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Kurtna Landscape Reserve

There are many lakes in Estonia, but the area where these are the most closely located to each other is in the centre of the lowlands of Alutaguse that is in the Kurtna kame fields in Ida-Viru County.

There are 40 lakes on an area that is 9 km long and 3 km wide. Most of them are small forest lakes that have peaty overgrown banks and sandy areas that border the kames. The largest of them is Lake Konsu (136 ha), but the deepest is Lake Räätsma (10.8 m) that is the only known iron-rich lake in Estonia. Some lakes in the centre part of the kame field, for example Lake Valgejärv, with rare species and clear water are especially valuable.

Kurtna Lake District is very popular as a recreational area. Vacationers prefer the lakes with sandy banks, but fishermen prefer quiet solitary corners. The diverse mushroom forests in the area and different sporting tracks and hiking trails invite people to move around in the nature. The Kurtna Landscape Reserve (2,820 ha) was founded in 1987 in order to protect the natural values here.

Kurtna Suurjärv. Foto: Tiit Kaljuste