Kemnader See

Nordrhein-Westfalen  >  Germany

Reservoir of the river Ruhr. Interesting winter quarters for waterfowl and gulls. Overrun by people looking for relaxation in summer.

Added* by Thomas Griesohn
Most recent update 7 March 2023


The Kemnader See is located on the southern outskirts of the city of Bochum and borders on Witten and Hattingen. The shore of the reservoir is developed with paved paths and a cycle path. The lake is traversed by the river Ruhr, in the estuary area of the river, gravel islands are formed, where mainly gulls (up to 6 species!) can be observed in winter. The lake is also a roosting place for Canada Goose and Greylag Goose in winter. In winter: regular Common Goldeneye, Smew, Goosander, Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Teal, Gadwall and Mallard. Velvet Scoter, Black-throated Diver (Arctic Loon), Red-throated Diver are occasional winter visitors, and Great Northern Diver (Common Loon) have also been observed. Common Kingfisher can be seen regularly all year round, Sand Martin in summer. Common Tern and Black Tern are migrants, as is Osprey. The black swans, which have been breeding here regularly for many years, are famous.



Accessible by car via the A43 motorway, exit Witten-Herbede. Parking spaces at the "Freiteitbad Heveney". Click on the P in the map for directions. Bus stops "Freizeitbad Heveney" and in the south "Herbede Mitte" and "Wittener Straße".

Terrain and Habitat

River , City/village , Lake , Scattered trees and bushes , Grassland


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Autumn , Spring , Winter

Best time to visit



Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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