The Schwarzenbach dam is the largest reservoir in the northern Black Forest and measures around 2.5km in length.
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The dam is located at an altitude of 668.5 metres between the Schwarzwaldhochstraße and the Murgtal on the L 83, around 10km from Forbach. The water is conducted through underground and above-ground pressure tunnels and pipes to the Rudolf-Fettweis-Werk (EnBW) in Forbach to generate electricity.
Due to its idyllic location, surrounded by the Black Forest mountains, the lake is a popular destination for boating, hiking, cycling and swimming in both summer and winter. The accessible wall coping measures a length of approx. 400 metres.
Circular route around the Schwarzenbach dam
The circular route around the lake is around 6.5 kilometres long. It runs along the lake on the northern shore and returns through the forest on the southern side. There are several information boards along the bank path, providing information about the construction history of the dam and the technology used to generate electricity.
Swimming in the reservoir
The dam is not a designated bathing lake. There is no supervision of the water, but swimming is permitted. At high temperatures, blue-green algae can occur in the lake. In this case or for operational reasons, the operator can issue temporary bans on swimming, which are indicated by signs.
The dam can be easily reached from Forbach or Bühl or the Schwarzwaldhochstraße via the KVV bus line 263.