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Harcov Dam

Jizera Mountains

Liberec, 460 15

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The dam is located at the centre of the city of Liberec, it is a popular destination not only for swimming but for walks as well.

The Liberec dam was built between the years 1902-1904 and is part of the Iser mountain system of dams designed by Professor Otto Intz from Aachen. The Viennese company N. Rella & Neffe and the Liberec company W. Streitzig & Co. collaborated in the construction. Altogether five of the six planned dams were realised. In addition to the Liberec one they were the Mšeno, Bedřichov, Fojtka and Mlýnice dams. The impetus for their creation came from the devastating floods in the end of the 19th century, especially in the year 1897, which had catastrophic consequences for the residents of the submontane areas. The necessary funds for their construction were supplied by local businessmen, including the Liebiegs. Johann Liebieg & Co. also used water from the Liberec dam for its operation and the villa of Theodor Liebig Jr. was also supplied from it.

The Harcov water reservoir, also called the Harcovská Dam or Liberecká Dam, is situated not far from the centre of the city, in the valley of the Harcovský Brook, surrounded with forest from one side and with a peaceful villa quarter from the other side. It is used by local people for swimming, walks and relaxation.

The only larger beach is on the right bank, near the dyke, and offers all basic services: there are toilets, showers, a beach volleyball ground, refreshments and a restaurant. The beach is covered with grass or sand; the bank is medium steep.

The dyke is 20.5 m high, 157 m long, and its crown is 13 m above the surrounding ground level. The reservoir capacity is 630,000 cubic meters. It retains water coming from the water basin sized 14.78 square kilometres.

At present, the water reservoir is used for recreation by the population of Liberec. Originally, it was designed for flood protection and was used as water resource for industrial companies. The surrounding area is known for the presence of protected species: toad, newt, spotted woodpecker, spotted flycatcher and hedgehog.

Area: 12 hectares.


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Permits: Celosvazová povolenka

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