Pogoria lakes are group of artificial lakes in Silesian Voivodeship, Poland. Much of the lakes are located in Dąbrowa Górnicza but some parts of Pogoria IV are situated in Wojkowice Kościelne and Kuźnica Podleśna.
see Dąbrowa Górnicza
Pogoria lakes are composed by four lakes:
The oldest of lakes, in the past popular resting destination, nowadays it lost its popularity for nearby Pogoria III. There're a public beach with sport center. You can also see Matheron workers' colony built in Scandinavian-like style. There's a wild beach nearby. Part of the lake's a protected area called Młaki nad Pogorią.
Tiny lake surrounded by forest. It's a protected area inhabited by many bird species (many very rare). You can get it on foot or bike from Pogoria I or rest your car on car park close to Pogoria III yacht club.
The most famous of Pogoria lakes. It's famous by big, public beach and nearby bars and restaurants. There're also pristine beaches on lake's peninsula (Cypel), Piekło and Marianki districts. Car parks are mostly full in weekends and summer time, so the best way's to come early. You can reach Cypel from public beach ( about 1 km ) or leave your car on small car park on Klonowa street.
The biggest and newest of the lakes with growing popularity. There're pristine beaches in Wojkowice Kościelne and district of Piekło. Sand martins (Riparia riparia) use to have their colonies near beaches in the district of Piekło. There's a naturist beach in district of Ujejsce. It's landscapes and water color make it similar to Croatian ones.
Beaches are the main reason of visiting Pogoria lakes. There're two public beaches : on Pogoria I and III lakes. Pogoria IV ans well as Pogoria III have some wild beaches.
Pogoria lakes are ideal for sailing. There're yacht clubs on Pogoria I, III (Piekło district) and IV (Ratanice district).
There're canoes and water bikes rentals on Pogoria I and III lakes.
Lots of people have their barbecue on Pogoria lakes. There're three barbecue gazebos on Pogoria III lakes- on main beach, in Marianki district and on Cypel.
There're many bike paths near the lakes. You can visit all of them on your bike.
Pogoria III lake is popular among fishers.
There're many events organised on Pogoria III and sporadic on Pogoria I and IV.
Lakes are very safe but swimming on wild beaches is forbidden and dangerous. If you are drunk, don't go on wild beaches! Remember that drinking any kind of alcohol on beaches is forbidden. Public beaches on Pogoria I and III are safe for swimming and guarded.
There're many resorts and hotels near the lake: OW Wodnik, OW Tramp, hotel Shuma, Pensjonat Kotwica, Laguna, Catamaran, OW Atol and Rybaczówka. Pitching a tent is available after earlier request.
There's no accommodation on the lake. Many people use to pitch their tents in the birch forest located on the left from public beach, near Pogoria stream. You can sleep in your camper on the car park on the crossroad of Olszowa and Graniczna streets or on one in Piekło district.
In the past many people used to pitch tents and sleep in campers near Wojkowice Kościelne beach but now it's forbidden. You can sleep in camper on car parks in Piekło and Marianki districts and Kuźnica Podleśna.