The large open water surface of the reservoir and the little amount of disturbance during wintertime attracts thousands of wintering waterbirds, making the area one of the best places in North Rhine-Westphalia to look for ducks etc. Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver (Arctic Loon), Slavonian Grebe (Horned Grebe), Red-necked Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Smew, Greater Scaup, Velvet Scoter and Common Scoter are recorded regularly (but not annually), besides high numbers of the more common species like Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Common Goldeneye, Goosander, Great Crested Grebe and Little Grebe. The rivers that feed and exit the lake are holding several breeding pairs of White-throated Dipper, Common Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail. The surrounding forests are also interesting, where some territories of Grey-headed Woodpecker can be found. With low water levels in late summer and autumn, the resulting mudflats become attractive for migrating waders, like Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover and Common Ringed Plover.
There are several (mostly paid) parking possibilities around the lake. Considering the size of the lake it's best to take the road around the lake by car and stop at interesting lookout places, e.g. the dam in the northwest corner or the bridges. The southern part of the lake is not accessible by car, it's possible to park the car and explore the shore by foot or bike.
Terrain and HabitatLake
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonWinter, Autumn, Spring
Best time to visitWinter
RoutePaved road, Narrow trail, Wide path, Unpaved road
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
The forests of Arnsberger Wald are very near and a trip in February could be easily combined with a search for the six species of woodpeckers that nest there. Moreover, Boreal Owl and Eurasian Pygmy-Owl can be found in the forests south and southeast of the Möhne Reservoir.