Zalew Krzeszówek

The deposit of chalk molding sands (for the preparation of molding and core sands in the foundry industry) in Krzeszówek near Krzeszów was exploited industrially from the end of the 19th century. The sands from Krzeszówek are characterized by high purity and were once very desirable - in the 1980s the mine itself was part of Przedsiebiorstwo Dostaw Materiałów Odlewniczych in Tychy. A standard-gauge railway siding (1.5 km long) from the station in Krzeszów was connected to the mine. It was the longest used section of the Zadrny Valley Railway line. This stream was crossed by trains on the plate girder bridge that still exists today. The siding functioned until the beginning of the 90s - it was serviced by steam locomotives from Kamienna Góra. Currently (from about 2011) the mine is closed, its property is plundered, and the excavations (approx. 20 m deep) have been filled with water and are being used as a bathing site - which is not entirely safe. In 2013, another geological survey of the deposit was prepared, and perhaps in the coming years, sand extraction will be resumed.The Krzeszówkek reservoir was built after a flooded quartz sand mine, at the bottom there are many things from the heyday of this excavation. The whole body of water is situated in a picturesque area. The lake is often visited by amateurs of summer recreation by the water. In the summer season, be careful with scooters! The shape of the bottom and transparency mean that the flashlight is often unnecessary there. The transparency of the water is at the level of 8-9 meters. The bumpy shape of the bottom and the underwater forest creating an amazing climate and the rays of the sun breaking through it. The place is very diverse when it comes to views from the shore, but in places even beautiful. Large shoals of fish often appear in the vicinity of the flooded forest. Among the fish, we can find here perch, roach and pikes. Unfortunately, there is no diving infrastructure there.

Izabela, volunteer of European Solidarity Corps in In Situ Foundation in Sokolowsko.This project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps.#EuropeanSolidarityCorps

Author: European Volunteers in Poland

A blog curated by volunteers taking part in European Solidarity Corps initiative in Poland and coordinated by Active Woman Association

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