The lakes

Öijared is on a peninsula in between Lakes Sävelången and Mjörn. A place characterised by proximity to water.


In the middle of the countryside on the Öijared peninsula lies Lake Iglasjön, and in the middle of the lake lies a little island. Surrounded by a large forest, the lake is usually quite still, and in the clear waters rainbow and brown trout both swim.


Lake Sävelången is fed by Lake Mjörn, via Norsesund and Lake Lillelången, and in the south the lake runs out into River Säveån. Around Lake Sävelången lie Norsesund and Ingared to the north, Tollered to the east and Floda to the south. The Nääs estate is on the south west corner of the lake.

There used to be a steamboat service on the lake, provided by SS Sävelången. In the lake perch, bream, pike, ide, burbot, roach, eel and brown trout are all found. Birdlife is varied. Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Goosander, Red Breasted Merganser, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Common Moorhen, Crane and Mute Swan all breed here. The area is also an important wintering ground for different kinds of water birds and during the winter, sea eagles are regularly spotted.


After Lake Unden, Mjörn is Västergötland’s next biggest lake that lies completely within the region. The lake is 50 metres above sea level, and there are around 60 named lakes here. Alingsås and Västra Bodarna lie on the lake’s southern shore, and on the western side Sjövik and Björboholm. There are many large estates around the lake: Östads Säteri, Vikaryds Egendom and Bryngenäs. Lake Mjörn feeds into River Säveån.

It’s a fish rich lake, and eighteen different species have been identified. Among these are some unusual species like alpine bullhead, lamprey, and the genetically specific Mjörn trout. The others are pike, perch, zander, eel, bream, roach, ide, tench, burbot, stickleback, ruffe, vendace and smelt.


To contribute to cleaner lakes around the peninsula we have laid so called phosphorous traps in the form of wetlands. When the golf courses are fertilised the soil is supplied with phosphorous, which is then is captured by the wetlands and sinks to the bottom. The result is that cleaner, clearer water runs into the lake.