Šmartinsko lake


About 7 km outside the centre of Celje to the north you will find a large oasis called Šmartinsko lake. Both tourists and locals love to go there and have a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

This lake is a meeting point for leisure, sports and fun on the water. There is a well-maintained walking and cycling trail around the lake. While exploring, you can refresh in one of the pubs or sit with your feet up on a waterfront bench. If your body calls for water more than for a footpath, then just take a boat, a kayak or a pedal boat. You can also go for stand-up-paddling or simply decide to jump into the water when the sun above Celje is just right for that.


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  • Wake park
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Hiking trails

Walking around the lake

Take a hike along the lake from the Holy Spirit Church in Nova vas. There is a well-maintained walking trail to the lake. With its many signposts, you will not lose your way. The trail is enjoyed by hikers, joggers, cyclists – and their four-legged friends. Just choose your preferred kind of experience at the lake.

To reach the lake from Celje, just climb the hill and then descend. Thereafter simply follow the walking path which partly runs around the lake as a wooden footbridge. If you start your journey to Šmartinsko lake at the car park, first climb the embankment. You will also appreciate the beaches and corners where you can relax in the shade. From there, you can use the wooden bridge connecting the two lake shores; featuring comfortable stairs, this is a great starting point for a descent into the water.

Pleasure and useful are linked at Šmartinsko lake; the entire walkway features useful information boards presenting all that is interesting about the flora and fauna in and around the lake.

Wake park

Wakeboarding, offering fun and adrenaline, is an increasingly popular sport that combines water skiing and surfing.

Cable wakeboarding is a form of water surfing in which the rider is towed by a cable system. Our park offers a 374-metre two-point cable (system 2.0) for a single rider, which allows adjusting the speed of the tow to the rider’s preferences. Riders can use water skis or a wakeboard with foot bindings for a good grip.

Our experts will provide all necessary instructions and equipment. Beginners will find the board already floating on water, slip into the shoes and grab the cable that will start towing slowly. With a little practice and a bit of luck, you will be wakeboarding in no time.

Springboard at Šmartinsko lake

There are two high jumps on the shores of Šmartinsko lake. Respectively 25 and 17m high, they invite athletes from near and far. They do training and national and inter-state competitions in acrobatic diving.

Fishing at Šmartinsko lake

Fishing amateurs will be very happy at Šmartinsko lake. It is one of the largest artificial lakes in Slovenia currently holding the record for the heaviest carp caught, weighing as much as 34.6kg.

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