More than a hundred years ago in 1909 some men in Brande decided to build a hydropower station. A dam was built and the stream which had run there for thousands of years, was turned into a lake. The power station gave the small town electrical light to the wealthiest citizens. Quickly the powerstation was too small, over the tests it has been expanded several times ending up with a total capacity of 400.000 kWh – enough power for 100 houses. The powerstation was always privately owned, the shares were often passed on from generation to generation where some families had primitive cabins and summer houses on the land.
Only the owners were allowed to have small boats and go fishing, but the land and wood has always been open to the public and used as a recreational area for picnics and swimming in the lake. But after the public swim hall was built in Brande, it was no longer used for swimming.
The recent years the lake was full of mud, trees and water plants and not very endearing. The woods were used for running and mountain biking.
The dam broke more than once, but on November 7, 2013 after an October month with heavy rain, the dam broke again. This time, the turbine house was so heavily damaged it was beyond repair. The stream which had run at the bottom of the lake all these years, found its natural course immediately. However, tons of mud was washed more than 10 km downstream destroying nature and killing thousands of fish, mussels and other animals.
The owners wanted to rebuild everything, but in Denmark legislation for protecting nature made it difficult. After some years with discussions with the county and municipality it was agreed that the municipality should buy the land and turn it into a recreational area. Latest news is all land has been bought by the owner of the international clothing company Bestseller. The company already owns a large area nearby, where they run an educational centre. What will happen now, nobody knows yet, at least nothing is official.