Lower lakes (Donja jezera), Plitvicka Jezera National Park

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    KOZJAK LAKE

    by balhannah Updated Feb 25, 2012

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    Kozjak Lake is the largest lake in Plitvice, and it is the one that connects the Lower and Upper Lakes together. Stefaniji Island, named after Queen Stefanija who came to visit it in 1888, is situated on the lake.

    It was interesting to hear the tale of how 30 goats drowned in the lake while crossing from the coast on to the island while running away from wolves.

    It was on this Lake, that we took the boat across, and it was also where the wind decided to pick-up, meaning the end to the nice reflection photos!
    Don't put your camera away though, as crossing the lake is pretty, and once again, we saw many waterfalls splashing into the Lake through Mosses, Grass and reeds.
    Closer to the landing, we could see the boardwalk above some of these falls where people were walking along.
    We arrive at the landing and off load, then need to work out which way to go next!
    Most people on tours end their journey here, or if you aren't that fit, then this will probably be enough walking.

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    ELECTRIC BOAT RIDE

    by balhannah Written Feb 24, 2012

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    It now is time to walk to where the electric Boat leaves to take us to the Upper Park.
    The Boat leaves from Lake Kozjak, the largest lake in the park, and the ride is included in the price of our ticket for a one way ride across the lake.
    Boats leave every 15mins or 30mins, depending on the season.
    The Boat is open, has a top to protect us from the elements, and is a nice 20 min cruise to the other side.

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    MILANOVACKI WATERFALLS

    by balhannah Written Feb 24, 2012

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    Milanovacki Slapovi
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    Still walking in the Lower area, and yet another lot of beautiful waterfalls.
    Named, Milanovacki Slapovi, this waterfall spills into the next lake called Milanovac Jezero which we have just walked by. About 20 metres high, the waterfall is quite wide, and can be seen from both sides of the gorge. The lower boardwalk crosses above this waterfall and links the boardwalk within the gorge with the Upper Gorge walk between the P3 boat stop.

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    LAKE MILANOVAC

    by balhannah Written Feb 24, 2012

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    After spending some time watching the Duck at Milka Trnina waterfalls, it was time to walk alongside the largest lake in Lower Plitvice lakes area. As I walk, I can see some waterfalls in the distance, plunging into the pretty turquoise water.
    The reflections of the gorge are wonderful in the early hours of the morning, it's so serene that I wish I could stay in the peaceful location for ever!
    Surrounding the lake, is a rim of more than 20 meter high limestone rock, and along the way are recesses and openings in the rocks, maybe the start of a cave or a real cave.

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    MILKE TRNINE

    by balhannah Updated Feb 24, 2012

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    Continuing our walk a little further, we come across another waterfall, known as Milke Trnine. The Milka Trnina waterfalls were named after a Croatian opera diva, who in 1897 made ​​a generous donation for the construction of footpaths and more in the Plitvice national park.

    The Milanovac Jezero drains over the edge making the Milke Trnine waterfall. This waterfall is also wide, but is quite small in height, and hidden a little amongst foliage growing within the waterway. The Slap Milke Trnine drains into the Gavanovac Jezero, which is the pretty small lake we have just walked past.

    It was here where I stood a while, watching the antics of a Duck. He was feeding on the moss, and kept trying to swim upwards eventually losing the battle and swishing quickly down into the lake below. It happened so quickly, I couldn't get a photo!

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    GAVANOVAC LAKE & VELIKE CASCADES

    by balhannah Written Feb 24, 2012

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    Reflections on Lake Gavanovac
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    After viewing the Cave, we return to the main walkway, and head up the boardwalk and alongside the cliff edge by the side of Gavanovac Lake. There were lovely reflections of the Cliffs along here!
    These Velike cascades are only small and are long, but once again, they are very attractive!

