Buško Lake often called Buško blato (blato means mud) is a natural continuation of Livno’s field. It is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina at 716 m above sea level. The surface area of Buško Lake is the largest artificial lake – reservoir in Europe. Up until the 1970 the area of Buško Lake was farmlands and was converted into an accumulation lake. Before the lake was created the surrounding river wells released water into the fields and left the lowest levels drenched – hence Buško Mud (Blato). The artificial reservoir was formed to create energy for the Dalmatian coast. The maximum amount of water is 800 million cubic meters and the largest depth is 15 meters.

Buško Lake before 1970
Buško Lake before 1970

Buško Lake consists of a rich and wide assortment of fish (carp, trout, carp, chub, catfish). The interesting history of this region left numerous archaeological sites, numerous ruins to ancient times, many artifacts and necropolis with a large number of stečci. In addition to historical attractions the area offers the opportunity to practice almost all sports, particularly water sports. In the summer the water of the lake is very warm and pleasant for swimming. The lake is also suitable for all sports that need wind. The hills and mountains surrounding the lake offer hikers amazing climbing holidays and sights in the mountain lodges.
Apart from the above mentioned, the lake is very attractive for fishermen and attracts a great deal of professionals. The area of today’s lake before the construction of the water dams was made up of meadows and pastures, which provided hay for livestock, while arable land was closer to the settlements which was cultivated for a variety of grains and vegetables. During the big autumn and winter rains the field was largely flooded in winter and frozen. When the ice would melt with the coming of spring so much mud would appear in this area and the field got its name Buško Mud.

 

Check out the scenery of Buško Lake:

 

Prokoško Lake – a gem on the mountain Vranica.

In this post we bring you great story about lovely Prokoško Lake.

Prokoško Lake is located on Vranica mountain between Debelo brdo (1858 m), Glavičice (1691 m), Trbević i Ćosa (1864 m).

The surface area is 48.000 m2 and the lakes maximal depth is 13 meters.

The formation of the Prokoško Lake was strongly influenced by fluvial, gravitational and other processes. Glacial processes didn’t have a big impact on the morphology of the terrain as the circumstances weren’t ideal for forming glaciers.

Prokoško Lake is a nature monument declared by law as of 2005, including it’s protected surroundings.

It was declared a nature monument because of the great number of endemic species of animals and plants and because of the water richness of the surrounding area.

Prokoško Lake is home to an endemic subspecies of the Tritius alpestris reiseri. It differs from the typical species with its un proportionally large head.

It was discovered in 1891. by Othmur Reiser and described in 1902. by Werner.

The small Tritius alpestris reiseri reaches a maximal length of 12 cm and lives in shallow waters and on the lake banks. It feeds on insects and snails that it finds in the water.

 

Unfortunately, recently the Lake has been loosing its original beauty due to illegal buildings, houses and sewage system, which are really harming the lake and its natural surrounding.