Kočevje forest - Woodland around Kočevje
The region's highlands are rich in wildlife, their great forests of spruce, beech and fir providing ideal habitat for wolf, bear, lynx and other species. Chamois are found on the steep rocks above the Kolpa, and capercaillie may be seen on some of the high tracts. Clearly marked forest trails and paths invite further exploration, while the high clearings and plateaux offer expansive vistas. In some of the high clearings you will see stands of lime and fruit trees, poignant reminders of the churches and villages whose people have long since departed the area.
The village of Koprivnik, in a high valley to the south-east of Kočevje, is one of the few extant villages of any size, and was originally settled in the 14th century. More recent tragic events after the Second World War are immortalised by 15 fine wooden sculptures on Kočevski Rog, a monument created by the local sculptor Stane Jarm in 1998 in the form of the Stations of the Cross.
The lake of Kočevje
Creation of artificial lake reaches to year 1978, when the production of coal was stopped. The water from mine stream, which was before exhausted and used for coal washing, filled the mining site. Large tubes, which led to river Rinža almost two kilometers away, were of fit. Anxiety before lake flood is today to a spare.
Range of lake is settled richly with vegetables and animal types today. Here nests over 64 species of birds, 15 of them are on the Red list of endangered bird species, which nest in Slovenia. Here over go birds flaying ways from northern and central Europe to Mediterranean and Africa. The lake is wonderful site for observing and studding the birds, and also for fishing. Small bushes growing near the coast, where nests numerous crabs. In the lake area is known 15 species of dragonfly. In the area higher above the lake is growing high grass, where birds make their nests every year.
Mirna gora Mountain
Mirna gora is the highest peak in Bela krajina (1047) and at the same time one of the southeasrern most risings of the vast Kočevski Rog. The belvedere guarantees a fantastic view of Bela krajina and Kolpa all the way to Karlovac and the Gorski Kotar mountain range in Croatia. Thr mountain lodge is the only constantly tended highland post. Mirna gora and Planina below it are the starting points and the final aim for many walking routes.
The stream Reški potok is a karst underground stream which springs in Može near Kočevska Reka. It disappears underground after approximately 3000 m. As late as the 1920s there used to be three mills and sawmills situated along it. They were called Zgornji, Srednji and Spodnji mlin (Upper, Middle and Lower Mill). Nowadays piles of rocks and a few walls hardly remind of their existence. In the 1970s the fishermen suggested damming the stream, so the preparatory works started in 1977. The surface of the lake extends over 18 hectares and depends on the water level. The lower part of the lake is intended for fishing and other types of recreation, whereas the upper part is a natural breeding area for fish and nesting birds. The forest zone along the lake and the stream, consisting mainly of thick Norway spruce and silver fir, was proclaimed a 51,03-hectare natural reserve called The Lake (Jezero).
Fun fact: The lake is wonderful site for observing and studding the birds, and also for fishing. Small bushes growing near the coast, where nests numerous crabs. In the lake area is known 15 species of dragonfly.