Lake Ellbachsee is home to elves and water spirits. Long ago the Kniebis Monastery had a fish pond at the lake's source. The village of Kniebis today still gets its drinking water via a pumping system from there. Raftsmen once used the cirque lake for floating logs. Ellbachsee is included in many hiking tours such as the Seensteig (Lake Trail), and the 2 Seentour (2 Lakes Tour) of the Baiersbronn Wanderhimmel and is idyllically located 5.5 km from Mitteltal and 2.2 km from Kniebis in the Ellbachtal.