Masurian Landscape Park

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Masurian Landscape Park
Mazurski Park Krajobrazowy
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Seksty Lake
Seksty Lake from Kaczor peninsula in Masurian Landscape Park
Map showing the location of Masurian Landscape Park
Map showing the location of Masurian Landscape Park
Masurian Landscape Park
Map of Poland
Location Masurian Lake District, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland
Nearest city Mikołajki
Coordinates 53°43′23″N 21°36′11″E / 53.723°N 21.603°E / 53.723; 21.603Coordinates: 53°43′23″N 21°36′11″E / 53.723°N 21.603°E / 53.723; 21.603[1]
Area 536.55 km2 (207.16 sq mi)
Established 1977
Governing body Wojewoda Warmińsko-Mazurski

Masurian Landscape Park (Polish: Mazurski Park Krajobrazowy) is a protected area (a Landscape Park) in northern Poland, established in 1977; covering an area of 536.55 square kilometres (207.16 sq mi) in the Masurian Lake District.[2]

The Park lies within Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship: in Mrągowo County (Gmina Mikołajki, Gmina Mrągowo, Gmina Piecki), Pisz County (Gmina Pisz, Gmina Orzysz, Gmina Ruciane-Nida) and Szczytno County (Gmina Świętajno).

Features[edit]

Park logo

The Park contains the biggest Polish lake called Śniardwy, with an area of 114.16 km2, together with lakes of Kaczerajno and Seksty. Other bigger lakes include Bełdany (9.41 km2), Mokre (8.15 km2), Łuknajno (6.92 km2), Mikołajskie (4.98 km2), Warnołty (4.65 km2) and Zdrużno (2.52 km2). There are also over 20 smaller dystrophic lakes in the Krutynia river basin.

Within the Landscape Park are 11 nature reserves, including that of Łuknajno Lake, a Ramsar site also designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve due to its unique bird habitat.[2]

General information[edit]

  • Total area: 536.55 km2
  • Forested area: 290 km2
  • Water area (rivers and lakes): 180 km2
  • Protected area: 186.08 km2
  • Number of settlements: 29
  • Number of permanent residents: approx. 4,800

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