Lake Burtnieks is the fourth largest lake in Latvia, which is 13.5 km long in the western part of North Vidzeme. The average depth is 2.4 m, the maximum depth is 4.3 m and the width is 5.5 km.

23 rivers and streams flow into the lake, but only one flows out – Salaca. There are two nature observation towers on the shore. You can go to one of them by walking along the less than 2 km long Vīsrags Nature Trail, which leads along the shore of the lake, while the Silzemnieki nature observation tower is located on the northeast side of the lake. From the observation towers you can see not only the beautiful landscape, but also various bird species, because the lake, reeds and vast floodplain meadows are an important area for both water and meadow birds and travelers. Burtnieks is one of the most legendary lakes in Latvia, but in appropriate weather conditions (most often in autumn and spring) it is possible to observe and capture a unique natural phenomenon – the northern lights. During the warm seasons, you can indulge in various water activities – swimming, boating or SUP boarding. The boat Made Marija also takes guests on trips along the lake.

Lake Burtnieks is rich in more than 20 different fish species and licensed fishing is also possible here.


It is hard to find someone in the far and near vicinity of the legendary Burtnieks who has not heard of Burtnieks’ zander. It is called the king of the Burtnieks and the most valuable fish that everyone wants to catch – both seasoned fishermen and beginners..

Fresh, naturally grown and caught Burtnieka zander is a symbol of quality and ecology. It’s no wonder that Burtnieka zander has found a place both in the oldest cookbook published in Latvian more than 200 years ago, and in the menus of the best restaurants in Latvia today.

In the Valmiera region, the Burtnieka zander is offered for tasting in the restaurants Rātes vārti, Vecpuisis, hotel Wolmar restaurant and the cafe Burtniekkrasts.

If you happen to see the Burtnieka zander logo, its a guarantee, that the purchased zander is grown and caught in the lake Burtnieks.

Zīmols Burtnieka zandarts
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