Smolyan Lakes – natural landmark

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Smolyan Lakes – natural landmark
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Smolyan Lakes lie on the left slope of the valley of Cherna River (Black River) and below Orpheus’ Rocks and Snezhanka Peak (Snow White Peak – 1926 m above mean sea level) in the Rhodopes to the north. The lakes are scattered across the whole valley, from Orpheus’ Rock to the town of Smolyan. In the past there used to be around 20 lakes, but now only seven of them have remained as the others have become swamps. During the spring and the autumn small lakes are still formed in the places of some of these swamps, while others have been transformed into breeding ponds.

The first lake, Keranovia gyol Lake (also known as Platenoto Lake), is situated at the end of Smolyan, on the left side of the road to Pamporovo and Plovdiv. Its lower part has been dammed and thus it has turned into one of the biggest lakes. Another smaller lake called Milusheviyat gyol Lake lies right above it. Farther still, just by the road to Devin, below Ezerovo Housing Estate in Smolyan, lies the third lake: Silazha Lake. A small reed-overgrown island is located at its lower end. This area provides suitable spots for camping and fishing. Another lake can be found at the big turn a little up along the road: Osmanoviyat gyol Lake. It is surrounded by a couple of smaller lakes but some of them dry up in the summer.



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