Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
The water produced by gravel is 83.6 ha and up to 13.4 m deep. Around the lake lies the nature reserve Unterbacher See / Eller Forst, which consists mostly of loose forest. Within this forest there are numerous hiking and biking trails. In the lake itself there are four designated as bird sanctuary islands. The body of water is connected via a ditch with the Laichteich and the adjacent Eselsbach. It was created by dredging for gravel and sand extraction between 1926 and 1973. During the Second World War, here was a mock airfield of the German Luftwaffe designed to deceive allied bombers.
The lake is an important recreational area for the Greater Dusseldorf and is managed by the Zweckverband recreational area Unterbacher See, which was founded on 7 February 1956 and consists of the neighboring cities of Dusseldorf, Erkrath and Hilden. Campsites, a high ropes course and swimming beaches can be found on the north and south banks, the latter also a nudist beach. The Strandbad Nord was opened in 1959 with a bathhouse, the Strandbad Süd followed in 1966. On the north shore are also a viewing terrace with a restaurant, a miniature golf course and a small sailboat harbor with boat rentals as well as a rowing harbor used by Düsseldorfer  and Erkrather  schools. There are parking spaces at both beach baths, but they are busy in good weather. The journey is also possible by bus and bicycle.
March 15, 2015
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