The Domaąa Dam Lake was built by blocking the Ondava river course at the village of Velka Domaąa, Dobra nad Ondavou, Trepec, Kelča, Valkov and Petejovce as well as their environs were flooded. The construction began in 1962 and was completed in 1967. The lake?s water surface, which is 14 km long, 4 km wide and between 18 and 32,5 m deep, covers an area of 1510 hectares.
Domaąa is spread over the area of the districts of Vranov nad Topµou and Stropkov at the average altitude of 156 m. With an agreeable climate and an average temperature of 23°C it guarantees pleasant swimming in clean water from June to mid-September.
The lake, surrounded by pleasant scenery of serene bays and softly rolling hills providing ever changing views of the translucent green water surface, offers wide possibilities of recreation and water sports. The right bank of the lake is covered by forests, on the opposite side woods alternate with meadows. For this reason, the whole area is a paradise for mushroom-pickers, hunters and lovers of long strolls in the country.
The banks abound in a variety of water fowl, such as black stork, plover, swan, heron and duck. Representatives of some bird predators can also be spotted here. Fishermen can delight in calm places with rich occurrence of fish like carp, pike, eel, silver salmon or barbell. Rich fishing is available also in a neighbouring lake near the villages of Malá Domaąa and Slovenská Kajňa.
There are five recreation centres on the banks of the lake ? Dobrá, Poµany, Holčíkovce, Nová Kelča and Valkov. Its western bank is accessible from Preąov through Hanuąovce nad Topµou by a 10 km long road leading through beech forests of the Nízke Beskydy Hills and ending in the Dobrá recreation centre.
Along the lake´s eastern bank runs the main road from Vranov nad Topµou through Stropkov to Dukla, a Slovak ? Polish border crossing. The same road offers access to the Poµany, Holčíkovce andNová Kelča recreation centres. From the towns of Giraltovce, Stropkov and Svidník there is another access route to the two recreation centres on the western bank of the lake, Bľany and Valkov. Each centre provides a network of shopping services, public toilets, drinking water supply, sports equipment rentals and parking lots.