What about when you visit Lake Hornborga? In nature reserves, the freedom to roam, or the right of public access, is restricted. You can learn here about the rules that apply when you are here in the nature. The rules exist so that the plants, wild animals, birds and humans will be able to enjoy the area here for many years to come.

RULES of Lake Hornborga

  • During the period 1 March to 15 July no humans are allowed in the Bird Reserve in the south part of the lake. In the north part of the lake the Bird Reserve is on 20 March to 15 July. You may always walk the designated hiking trails.  
  • If you have your dog with you, remember to keep you dog on a leash at all times.
  • Campfires are only allowed in specifically prepared sites.
  • You are only allowed wo sleep in tent in designated sites.
  • Fishing is only allowed with a fishing license.
  • Horseback riding is not allowed.
  • Be careful not to disturb the wildlife, for example by photographing bird nests up too close.
  • Motorboats and powered craft may not be used on the lake or ice.
  • Park your motor vehicle, caravan, or campervan or motorhome only in designated locations.
  • The posting of posters or similar items is prohibited.
  • Avoid breaking twigs, digging up plants, or otherwise damaging living or dead trees or shrubs.

Where to hike

Large parts of the nature reserve are bird sanctuary areas from 1 March to 15 July. The birds are breeding at the time and people are not allowed there at that time. This applies to the entire lake, its shoreline/beaches and the wetlands with food in the southern part of the lake.

During this period, it is not permissible to leave the hiking trail and go down to the shore. The reason for this is that you risk stepping on bird nests and disturbing the bird life. The border is marked with signs along the lake. On the map of the wildlife refuge reserve you can see the bird sanctuary areas marked with a red-dotted line.

However you can also walk on the hiking trails during the bird protection period. These are marked with black dots on the map of the Nature Reserve. Out in the field, you might also see painted trail posts describing where the trail goes. An exception exists for the trail at Ore backar. This is completely closed between 20 March and 30 April.

where to make a fire

You can only light fires at specifically prepared barbecue sites. These can be found at Fågeludden, Fäholmen and at Utloppet. In all other locations, it is prohibited to start a fire. Even with disposable (one-time use) barbeques.

However you are allowed to use charcoal barbecues with legs and camping stoves in the reserve.

At our grilling areas there is wood to use and grills that are height-adjustable. And remember, always double check that the fire is fully extinguished before you leave.

During dry summers, a ban on lighting fires (open burning prohibition) can also be issued at designated campfire sites.

How to bring your dog

As in most nature reserves, you will need to keep your dog on a leash when walking in the vicinity of Lake Hornborga. This applies all year round.

Most of the trails go through pastures. From May to October, there are usually animals there. Grazing animals often find dogs threatening. Therefore this situation can pose a risk to both you and your dog. Therefore, avoid walking with a dog in pastures where there are other animals present.

There is usually no of grazing animals near the naturum by Fågeludden. You can also ask at the naturum if you want to find more areas where there are no grazing animals.

Where to put up a tent

You are allowed to sleep in tent here but only in designated sites. There are four designated small areas in the nature reserve. 

  • At Trandansen near the church.
  • At Fågeludden near Doppingen. 
  • At Utloppet, between the parking area and grilling area. 

ALLEMANSRÄTTEN, the right of public access

In Sweden, the right of public access the Swedish institution of allemansrätten, the right of public access, prevails. This means that everyone has access to nature. You can swim, hike and camp in the nature. At the same time, there are also obligations associated with this right of public access. In protected nature such as Lake Hornborga Nature Reserve, the right of public access is restricted. Therefore the rules that we have described on this page are the rules that apply. 

Contact us with your questions

Do you have questions about the rules in the nature reserve? Then feel free to get in touch with us.

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or phone 0046(0)10 224 50 10



There are nine visitor sites in the Lake Hornborga Nature Reserve. They are illustrated on the map above. Several of the visitor sites have walking tracks and bird towers. 

1. Utloppet

2. Ore backar

3. Trandansen

4. Hångers udde

5. Almeö

6. Ytterberg

7. Fågeludden

8. Bolums lider 

9. Fäholmen