Ovan Lake: A Small Alpine Lake in Iran's Alamut

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Ovan Lake (also known as Evan Lake) is a small alpine lake in Alamut region along Arburz range, in Iran's northern province of Qazvin.

Ovan Lake: A Small Alpine Lake in Iran's Alamut

The only tributary that flows into the lake is a stream with the same name, Ovan, coming down from northern mounts.

The north of the lake is also surrounded by three small villages, namely from east to west: Varbon, Ovan and Zar-Abaad.

Because of the heavy seasonal rainfall and snowfall in the winters, which at times reaches a few meters, it has numerous water resources. The lake is located in an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level, its maximum length is 325 meters, and it has a width of 275 meters. The deepest section of the lake is 7.5 meters and extends over 70,000 square meters.

The excess water of the lake which is actually overflowed of this lake forms a small river which irrigates farmlands in the villages of Kushk and Ain. Most residents of these two villages either breed livestock or work their land. Ovan Lake is suitable for fishing, swimming and riding boats in summer while in fall it hosts migratory birds such as swan, goose and duck. In winter, the lake can be used for sports such as skiing and ice skating while its surface becomes slippery with ice in winter.

Thanks to its beauties and natural potentials, Ovan Lake is recorded as one of the most significant tourist poles in Qazvin province and is frequented by many visitors from around the country and all over the world during the whole year especially on holidays and in summer. The fact that it is being visited by tourists and travelers has helped locals economically in various ways.

The lake can be reached via a road which connects Qazvin to East Alamut. Starting from the south towards the north, there is village at beginning of the road, called Shinqor. After passing a relatively high hill there is a flat area called Rajaee-dasht. A few kilometers after this point, where the road branches off, and the Moalem-kalaye road should be taken. At the last fork, there is a narrow road towards the north which directly goes to the lake.

Source: See Iran

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