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    BOARDWALK BETWEEN LAKES GAVANOVAC & KALUDEROVAC

    by balhannah Written Feb 24, 2012

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    Between the lakes Gavanovac and Kaluderovac
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    Now we are going to follow the Boardwalk across the lake, and view the cascades falling over the barrier between the lakes Gavanovac and Kaluderovac. These are higher than the previous we had seen.
    This lake is 514 metres high, and 100metres long.
    There is a legend to this lake that says the Gavanova treasure disappeared into this lake.
    The cascades are really beautiful, stunning!

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    KALUDEROVAC'

    by balhannah Written Feb 24, 2012

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    After viewing the "Veliki Slap," it was time to head back the same way we came in, and then at the T junction, continue on a new route beside the lovely Kaluderovac Lake.
    This lake is believed to be named after a Monk that lived here as a Hermit. This Lake is 225 metres long, and is located 505metres above sea level.
    It is lovely walking alongside the sheer cliffs and beside the very blue lake with many Fish, reeds and growths near the edge of the path, all while enjoying the shade from the cover of Trees, just a beautiful area!

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    BOARDWALK BETWEEN NOVAKOVICA BROD & KALUDEROVAC

    by balhannah Updated Feb 24, 2012

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    Boardwalk between Novakovica and Kaluoerovac lakes
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    We are now walking along a boardwalk that divides Novakovica Brod and Kaluoerovac lakes.
    Novakovica Brod at 503metres, is the lowest lake at Plitvice Lakes.
    This is the boardwalk we could see from the top and it's the barrier between the lakes.
    The boardwalk has Reeds and some big leafed plants growing alongside, so you can not see the little cascades from the boardwalk, you need to view these from a distance.
    It does give you wonderful, uninterrupted views of the lakes and the cliffs, and if you are there early morning, the reflections are great too!

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    CASCADES

    by balhannah Written Feb 24, 2012

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    At the end of the boardwalk, we turn right and head downhill on another boardwalk. Here there are some more cascades, and a boardwalk has been built out over them.
    Be prepared, you may get wet feet! It's a chance to get some more good photo's up close of the cascades and of other waterfalls and cliffs in the other direction.

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    COLOUR OF THE LAKES

    by balhannah Written Feb 23, 2012

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    Plitvice Lakes
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    Have you noticed the beautiful colour Blue of these lakes!

    This was the true colour of the Lakes when we were there, it may not be when you are there!

    The lakes are known to have changeable and distinctive coloring, which varies depending upon the balance of minerals and organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
    The Plitvice Lakes can range from azure blue to green or grey. I am glad we saw them a pretty blue, I just couldn't imagine this area with "grey" lakes, it just wouldn't be as pretty!

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    Between Milanovac & Kozjak

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 12, 2012

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    Milanovac Lake
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    The big natural barriere in bewtween lakes of Milanovac and Kozjak, where ends the Lower Lakes area.
    The water in the Lake of Milanovac is deeper then in the Lake of Gavanovac and it has a beautiful blue colour.

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    Between Gavanovac and Milanovac lakes

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 12, 2012

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    Gavanovac Lake
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    There are plenty of small and bigger tracertines, cascades and waterfalls in between the lakes of Gavanovac and Milanovac. It is very rich of water and has plenty of fishes, especially troats.
    This area on the pictures is known as Ċ upljara

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    The Lower Lakes - Wooden paths

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 12, 2012

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    The very first wooden path you'll cross is the one in between lakes of Novakovica brod and Kaludjerovac. It leads you in the area of Sastavci and the Big Waterfalls of Plitvice brook, probably the most attractive part of the NP. When passing across you'll noticed the crystal clear water of the lakes lake which is rich of fishes, but unfortunatelly you cannot fishing here.

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    The Lower Lakes - Wooden paths

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 12, 2012

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    If you start your Plitvice walking tour from Entrance no.1, you'll find a lots of wooden paths to cross from one side of the lakes to the another. This is wooden path in between of the two last lakes of the Plitvice string of pearls, Novakovica brod and Kaludjerovac.

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