The history of Lake Tisza dates back to the 1960s when, after a long planning process, the construction of the Kisköre Dam began. It was handed over in 1973 after 6 years and aimed to facilitate water supply to the Great Hungarian Plain and regulate the floods of the River Tisza.
Interesting fact: the filling of the reservoir was not completed soon either: it was finished in 1978. Lake Tisza, in its current form with the fascinating bodies of water, islands, backwaters and shallow channels, was created at that time at the place of the fields.
The “heart” of Lake Tisza is the dam which primarily aims to raise the water level of River Tisza to the specified level and constantly maintain the water level of the lake. Additional facilities in the Kisköre Dam are the hydroelectric power station which plays a major role in the country’s environment-friendly energy supply, and the ship lock ensuring continuous vessel traffic on the Tisza.
The Kisköre Dam is Hungary’s largest hydroelectric power station put into operation in 1974 with an installed capacity of 28 MW. The hydropower generated by damming the river powers four pipe turbine generators, which creates electricity in a sustainable, environment-friendly manner.