Sprinters natural spaces: Engure Lake nature park

The Engure Lake Nature Park was established in 1998 and it contains not only the Engure Lake but also the seashore of the Gulf of Riga, from Mērsrags to Engure. The total area is 12 480 square kilometre and Lake Engure is the longest lake of Latvia. Lake Engure is one of Latvia’s largest lakes (41.3 km2) and the very largest in the Coastal Lowland. The lake, about 2–5 km wide, stretches parallel to the west coast of the Gulf of Riga for 17 km, being separated from the gulf by a belt of land that is generally 1.2–2.8 km wide.

Canoe competition, author of the photo Zane Alkšbirze
Canoe competition, author of the photo Zane Alkšbirze

The Lake Engure catchment area is one of the most contrasting areas of Latvia, where the influence of the natural conditions on human economic activities and on overall landscape characteristics is very vividly expressed. The natural conditions have always had, and still have, a significant influence on human activities, settlement pattern, land use and economic activities.

This area can involve sports such as: nordic hiking, canoeing, jogging and fishing.