Lake Zacharias, today a nature reserve, is a groundwater lake created by sand and gravel extraction. From the observation hut on the south shore you can overlook a large part of the lake and observe waterfowl and wading birds.
In spring you can observe wading birds such as Redshank and Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and Spotted Redshank. Cormorants and lapwings are breeding and the call of the Curlew echoes around the area. In May you can see Teal and Garganey, Gadwall and Widgeon on the lake. In summer, the Greylag Geese are moulting. During the autumn migration period you can sometimes observe Cranes at dawn when they have spent the night at the lake. In winter, ducks, geese, cormorants and divers gather at the lake.
Updated: September 13, 2016
Tips, hints and linksIf you want to make a longer bike trip, you can follow the Boker Canal westward from here to Delbrück (about 20 km in one direction). To the east of Lake Zacharias there are more excavated lakes. At one of these you will find the bathing beach "Alberssee". Also of interest are the historic centre of Lippstadt and the castle ruins in Lipperode.
Getting thereIf you are coming via the B55 trunk road, you reach the area by turning off towards Lipperode and then driving in the direction of Mastholte. Just before leaving the village, turn right into the Delbrücker Weg and head towards the sports ground. You can park your car there. There are no parking spaces at the observation hut and the road to the hut is not open to public traffic.
Address for satnavs: Delbrücker Weg 55, 59558 Lippstadt
GPS (UTM): 32 U 457675, 5728519
Google coordinates: 51.706362, 8.387486
ParkingSports ground at Delbrücker Weg
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EquipmentYou are recommended to take binoculars for bird watching.
For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.