It is Hungary’s biggest artificial lake through which the Tisza River flows. It is situated in two counties: Heves and Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok. Regarding surface, it covers an area about 127 km˛ with an average 1.45 m depth.
Its deepest point reaches 22 m below surface.
It began its life with the name Kisköre water buffer aimed to help the irrigation system of the Alföld, the biggest plain Hungary has.
Designing the buffer lake was completed around the mid-1960s. Construction began immediately.
Building consisted of three stages. The first one was completed in 1973 by lifting the water levels of the Tisza River. In 1978 the area of the lake became surrounded by a 1.5 m high Dam. The third stage has never been finished. It would have meant to lift the water levels by a further 2 m, but that would bring the complete and utter destruction of wildlife in the area.
This is only my personal opinion, when I say: I would not have expected this from the Communist era.
With all the islands and wide life spared, Lake Tisza is now one of the most mysterious and untouched waterworlds of Europe. The protected area of the lake belongs to the Hortobágy National Park. The Tisza River Bird Reserve has been part of the European cultural heritage since 1999. If you can get into a boat, after a brief journey you can find its waterlily field that is unparalleled in Europe.
Should you ever want to test your strength and stamina, you can always sign up for one of the many canoe tours that are organised regularly around and through the lake.
Villages and towns near to the shore of the lake almost always have a free beach. Where there is no beach you can try fishing from the shore and from a boat as well. In winter, you can try your luck on the ice.
Lake Tisza is a small untouched, wired piece of nature.
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