Bottom of Lake Czorsztyn – part 1


Once a decade Niedzica hydroelectric plant needs maintenance and water level of Lake Czorsztyn is lowered by over 10 meters. It is uniqe moment when you can explore bottom of lake and take photos from places that are normally flooded. I was visiting Niedzica last weekend and it was interesting experience. My time however was limited and I hope to visit Czorsztyn and Niedzica again in next few weeks to explore different locations before they’ll be flooded again.

What you can find on the bottom? Mostly tree leftovers, logs, roots, mussels, lots of stones, but also bottles, tires, steel barrels, old concrete anchors, buoys, various small items lost or intentionally dropped by tourists and many other things. There are even building remains and asphalt road. Lake Czorsztyn is man-made reservoir and there was village Maniowy on now flooded area. The village itself was moved and still exists.

If you are interested to see how area now covered by Lake Czorsztyn looked before flooding be sure to check this link. You’ll find there presentation in 3 PDF files. It’s in polish but filled with many unique images showing beautiful valley, now gone, “lost in time like tears in rain”.

Below are photos from dam area, more will follow in next few days.


SONY NEX-F3, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 55 mm (82 mm equivalent)


SONY NEX-F3, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 18 mm (27 mm equivalent)


SONY NEX-F3, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 18 mm (27 mm equivalent)


SONY NEX-F3, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 18 mm (27 mm equivalent)


SONY NEX-F3, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
1/400 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 23 mm (34 mm equivalent)


SONY NEX-F3, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
1/640 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 33 mm (49 mm equivalent)


SONY NEX-F3, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 18 mm (27 mm equivalent)


SONY NEX-F3, E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, 55 mm (82 mm equivalent)