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JUODLĖ LAKE COGNITIVE PATH

Location: N55° 49` 51.6", E23° 3` 2.547" | Website: kurtuva.lt/LV/contacts-contacts/

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Kurtuvėnai Regional Park (KRP) was established in 1992 to preserve the landscape of the hills of Eastern Samogitia, also its natural ecosystem and cultural heritage, to create conditions for recreation, and to encourage traditional lifestyles. The park covers an area of 17 thousand hectares in Šiauliai and Kelmė regions. About 1200 people live there constantly. There are about 900 species of plants found. The working hours on the work days are 11 a.m – 5 p.m. On weekends 11a.m.-6 p.m. (in summer season from 1st May to 1st October.) In the winter season from 1st October till 1st May it is closed on weekends. The address: 2 Parko st., Kurtuvėnai LT-80223, Šiauliai district. 55 ° 49'35.91 "N 23 ° 2'54.79" E to view a map, tel. +370 41 370 333, +370 618 29964, email: info@kurtuva.lt. Juodlė educational trail is intended to acquaint visitors with the values of the natural landscape. 4.5 km long trail around the lake Juodlė is equipped with 12 stops with information boards, bird watching and swamps viewing towers and a wooden walkway through the swamp. 

The lake Juodlė is in the place of dissolved glacier lagoon which was between Šaukėnai and Užventis 10 thousand years ago. Subsequently, the water eroded through Vainagiai-Raudsparnės ridges and leaked to Venta-Dubysa old valley. A plain with small streams and lakes was left in the bottom of it. Then the arctic climate prevailed, and the coast of the eastern gulf led to a frigid desert. Variable winds formed dunes which overgrew with forest when the climate became warmer. Over thousands of years the lake Juodlė obsoleted, its bottom was deposited of billions of dead microscopic organisms. Their bodies together with the minerals formed a sediment layer from one and a half to five meters thick. The large decomposed plant residues formed up to three meters thick peat layer, the edges of the lake are overgrown with large water plants.

Juodlė was almost blocked fifty years ago. Only about half a hectare of water "eye" with an island was left from the lake. A waterlogged meadow surrounded the small area of water. In 1965 the people of Šaukėnai poured an embankment and stopped the effluent stream from the lake. The water in the lake rose about a meter. However, the dam, which was poured using shovels and barrows, was not reliable. In 1969 the lake embankment was promoted and strengthened. Piles of dredged ground became islands when the lake water rose. At present, the lake has 8 small islands, where lush grassy vegetation and birch grow. In summer, when the water warms, the peat come up to the surface and then sink to the bottom again. Juodlė is refreshed by a springy stream that does not dry out or freeze. In the southern part of the lake several other shorter streams join the lake. The lake is pretty fishy. You can catch pikes in the winter under the ice, in the spring and summer tenches, roaches and laments strike. According to a variety of birds Juodlė is the richest lake in Kurtuvėnai Regional Park. During the breeding season about 30 species of birds are found there. In 1967 Juodlė was announced as a reservation of waterfowl.

The Juodlė Mount is the last stop of the path. The mount overlooks the expressive landscape: forested hills, sprouting reeds in the lake, coastal houses. By the lake Juodlė you can rest, go swimming or fishing. In order to preserve a variety of terrains, distinctive sandy hills, waterlogged Ilgažeris waterhole, the Ilgos River valley, rare plant and animal habitats around the lake Juodlė, Ilgos landscape reserve was established in Kurtuvėnai Regional Park.

In Kurtuvėnai Regional Park you can find:

1. A Living Horse Museum. Working hours: from 12:00 to 6 p.m. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Address: 2 Parko st., Kurtuvėnai LT-80223, Šiauliai district. Tel. +37064033 444, email: info@kurtuva.lt

2. Jautmalkė Nature School. Please arrange your visit in advance. Jautmalkė I village, Kukečiai, Kelmė district, Šiauliai region, tel. +370 650 66791, email: gamtosmokykla@kurtuva.lt

3. Camping. During the summer season (May to September) open daily from 8a.m. to 10 p.m. If you want to arrive at a different time, please notify in advance. Address: 2 Parko st, Kurtuvėnai LT-80223 Šiauliai district. Tel. +370 41 370333, email: info@kurtuva.lt

4. Kurtuvėnai Regional Park, 2 Park st., LT-80223 Kurtuvėnai, Šiauliai district.

5. Kurtuvėnai manor center. Working hours: on working days 11 a.m. - 5p.m., at weekends 11a.m. – 6p.m., (during the summer season from 1st May till 1st October). In the winter season from 1st October till 1st May it is closed at weekends. Address: 2 Parko st, Kurtuvėnai LT-80223, Šiauliai district. Tel. +370 41 370 333, +370 618 29964, (8 41) 595273, email: info@kurtuva.lt.