Lake Kočevje is one of the cleanest and deepest lakes in Slovenia. It offers great relaxation for the body and mind. The lake covers an area of about 39 hectares and measures almost 40 meters in depth. The formation of the artificial lake dates back to years between 1973 and 1978 when the bottom of the basin of the brown coal mine was gradually filled with water. Coal mining was a 175-year-old tradition, but today only a few buildings around the lake and names such as "Festunga" and "Kipa" are reminiscent of the coal mining tradition.
In recent years, Lake Kočevje has gained great importance for tourism and local recreation and has become one of the most popular places in Kočevsko to visit for locals and visitors.
The lake and its surroundings are an important habitat for various species of plants and animals. The area is a nesting ground for many species of birds - as many as 64 species nest here, of which as many as 15 are included on the List of Endangered Species in Slovenia. On the northern side of the lake area is a pine forest, which is a specialty in the Kočevsko region. Take a walk along the nature trail, which leads around the lake and extends for three kilometers, to observe the many plant and animal species. The area around the lake is also a popular spot for local photographers.
In the summer months, the lake is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike, who love swimming, surfing, sailboating, diving, and fishing. For fishing on Lake Kočevje, you need a permit issued by the Kočevje Fishing Family. In the lake you can find: carp, chub, tench, catfish, redfin, pike, grass carp and other fish species.