Bilećko Lake is a true untapped treasure right on the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

In eastern Herzegovina, right on the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, you will find the second-largest artificial lake that the region has to offer.

Completely unused, surrounded by mountains and green hills, Bilećko Lake is a real refuge for nature lovers, adventurers, and fishermen, as well as for those looking for peace away from the city bustle.



Bilećko Lake, Photo: Zivotic M., CC BY-SA 4.0


Bilećko Lake was created by the construction of the hydroelectric power plant on Trebišnjica, a beautiful river as long as 96.5 kilometers that created this picturesque water surface with its accumulation. The hydroelectric power plant was built in 1968 and is located about 17 km downstream from its source and about 17 km from Trebinje.

The lake extends to about 35 square kilometers, of which 11 kilometers belong to Montenegro.


Bilećko Lake, surroundings, Photo: Zmajoliki, CC BY-SA 4.0


It has a maximum depth of an impressive 105 meters and is located at an altitude of about 400 m above sea level, even several villages were submerged because of it, which came to light for the first time after 50 years when a period of great drought occurred in 2017.

Among them was the Panik (originally named Leusinium), a Roman settlement rich in buildings, baths, and mosaics.


Bilećko Lake, Photo: Just Jelena, CC BY-SA 4.0


Its crystal clear water allows for a variety of water activities, such as fishing, but also boating or kayaking in hidden coves. Of course, it also has its beaches, such as Čepelica and Kuletina.

Fishing is another popular activity on Bilećko Lake. The lake is home to a variety of fish including trout, catfish, perch, and carp, making it a paradise for anglers of all experience levels.


Bilećko Lake, Photo: Maša Hercegovac, CC BY-SA 4.0


In addition to swimming and fishing, on the shore of the lake, you will come across the Stećak Necropolis, as well as the interesting Drakuljica fortress, which has access to one of the most beautiful views of the lake.

The island of Bobotova glavica hides in the very heart of it, which also has a small church of the Holy Prophet Elijah on it.


Bobotova glavica, Bilećko Lake, Photo: Zivotic M., CC BY-SA 4.0


Although unused, the tourist offer around Bilećko Lake is slowly developing, but mainly in the town of Bileća. Following the growing popularity of this natural pearl, various hotels, and private accommodations have appeared that offer visitors a comfortable stay near the lake, while restaurants invite you to embark on a slightly different taste adventure.

If you’re passing by, be sure to visit it from the Bosnian and Montenegrin sides.



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