lake was formed by the river Lahinja that has seeped through the rock. Here a unique biotope was formed containing many different animal, insect, and floral species.
Especially attractive are 4 small islands that peek through the surface and are covered in trees and grasses. The lake contains various fish, frogs, and many different species of other water-dwelling animals. The lake is also frequently visited by herons. In the summer water lilies bloom on the water. Near the lake, right from the main road, a small resting area is maintained. There are benches and a table available. Nerajec lake is a great example of how an area can be restored and a unique biome can be created.
Where to discover
Lake Nerajec is located on the main Črnomelj-Vinica road, before the village of Veliki Nerajec. To access the lake when driving to Vinica, before the village there is a sign for Entrance 2 to the regional park Lahinja, right after that, there is another sign for a rest stop. Turn left. About 50 m forward you will see the parking space. To get to the lake continue on foot past the parking space and turn right down the gravel road.
...follow the sign that says parking, you should be able to see the parking space almost immediately.