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Vannīši (Katvari) Lake (Vannīšu (Katvaru) ezers)

Location
State:
Latvia
Region:
Riga
County:
Limbaži
Parish:
Katvari
Other references to the location
At Katvari
Coordinates
lat=57.5597222222, lon=24.7961111111
57° 33' 34" N, 24° 47' 45" E
Description

The Katvari or Vannīši Lake is related to a mythological tale about a lake created by the God and

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the Devil's counteractions by jagging the banks of the lake. The area of the lake is about 65 ha, the maximum depth of 3.2 m, average depth of 1.6 m. The lake has low and gently sloping banks; the Katvari manor house with the park, which is well taken care of, are located there.

Narrative

The Vannīši Lake is situated near the Katvari manor house, that is why it is called the Katvari Lake. The God created this lake as a beautiful round lake without any jags, more like a bathtub. The people were very happy about its roundish form, but the Devil did not like that at all. Once at night, when everybody was asleep, the Devil jagged the beautiful banks of the lake. The God became angry about that and sent the Devil to hell, but the banks of the lake remained jagged by the Devil until nowadays. (Latvian Folklore Repository 556, 11701)

Attraction
Attractive
Availability
Easily accessible from all sides. The banks of the Katvari Lake are well facilitated and accessible; licensed fishing is permitted in the lake.
Infrastructure, management, facilities
The banks are accessible by walking and driving from different sides; parking lots, paths and information available.
Local info
An information stand
Capacity
41 and more
Publicity
Popular
Legal Status
Property of State
Comments
The site is of interest only to fishermen and recreating people.

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