Möhne Reservoir

North Rhine-Westphalia  >  Germany

A large reservoir (1000 ha) and Special Protected Area at the edge of the heavily forested low-mountain range "Arnsberger Wald".

Added* by Jonas Brüggeshemke
Most recent update 12 February 2020


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 Habitat



Flat , Hilly

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

Winter , Autumn , Spring

Best time to visit



Paved road , Narrow trail , Wide path , Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


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