Take the plunge at the Lechausee near Weißenbach in the district of Reutte, a freshwater lake which is a dream for scuba diving enthusiasts.
Fed by underground freshwater sources, the Lechausee is a mountain lake known to the local population as the “Baggersee Weißenbach” in reference to the fact that was artificially created (Baggersee) instead of naturally formed (Natursee). Despite measuring no more than six metres in depth, it is very popular with scuba divers thanks to its exceptionally clean waters and excellent visibility of up to 20 metres. Highlights of its underwater realm include bushes and stones covered in algae as well as the interesting lakebed with wave-like formations. Scuba divers require a permit.
There is also plenty to see and do above the surface. The lake is surrounded by high mountains peaks reflected in the water’s surface. Though relatively shallow, the lake does not warm up quickly on hot summer’s days, so swimming is reserved for hardy souls. Unlike many other lakes in the region, visitors will find no slides, swings, motor boats or the like at the Lechausee – just beautiful nature coupled with total peace and quiet.
There is no café or restaurant at the lake, but there are two barbeque spots for those who wish to bring their own food and equipment. The Lechausee is accessible free of charge all year round.