The lake is located on the edge of the Arnsberg Forest between the Westphalian lowlands, the Haarstrang hills and the Sauerland and is thus on the main migration path of many waterbirds. Between 1908 and 1913, the Möhne dam was built in Günne. This created the Möhne Reservoir, whose main task is to provide water for the industrial area of the Ruhr. Lake Möhne is a European bird sanctuary.
There is very beautiful scenery around Lake Möhne. For those interested, the lake offers good opportunities for bird watching. Around 25 species of waterbird can be observed regularly. During the winter months there are usually large numbers of Goosanders, Goldeneye and Pochard. During the migration periods Ospreys even occur. Throughout the year, Tufted Ducks and Great Crested Grebes can be seen on the lake. Cormorants come from mid-August to late September to feed at the lake. Usually in the late afternoon they gather near the Heve peninsular. The birds can then be observed from three vantage points. Only approximately 100 birds remain all the year round at the lake. In the stony areas of the reservoir banks there are large beds of zebra mussel, an important food source for diving ducks and Coot.
Vom Torhaus startet auch der Rundweg "Möhnesee Hevesee". Andere Rundwege am Möhnesee sind "Möhnesee Sperrmauer" und "Möhneaue".
Updated: September 14, 2016
Best time of year
Tips and hints
A visit to the regional exhibition of the landscape information centre Landschaftsinformationszentrums Möhnesee e.V. in Günne is especially recommendable.
A lake cruise in the catamaran of the Möhneseeschifffahrt (from Easter to October) is also worthwhile.
You could also visit the nearby Kleiberg pastureland nature reserve in Büecke.
Torhaus (235 m)
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The circular trail "Möhnesee Hevehalbinsel" also from the Torhaus. Take the hiking trail A7 in to the car park south of the brigde. From there, yout go back. Alternatively, on the last part of the trail, you can take the hiking trail A1/A6 (Rennweg).
all notes on protected areas
You reach the Torhaus at Lake Möhne via the B 229.
Address for satnavs: Arnsberger Straße 4, 59519 Möhnesee
Google coordinates: 51.472040, 8.098525
You can park at Torhaus
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
You are recommended to take binoculars for bird watching.