Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Lake Filsø was once one of the largest lakes in Denmark with an area of approximately 3,600 ha. Over the centuries, man has shaped the lake. In the Middle Ages, around 1140, the first watermill was built near the Henne Mølleå stream. The watermills were a new way of using the natural forces, and at the same time, they used a dam to regulate the size of the lake.
From the end of the 18th century, the possibility of land reclamation was covered by a partial drainage of the lake and 1852 removed the new owners of the lake Filsø the dam at the mill Henne Mølle, whereby the area of the lake of about 2,100 ha to 750 ha was reduced. This was the land reclamation in Filsø been rung. Less than 100 years later, the drainage of lakes Mellemsø and Søndersø was re-established, and in 1951, another 750 ha of lake were converted to land for agricultural use. After that, there was only a fraction of the original lake, the Fidde Sø in the northeastern corner of the old lake.
In 2010, Aage V. Jensen Naturfond Foundation bought Filsø. From a total of 2,300 ha, a lake of 915 ha was recreated. Together with Fidde Sø and Søvigsund, the new lake area is 1,030 ha. Filsø today consists of three lakes: Mellemsø, Søndersø and Fidde Sø.
March 13, 2019
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