The Maribo Lakes
The Maribo Lakes are one of the most highly classified natural areas in Denmark. They have a rich bird population and, besides being protected by the EU (EEC ?? ) Bird Directive, have also been designated as a so-called Ramsar site (an international convention for the protection of wetlands). To protect the other organisms and habitats (animals, plants, swamps, etc. and their biotopes) the area is also protected by the EU (EEC ?? ) Habitat Directive. In 2000, Maribo Wildlife Preserve was created, which restricts access and use of the area, including limitations on sailing and hunting.
Soendersoe is the largest of the Maribo lakes, with a water area of 852 hectares and a shoreline 32 kilometers long. It consists of three basins and has more islands than any other lake in Denmark – 13 islands, 6 islets, and 3 bog islets. The average depth is 1.7 meters and the greatest depth is 5 m.
Roegboelle Soe contains four wooded islands in the 197 hectare lake in addition to an almost closed-off area in the southeastern corner, Soerup Soe (8 hectares). The average depth is 1 m, but small holes can be up to 4 m deep.
Hejrede has an area of 51 hectares, with an average depth of 90 centimeters and holes of up to 3.5 m deep.
Noerresoe has an area of 40 hectares, an average depth of 1.3 m and holes up to 3.3 m deep.