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Kerkini Lake, Kerkini

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Lake Kerkini, is an artificial reservoir that was created in 1932, and then redeveloped in 1980, on the site of what was previously an extremely extensive marshland.Before 1932, there were irregular marsh lakes on Strymon, one of them called "Podkova" Ottoman Turkish: ݒودقوه كولي Podkova Gölü became the mother of Kerkini.Lake Kerkini is now one of, if not the, premier birding site in Greece, and, as it is situated along the migratory flyway for migratory birds en route to the Aegean Sea, the Balkan region, the Black Sea, the Hungarian steppes and beyond it experiences an interesting migration.In the flat and semi-mountainous area, important hydrobiospheres are developing which are of great international significance and acceptance. The most essential hydrobiosphere is the one in Kerkini lake. It is a miracle of nature which came about by man's technical intervention on the natural characteristics of Strymon river. The water extent, which varies from time to time from 54 Km2 to 72 Km2, works out to be useful in two ways: as a technical work of great agricultural utility and as a hydrobiosphere for thousands of water fowls.This wonderful biosphere is recouped by the International Convention of Ramsar and presents numerous admirable elements. Thousands of birds, both rare and protected, riverside forests, water-lilies in a large area, fish variety and fantastic panoramic view from the mountains of Belasica and Krousia give it a characteristic tone. Actually the lake hosts 227 kinds of birds, especially non-migrants. 76 of them are recorded in the National Red Catalogue, while at least 31 of them are protected by EEC's Directive concerning wild life. What makes an exceptional presence is the buffalo's herd in the area, plus the one of the jackelo in the area of Kerkini lake. In the surrounding area of Kerkini lake there are at least 10 amphibian species, five snail species, 19 reptile species and a great variety of insects which play an important part in the food chain and contribute towards the biological resources of the lake.
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  • We stayed at Oikoperigiitis Hotel on the outskirts of Kerkini Village a 10 minute walk to the lake. The Hotel staff and owner were very helpful and we were told about boat trips on the lake which they...  more »
  • Lake Kerkini is an ideal place for nature lovers k a very good tour option for everyone. Is an artificial lake with too many bird species Ms fish course appear depending on the season. One can make boating k to see from a close distance. Other activities that one can do is riding, fishing, camping, survival, all those organized as informed as negative I could mention the aperipoiiti image of Kerkini village for tourism that accepts. Of course people show it is in trying to develop their land.
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  • Artificial lake in which living and protected many bird species (about 300 species) and fish. Many of these are species towards extinction. For example, the silver Pelican, sustains, the Wildcat, Jackal, basilaeto. Lake lives and the largest number of Buffalo in Greece. Worth a visit especially if you are interested in nature, fauna and flora. As negative I will mention the lack of cleanliness in the area.
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