The Tikvesh lake is the largest artificial lake in the Republic of Macedonia. The Lake was created in 1968, on the canyon of Black River (Crna Reka) with a construction of a dam 104 m high.
The Tikvesh dam is built of stone and clay and has a length of 338 m.
Tikvesh Lake is located in the southern part of the Republic of Macedonia in the Black River (Црна Река) Canyon, 12 km away from Kavadarci (Кавадарци) city or 3 km south of the village Vozarci (Возарци).
Located at an altitude of 165 m the lake has a conical shape and extends in a north-south direction.
Tikvesh Lake to the north is bordered by the artificially created dam near Vozarci, to the east with the settlements: Brushani (Брушани), Resava (Ресава), Begnishte (Бегниште) and Kumanichevo (Куманичево), to the west is bounded by villages Dobrotino (Добротино), Pravednik (Праведник) and the Mountain Visheshnica (Вишешница) and to the south with Mreznichko (Мрежичко) and Klinovo (Клиново) .
The water temperature in Tikvesh lake during the summer and autumn is 24 C °. This makes the lake ideal for summer activities.
Tikvesh lake abounds with various kinds of fauna and abundance of freshwater fish species.
Within the Tikvesh natural protected zone, are registered and protected many rare predatory birds.
One of the more interesting locations for visiting on the Tikvesh Lake is the Polog Monastery, which can be reached only by boat.