Among specific relief of Durmitor in its most famous natural values are counted 18 glacial lakes, known as ‘mountain’s eyes’. The most beautiful, largest and most known is Black Lake, located in conifer forest, under Medjed peak, close to Zabljak city. Conifer forest is dominating this area, so it is giving the lake its emerald green color. The depth and area of the lake vary during the year. Maximum length, during the highest water level is 1155m, while the width is 810m. Black lake is composed out of Small and Big Black Lake.
It is fed by rainwater, surface river and underground streams. The biggest amount of water lake gets from Mlinksi potok (brook), which length is 2.3km. Significant part of water gets from periodical stream Celine, which is active during the snow melting period. Its activity is followed by ‘cracking’, which starts due to ‘leaking’ of air pillows from underground canals, under the huge pressure of the water. During the period when Celina is feeds the lake with significant amount of water, the Small lake water flows into Big lake, while during the rest of the year
the water flows in counter direction. This natural phenomena is called bifurcation, the outlet of the water in two directions, creating two beautiful rivers, Piva and Tara. During the summer period the Lake gets separated due to lover water level, where Small lake water evaporates faster, due to abyss into lake’s bottom.
There’s beautiful, well-kept, fully illuminated walking trail all around the Black lake. It is 3 km long and contains all necessary facilities.
- Big Lake has an area of 0.338 square km, maximum depth of 24.5 m, maximum length of 855 m, and maximum width of 615 m.
- Little Lake has an area of 0.177 square km, maximum depth of 49.1 m, maximum length of 605 m, and maximum width around 400