It is useful to know that the park can be visited in the company of your pet. Many people struggle what to do with the dog when going on a day trip into the "unknown" place. House rules of NP Plitvice allow entry to the park area with a dog, in spite of the fact that there is a strong demand to ban the entry of dogs. And those are probably the same ones that would prohibit children entering the park. These are probably the same ones who object to everything that threatens their selfish perception of the word!
The rule requires that the dog, while in the park, has to be tied to a leash.
This must be a big temptations for those who are passionate fishermen, there is a plenty of fish in the lakes, especially trouts in the Lower Lakes, and yet, fishing is not allowed in the whole area of National Park.
Besides, it is forbidden to enter the water and stand inside the lakes, and feeding the fish. Ducks are not allowed to hunt or to harass, although some parents kindly watch their children while chasing small ducklings in the shallow water.
Plitvice National Park lays down rules of conduct for visitors, primarily to preserve this unique gift of nature but also, for the safety of visitors themselves. It is not easy for any visitor to resist the temptation, in a hot summer days, not to jump into the crystal clear lake water. An even bigger temptation is to resist the desire for "showering" under the dense and cold waterfalls. As well as swimming in the lakes is not permitted, it can be a potentially very dangerous to health. The lake water is cold and the large difference in temperature between air and water, especially in the hot summer days, can be fatal.
Another great lure is the dense forest around the lakes, especially in the section of the Upper Lakes. Every exit off the marked trail and entering deeper into the forest isn't harmless at all. Anyone who do not know the forest can easily go astray. Besides, the forest around the lakes is natural habitat of many wild animals, including wolves and bears.
What a pity!!! The water is crystal clear and so inviting. However, you can't jump in :(
I wish I was one of the guards there in the National Park. I am sure they sometimes jump in after the park is closed to public.
Although the crystal clear water of the lakes looks so invaiting, swiming is not allowed inside the area of the National Park. It is strictly protected area where hunting, fishing and swiming are not allowed.
When visiting the park you should respect all the limitations in order to preserve this natural wonder for the coming generations.
Yes, exactly. Plitvice lakes are so pure that trouts swim in them. It's written everywhere not to feed fishes. And this rule seems to be followed but another tourists' habit makes a lot of harm there. I mean throughing coins to come back. Tourists through coins directly into the lakes, which is strictly forbidden, and fishes eat them thinking it's food. It's deadly for fishes.
You like nature and you want yourself and your children to come there again, then please, be gentle with the nature that gave you such a gift !
As I mentioned elsewhere, the level of organization of this national park is pretty fearsome. The brochure that's handed to you when you pay your entrance fee includes a trail map, instructions in six languages on how to visit the park, the park's website address, and so on. It also includes this helpful, exhaustive symbolic depiction of things that are prohibited in the park. Some of them are so obscure that we couldn't figure them out. Here are the things we thought were forbidden:
pick flowers, dig up plants, throw trash, start campfires, scare animals, touch birds' nests (?), shout with megaphones, break off stalactites, carve your name in a tree trunk, throw sticks (?), play music, sleep, camp, walk next to train bridges, wade, swim, fish, let dogs off leash, and walk off the trails.
Scared yet? Apparently, the only thing you can do is use an Olympus camera. Luckily for me, that's the kind I had.
Basically, it's forbidden to feed animals, but everybody do it anyway, especially the trouts, so they are very voracious and swim close to the paths, hoping to catch something...