Łuknajno Lake

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Łuknajno Lake
Łuknajno lake
Location Masurian Lake District, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship
Coordinates 53°48′19″N 21°38′34″E / 53.80528°N 21.64278°E / 53.80528; 21.64278Coordinates: 53°48′19″N 21°38′34″E / 53.80528°N 21.64278°E / 53.80528; 21.64278
Basin countries Poland
Max. length 3.3 km (2.1 mi)
Surface area 6.8 km2 (2.6 sq mi)
Average depth 0.6 m (2 ft 0 in)
Max. depth 3 m (9.8 ft)
Surface elevation 115 m (377 ft)

Łuknajno [wukˈnajnɔ] (German: Lucknainer See) is a lake in the Masurian Lake District of north-eastern Poland, in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship. It lies approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the town of Mikołajki, close to the north-western corner of Poland's largest lake called Śniardwy. Łuknajno covers an area of 6.8 square kilometres (2.6 sq mi), and has a maximum depth of 3 metres (9.8 ft).

The lake is the site of a nature reserve, and since 1977 has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a Ramsar site, in view of its importance as a breeding ground for water birds such as grebe, rail, moorhen, grey heron, bearded tit, white-tailed eagle, osprey, rust-coloured kite, cormorant and black tern. The lake is known since many decades as the habitat of the mute swan (Latin: Cygnus olor) – nesting there every year from a dozen to tens of dozen of pairs, and in time of moult arriving in numbers reaching up to 2,000 birds.[1] The lake is part of the larger protected area known as Masurian Landscape Park.

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  1. ^ (Polish) Ludwik Tomiałojć, Tadeusz Stawarczyk: Awifauna Polski. Rozmieszczenie, liczebność i zmiany. Wrocław: PTPP "pro Natura", 2003, pp. 157–297. ISBN 83-919626-1-X