The Maribo Lakes
The Maribo Lakes are 1140 hectares and one of Denmarks largest freshwater systems. Søndersø, the largest, is the 8th largest lake in Denmark. Søndersø has 3 basin areas with 13 islands, 6 islets, and 3 quaking islands – and is without doubt the most island-dotted lake in Denmark. Røgbølle Sø is second in size, followed by Hejrede Sø and Nørresø.Most of the lakes are privately owned, with the manor farms of Søholt, Engestofte and Knuthenborg being amongst the primary owners.
The Municipality of Lolland owns Hestø, Fruerø and Præstø, and there is public access to these islands. The other islands are privately owned by the manors of Søholt and Engestofte. Borgø, with 17 hectares, is the largest, and the only island to have been inhabited in recent times. Many of the smaller islands are very important bird colonies - breeding localities for amongst others Common Terns and Black-headed Gulls.
Søndersø (1) Water surface: 852 hectares
Denmarks 8th largest lake. The water table is ideally 8,8 metres over sea level. Before 1800 the water table was over 1 metre higher. The lake drains into Nørresø.
Røbølle Sø (4) Water surface: 197 hectares
The second largest of the Maribo Lakes. The water table was raised 0,25 metres after 1980. This resulted in an increase of more than 25% in water volume. The lake drains into Søndersø at Søholt.
Hejrede Sø (2) Water surface: 51 hectares
Before the water levels sank, this lake was part of Søndersø. The water table (approx. 7 metres above sea level) is regulated by a pumping station. This drains the farmlands to the east of the lake.
Nørresø (3) Water surface: 40 hectares
In 1942 the lake was divided by a causeway. The lake receives all the run-off water from the other lakes. The water runs from Søndersø Lake through Hunsåen and out to the Smålandshavet.
1 hectare=2.47 British/US acres).
Sø = lake (Søndersø)
Å = brook (Hunså)
Havet = sea (Smålandshavet)
Ø = island (Præstø)