Swimming lakes in the Sauerland

Esmecke reservoir near Wenholthausen

A real insider tip in the Eslohe holiday world: The Esmecke reservoir in Wenholthausen, also known as the "Einbergsee". Surrounded by forest with a large lawn for sunbathing, it is a great place to relax at the small bathing lake. The divided bathing bay is easily accessible and the water of the lake is evenly warm. A DLRG station ensures the safety of the visitors. Just above the bathing bay, near the dam wall, there is a small kiosk, which is also used by bikers as a stopover.

Fishing in the Esmecke Reservoir

Fishing in the Esmecke reservoir is only permitted for guests of the Eslohe holiday region. Further information is available from the Verkehrsverein Wenholthausen e.V.

Hennesee in Meschede

Located on the edge of the district town of Meschede, the Hennesee is a scenic eye-catcher and a popular destination for locals and guests alike. The banks of the reservoir offer accommodation for excursionists of all kinds: hiking, cycling, swimming or boating, everything is possible. Via the newly built "Stairway to Heaven" and the HenneBoulevard it is only about two kilometres to the city centre of Meschede with its pedestrian zone and some cosy cafés. The excursion ship of the "white fleet" crosses the lake at regular intervals. With the Schmallenberger Sauerland Card you can travel once per stay (on weekdays from Monday to Friday) at a reduced price on an excursion ship of your choice to Hennesee, Sorpesee, Möhnesee or Biggesee. Adults pay only 2,- € and children only 1,- € on site.

More information about the Hennesee

Lakes in the surroundings

The way there is worthwhile: the bathing lakes in the wider surroundings of Schmallenberg.

View of the Sorpesee | © Foto: Sauerland-Tourismus


One of the large reservoirs of the Sauerland, and at the same time the deepest, is located near Sundern. Lake Sorpe stretches in the north of the Homert Nature Park and offers countless quiet and secluded bays for swimming and relaxing.

During the season between Easter and October the passenger ship "MS Sorpesee" operates with excursions on the lake. Water sports, adventure trails, promenades with refreshment facilities - all this and much more awaits you on a trip to the Sorpesee.

Girl at the edge of the Möhneseesee in Sauerland | © Foto: Sauerland-Tourismus / Tanja Evers

Möhne Lake

Also discover the largest dam in the Sauerland in terms of area: The Möhnesee. Nature, relaxation, but also various activities are possible on the 40 kilometres of shoreline

Three lidos invite you for a day of swimming or for water fun and water sports. Five signposted circular cycle paths and numerous hiking trails through the Arnsberg Forest Nature Park make you want to be active.

Listersee / Lake Bigge in the Sauerland | © Foto: Sauerland-Tourismus / H. D. Wurm

Lake Bigge / Listersee

Lakes Bigge and Lister are the largest dams in NRW. It extends between the district town of Olpe in the south and Attendorn in the far north.

Two excursion ships, the "MS Westfalen" and the "MS Bigge" regularly cross the water during the summer months. Attractive excursion restaurants, beautiful cycle and hiking paths as well as numerous water sports opportunities provide guests with the best holiday enjoyment year after year. The diving school Biggesee, for example, leads into the life below the water surface.

Ruderboot am Diemelsee


Naturerlebnis Diemelsee - experience its idyllic location, in the middle of the untouched nature of the Diemelsee Nature Park with its great abundance of fish, water birds and native game. No matter what season, no matter what time of day - the Diemelsee is fascinating and offers unique views and great photo motives.

Of course, the fans of water sports will also get their money's worth on its shores: excellent water bathing quality, boat hire and a small excursion boat are all available to you.

TippWater ski facility in Niedersfeld

Action? Then let's go to the "Wake & Water" facility in Winterberg on Hillebach Lake. Here you can experience water skiing and wakeboarding for everyone - from beginners to professionals, from young to young-at-heart. An 800-metre-long cable car attracts water-skiers and wakeboarders across Lake Hillebach

The bistro "line up" invites you to stay and watch.

To the water ski facility...