A natural lake which is famous for its spectacular landscape. The road leading to the lake is paved and the facilities around it have been reconstructed in order to create a more welcoming environment for the tourists. Camping around the lake is highly recommended. It is located 75 km outside of Qazvin and in a mountainous region. At an altitude of 1815 meters above sea level, it literally is breathtaking to behold. If you look close enough, you will notice the beautiful vegetation around it which also continues to cover the slopes of the mountains. Since 2010 it has been included in the list of Iran’s national heritage sites.
The road leading to the lake
The road is one of the integral parts of the trip. To reach the lake, you have to take the Qazvin-Alamut road; a winding, mountainous road with spectacular scenery. The road itself is quite tricky and it will force you to slow down, so give yourself a break. Stop for a moment and take in the beauty surrounding you. After 3 to 4 hours of excruciating turns and slopes, you’ll finally arrive at one of the most beautiful lakes in Iran.
Many tourists visit the lake every year to enjoy the attractions:
The experience of sailing through this particular lake is one of the sweetest memories you will have on this trip.
When you stand in the middle of the lake, you will see a different view of it which carves an unforgettable image in your mind. During summer, you can also use pedal boats as an alternative.
Picnic and photography
The edge of the lake, under the shade of the trees, is the best place to set up a family or friendly picnic. The lake itself, the trees and the mountains around it create a wonderful image. Take pictures of this natural phenomenon and marvel at its beauty. If you are there at the early hours of the morning beware that, because of cold weather and the relevantly warm water of the lake, there forms a thick fog around the lake. You should most definitely take pictures of that.
The mountains surrounding the lake crave good climbing. As you climb these mountains you can see the lake’s beauties more clearly and come to appreciate it profoundly.
If the weather gets cold enough in winter, the lake freezes. In addition to a more beautiful scenery, it becomes a good place for ice skating.
In fall, when migration season starts, migratory birds such as swans, geese, and ducks come to this particular lake and spend some time there. The presence of these birds creates the best opportunity for birdwatching.
Best time to travel
The best time to visit Ovan Lake, is from May to October, but each season has its own set of features:
Spring and summer: the lake is located in a mountainous region, so the climate here is mild and pleasant during spring and summer. Many travelers choose this particular time period for visiting the lake.
Fall and winter: With the onset of the cold season and the drop in temperature, cold weather dominates the area, but it is worth it to brace the cold and be there for the lake is much more beautiful in this time period than any other season.
Beliefs about Ovan Lake
There is some speculation about how this lake was formed in the first place. It is said that the Ovan Lake was caused by a landslide, roughly 500 years ago. On the other hand, some believe that it was part of a larger lake, like the Caspian Sea.
Some Specifications regarding Ovan Lake
With an area of 325 meters in 275 meters, it covers an area of over 70000 square meters. The measurements regarding the depth of the lake are inconsistent, but studies suggest the deepest part of the lake is 6.8 meters deep.
The water is sweet and the temperature reaches about 23 ° C in the deepest parts of the lake. The lakebed is filled with sediments and they have created a sticky texture all around the lake. The field of view underwater is less than one meter.
The source of the lake
The water comes from the tiny springs in the lakebed. In addition to the springs, atmospheric precipitation also increases the amount of water in the lake. The amount of water supplied through atmospheric precipitation is much lower than that of underground springs.
The spare water gets out in the form of a small river which goes to the villages of Kushk and Ayin. It is mostly used for farming purposes.
Trees such as willow, Platanus, populous, apple, cherry, Persian olive, hazelnut, and walnut can be seen on the margin of the lake, up to the slopes of the surrounding mountains. Among which grass plants such as astragalus, Cirsium vulgare, and licorice have also grown. Away from the lake and close to its watershed area, the presence of plants from different species of Gramineae and leguminous is much more evident. Among them, plants such as phragmites communis, dracaena sanderianaand and Ceratophyllum demersum can be found.
A variety of animals can be found around the lake, such as mountain goats, leopards, brown bear, foxes, jackals, wolves, hogs, beech marten, caracal, eagle, cinereous vulture, falcon, hawk, owls, partridge, common cuckoo, woodpeckers, roller, though, frogs, turtles, crabs and various kinds of sparrow. There are also fish, such as rainbow trout and common carp found in the lake. Due to the presence of various plants in the lake, a suitable environment for fish such as Esox has been provided.