Zvornik Lake

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Zvornik Lake
Zvornik Drina Dam.JPG
Location Mali Zvornik, Mačva District
Coordinates 44°21′50″N 19°07′08″E / 44.364°N 19.119°E / 44.364; 19.119Coordinates: 44°21′50″N 19°07′08″E / 44.364°N 19.119°E / 44.364; 19.119
Type reservoir
Basin countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia
Max. length 25 km (16 mi)
Max. width 3 km (1.9 mi)
Surface area 8.1 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
Average depth 8 m (26 ft)
Max. depth 39 m (128 ft)
Water volume 90 hm3 (73,000 acre⋅ft)
Surface elevation 140 m (460 ft)

Zvornik Lake (Serbian: Зворничко језеро, Bosnian: Zvorničko jezero) is an artificial lake located on the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. It was created after construction of a hydroelectric power station in 1954 on the Drina river.


The lake is known for the large wels catfishes. It is believed that the depths of the lake are inhabited by the gigantic catfishes, up to 3 m (9.8 ft) long with the weight of over 100 kg (220 lb). Such a large specimens have not been caught yet and in July 2017 a divers were employed to explore the part of the lake. The waters of the lake are murky and at the depths of 5 to 6 m (16 to 20 ft), the visibility is zero. The divers reached 15 m (49 ft), but didn't discover such a large fishes, though few days before the dive, a specimen 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) long which weighted 37 kg (82 lb) have been caught near the mouth of the Boranja river. Since 1998, an annual catfish hunt festivity Somovijada, has been held. The heaviest fish caught in the lake measured 87 kg (192 lb).[1]

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  1. ^ S.Simić (23 July 2017), "Ronioci kamerama "lovili" somove", Politika-Magazin No. 1034 (in Serbian), pp. 28–29