The peaks that surround the lake rise about 1,000 meters above its surface; one of them is Rysy (2,499 meters), the highest peak in the Polish Tatras. Beside Mięguszowiecki Summits (including Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Wielki, 2,438 meters), farther away and slightly to the left, is the distinctive, slender Mnich (“Monk,” 2,068 meters). Many Swiss Pines also grow around the lake.
In the past, Morskie Oko was called "Rybie Jezioro" ("Fish Lake") due to its natural stock of fish, which are uncommon in Tatra lakes and ponds. In the clear depths of the water, one can easily notice trout - so called "famine" trout - that live in the lake. The name "Morskie Oko" ("Sea Eye", "Eye of the Sea") is derived from an old legend, according to which the lake was connected to the sea via an underground passage.
To enjoy your trip to Morskie Oko (The Eye of the sea), which is the largest lake in the Tatra Mountains; you will need to set off a whole day. Firstly, because you need to get to “Lysa Polana” or “Palenica Bialczanska," where the trail to Morskie Oko starts. From here you will need to travel the 9km up to the lake. Despite its length, the height difference on this route is only a little over 400 meters. The route, which largely runs along an asphalt road is not too difficult. However, it is a relatively long walk for those of you that chose to walk this distance. It is worth putting the extra effort into completing this journey, as you make your way up to the eye of the sea, you will be surrounded by stunning views of the mountain peaks.
Initially, the trail follows along the river Białki, which in this section is a border river between Poland and Slovakia. On the way to Morskie Oko, you will be able to admire the beautiful waterfall - Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicz. This waterfall consists of three main falls, with a height of 3 up to 10 meters. There are several vantage points from which we can see the highest peaks of the Tatras, one of which is the highest peak of the Tatra’s mountain rage, Gerlach - 2655m above sea level. Walking through the “Valley of White Water” you will have the opportunity to see a typical glacial valley, which has the traditional “U” shape.
Horse carts are available to tourists who do not wish to complete the journey on foot and are standing ready at the starting point of the trail. These will take you to a clearing called “Włosienica” that is approximately 2-km away from the eye of the sea making the distance much shorter.
Morskie Oko is the largest lake in the Tatra Mountains created by glacial activity. It covers an area of almost 35ha, with a length of over 850 meters and a width of more than 550 meters and in the deepest point it is 50 meters deep. It is also one of the very few lakes in the Tatra Mountains, where fish live (trout). The lake is supplied by two, permanent streams, The Mnichowym and The Czarnostawieńskim. There is a red walking trail that runs around the lake, which offers visitors the option to see this beautiful place from different perspectives. It will take you about 40 minutes to walk around the lake on this trail.