Tips for water sports enthusiasts!

Staying safe in and on Lake Achensee

Safe, fair and eco-conscious: While Lake Achensee offers numerous opportunities for water sports and fun, it is important to keep safety in mind when enjoying time in or on the water. Please follow our safety guidelines and be respectful of others.

  • Check the weather forecast: Thunderstorms and strong winds can be dangerous.
  • Make sure that you have the proper equipment and that it is safe to use.
  • Keep within designated areas for the respective type of water sports!
  • Right of way: Educate yourself on navigation rules.
  • Ships of the Achenseeschifffahrt and vessels with flashing blue lights always have the right of way. Make sure to take early action to avoid collision by stopping, slowing down or changing course. Maintaining a safe distance from port entrances and piers is mandatory.
  • Additional navigation rules: The hierarchy of lake users is wind-powered, human-powered, motor-powered. Always give priority to the right. For details, please refer to the special regulations for the different types of water sports.
  • We’re all in the same boat! Remember that you share the waters with other water sports enthusiasts, swimmers, and boat users. Keep your distance and respect their rights to safety, access and use of the water.
  • Buoys, cans and markers are the „traffic signals“ on the water.
  • Get information about water levels and currents.
  • On the southern shore of Lake Achensee, a reed bed has developed, please keep a safe distance. Follow this link to find out more. 
  • Take your rubbish home or throw it in the bins at the lakeshore.
  • Listen to the sound of silence: Visitors to Lake Achensee want to experience quiet and calm, and we kindly ask you not to use music speakers. 

Contact the local information offices and visit this page to find out where sailing is allowed on Lake Achensee, what type of boats are permitted, and navigation rules.

Where are the designated wind and kite surfing areas? What’s the appropriate minimum distance? Who has the right of way? Where can you buy surfing permits? Contact the local information offices and visit this page to find out more.

What’s the maximum watt capacity allowed for electric boat motors in Tirol? Where can you get a boat licence? Contact the local information offices and visit this page to find out more.

Where are the top diving spots in Lake Achensee? When is the dive season? Contact the local information offices and visit this page to find out more.

Visit this page to get information on fishing licences, fishing permits, the best fishing grounds, and more.

In case of an emergency

  • Emergency numbers: 144 (ambulance), 140 (emergency number for alpine accidents in Austria), 112 (European emergency number)
  • Emergency app „SOS EU Alp“: This app shares your GPS coordinates with local emergency response teams, reducing the time between alert and rescue considerably. The app is a valuable addition to the official alpine emergency number 140.

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