Sorpesee – The Sorpe Dam – NRW, Germany (March 2017)

The Sorpe Dam (German: Sorpetalsperre) is a dam on the Sorpe river, near the small town of Sundern in the district of Hochsauerland in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is a short 55km drive away from Dortmund (~40 minutes one-way).

Together with the Biggesee, the Möhne Reservoir, and the Verse reservoir, the Sorpe Reservoir is one of the major artificial lakes of the Sauerland’s Ruhrverband reservoir association. Besides serving as a water supply, it is utilized for electricity generation and as a leisure and recreation area.

Private motor boats are prohibited on the reservoir to prevent oil spills and for maintaining a high drinking water quality.

Today, the Sorpe Reservoir affords opportunities to several recreational activities like scuba diving, rowing, yachting, windsurfing, beach volleyball, and recreational fishing, while the surrounding area offers a golf course, hiking trails, rock climbing, four lakeshore campsites on the west bank, and more. It has therefore become a favourite local recreation area for residents of the nearby Ruhr Area and is also popular with Dutch tourists. The passenger motor ship MS Sorpesee is available for outings during the summer season. Four DLRG lifeguard bases as well as a Red Cross base on campsite 3 provide safety.

We arrived on a Saturday at around 12:00, so the place can feel a little empty in the first photos. On weekends people in Germany don’t go out so early (in Spring).

In Conclusion

Compared to Möhne Reservoir this place looks much more interesting, as there are more activities for families with children. I’ll be sure to visit this place in a few months and show you what it looks like in better weather.

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