Montenegro through the measures – Skadar Lake

Skadar Lake is one of the biggest lakes in Europe, especially when the water level is high. Skadar Lake is a crypto-depression, supplied with water from Morača, while Bojana, outflow of Skadar Lake, takes water into the Adriatic Sea. Navigable body of water comprises up to 91% of the Skadar Lakes surface, while the shallow parts under the vegetation make 9% of its overall surface.


The lake is a crypto-depression which means that some parts of its bottom are below sea level. Such places are called sub-lacustrine springs or eyes. There are about thirty of them. The deepest eye is Radus, 60m deep, and according to some data even deeper, while the average depth of the lake is about 6 m.

Thanks to the tunnel Sozina, It takes only 20 minutes ride to get from the Adriatic coast to Skadar Lake.Two thirds of the overall surface of Skadar Lake is in Montenegro (219 km2), while the rest of it is in Albania. Depending on the water level, the surface of the lake varies from 530 to 370 km2. Skadar Lake is 44 km long and 14 km wide. The average depth of Skadar Lake is 6 meters, while at certain parts the bottom is under the sea level reaching the depth of 60 meters.