Per Madsen’s Pond

Welcome to Per Madsen’s pond situated in Hvidbjerg Plantation. It is a popular and much-visited bathing and walking site with fine natural habitats.
The pond is a nutrient-deficient dune lake with a sandy bottom. The water is soft, with almost no lime, and is therefore home to some rare plants. Among them Water Lobelia (Lobelia dortmanna). It is this plant that gives its name to this type of habitat, the Lobelia lakes.

The water is extremely clear with very good visibility. It is no more than 1 meter deep and thus a suitable bathing place for children.

Some of the other plants in the pond are Pillwort (Pilularia globulifera), Quillwort (Isoëtes echinospora) and Littorella (Littorella uniflora).

As soon as you get out of the car you will notice the surrounding oak scrub growing on the sand. There is also a thin layer of moss and lichen that covers the sand and gives its name to this kind of dune, the grey dune. This layer is very thin and fragile and easily eroded.

The pathway from the car park to the pond is just 150 metres and consists of pure sand, as the covering vegetation has been removed by the passage of many feet. Here you can really appreciate that you are walking on an old sand dune, even though you are at least 5 km from the sea. You also get an impression of how high the dune is, as you look down on the lake from the highest point.

The trees around the lake are often mountain pine (Pinus mugo), and with good stands of birch, oak and willow. In former times the lake dried out in dry summers, before the roadway west of the lake was built in the 1930’s. It functions as a dam and the lake now holds water all the year round. West of the dam is a fine wet meadow.

The Nature Agency in Thy has made a pathway round the lake and other trails further out in the area that are 2 or 5 km. You can start from the car park on the coast road or from the car park closest to the lake.

There are picnic benches at the car park on the coast road. Also an information board and brochures about Thy National Park and Hvidbjerg Plantation. There are sitting spots placed around the lake with good views over the lake. West of the lake is a good viewing tower with a good chance of seeing Red Deer or Roe Deer if you are very quiet.

  • Per Madsen’s pond is a popular and much-visited bathing and walking site with fine natural habitats
  • The habitat type is oligotrophic (nutrient deficient) dune lake
  • 10 ha.