Lake Kerkini NP - Western Embankment

Kerkini harbour  >  Greece

Lake Kerkini is a National Park and considered as one of Greece’s most important wetlands.

Most recent update 17 February 2022


Lake Kerkini is a fresh water lake, fed by the Strymon River and is about fifteen kilometres long and nine kilometres across. The lake and the surrounding wetlands are bordered by the Kerkini Mountains to the north and the Marvovouni Mountains to the south. Lake Kerkini is a fantastic place for birding. In Lake Kerkini National Park you can see more than 300 bird species. Among them 137 of these species nest, 134 overwinter and 163 use the area as a stopover. Many thousands of waterfowl overwinter in the lake. But all year long you can see great birds. Endangered species that breed here include Pygmy Cormorant and Dalmatian Pelican. Lake Kerkini is also an important wintering area for Dalmatian Pelican. Other interesting birds you can encounter are Squacco Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Great Reed Warbler and Golden Oriole. The area also is rich in birds of prey because the nearby forests and mountains provide nesting grounds for the eagles, falcons and owls that forage in the area. Among the birds of prey that can be seen are Imperial Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Greater Spotted Eagle and Golden Eagle.



Around 100 km North of Thessaloniki, head towards Serres, then Lake Kerkini and Lithotopos, follow the road towards Iraklia then onto Megalochori where you follow the local sign's for the Lake.

Terrain and Habitat

Lake , Wetland


Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter , Autumn migration , Spring migration


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


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