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Susica Canyon And Lakes

Zabljak, Montenegro

Susica canyon and lakes

On the western side of Durmitor is placed one of the most beautiful canyon of Montenegro -Susica Canyon. Precisely, that impressive canyon with its amazing untouchable wild beauty is placed between the high cliffs of the SW part of Durmitor's massif. On both sides, Susica Canyon is surrounded by high vasty plateaus. Susica Canyon is connected with Dolina Skrckih jezera (Skrka Lakes Valley), another pearl of Durmitor National Park. 

In the past Susica river flows in usual river's valley. After glacial erosion the water of Sušica river created Susicko Jezero (Susica Lake), which belong to the group of few periodical lakes in Durmitor. The glacier which was moved through the Susica Canyon was 10 km long. During time of most intensive glaciation that glacier created some geological and morphological effects at the altitude 1140 m. Because of that influence Susicko Jezero was formed. During melting of glacier the lake existed like a permanent object. 

Today Susicko jezero is a periodical hidrographic object. The water source of Susicko jezero lake is Susica river, which starts at the bottom of Skakala waterfalls. The lake is largest and full of water in spring time when glaciers melting. Susicko jezero is 450 m long, 200 m wide. The deepness is about 4-5 m, on some places also 7 m. The surface of lake is about 70.000-80.000 square metres and capacity is 220.000 cubic metres, the altitude at 1140 m. In the summer time, specially in late summer, the water of Sušičko lake disapear and you can see just a green grassy meadow.

Susicko jezero lake with its form of ellipse is placed in North-South direction. From both sides the lake is surrounded by high cliffs and old pine forest. Trekking through this amazing canyon is really unforgetable experience. At the edge of Susica Canyon, approaching from Dolina Skrckih jezera (Skrka Lakes Valley), you can enjoy in great scenery of Skakala waterfalls.

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