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LAKES FOR FISHING AND BIRD WATCHING

These lakes are all within striking distance of the villas and are ideal for swimming, fishing, bird watching and astronomy. Many tourists visit Turkey’s beaches for sun, sea and sand but the less explored inner regions also have a great interest for flora, fauna and history. Southern Turkey is a bird watcher’s paradise, especially in the months of April/May with nesting and migration and in October/November when they return to Africa for the winter.

Salda Gölü has lovely white sandy beaches, turquoise water and many freshwater fish and is said to be the cleanest lake in Turkey. The white beaches are rich in hydromagnesite and the water is reputed to have good healing properties. The lake is surrounded by forests for hunting foxes and boar and at 196m is one of the deepest lakes in Turkey; it also has a resident population of wild geese.

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Map & Driving Directions: Uzumlu to Lake Salda. Distance: 170km (~3 hr)
Map Location: Lat: 37.55, Lon: 29.68. Altitude: 1140m
Close by: Salda Village, Yesilova Town and Yarisli Lake (25km east)
Nearby: Denizli is 84km (1.5 hr), Burdur Golu is 70km (1.5 hr), Pamukkale is 90km (2 hr)

Koycegiz Golu has a small town at its edge which is the ideal starting point for fishing trips. There are common carp, mirrors and leather carp and you can catch these from the bays surrounding the lake which are accessed by boat or 4 wheel drives. The biggest carp caught so far is 68lb but many around 40lb have been caught. Fishing licences and permits are arranged through the Hotel Flora prior to fishing. The lake is situated on bird migration routes and local species include white tailed eagle, common buzzard, black kite, kestrel and kingfisher.

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Map & Driving Directions: Uzumlu to Lake Koycegiz. Distance: 82km (~1.5 hr)
Map Location: Lat: 36.95, Lon: 28.69. Altitude: Sea level
Close by: Koycegiz Town, Dalyan Town, Dalaman Town. Lake Gokceova (for more fishing) is above this lake, in the mountains, at 1752m Lat: 37.061, Lon: 28.808 

Girdev Golu camp is a perfect venue for fishing with three man-made lakes that are well stocked with trout, common carp, leather carp, mirror carp and catfish. Fishing rods and equipment are available for hire and if you catch some fish they can be served for your dinner! Girdev Golu is a good location being high in the mountains with a well kept natural lake and reed area and is home to a rich variety of birds (119 species recorded). Girdev plateau is in the highlands of the Taurus Mountains and is untouched by mass tourism; it is ideal for climbing and mountaineering and is a paradise for photographers and astronomers.

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Map & Driving Directions: Uzumlu to Temel (in Temel take the track on the left and go past Döğer and Kıncılar to reach Girdev Highlands). Distance: 88km (~2.5 hr)
Map Location: Lat: 36.68, Lon: 29.66. Altitude: 1730m. Close by is Seki Town
Tours to Girdev Golu: www.realtour.com.tr Website: www.girdevcamp.com 

Golhisar Golu is small and off the beaten track but well regarded for catfish and carp fishing and 37 bird species have been identified; it is close to the remains of the Lycian city of Cibyra. 

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Map & Driving Directions: Uzumlu to Golhisar Golu Distance: 80km (~2 hr)
Map Location: Lat: 37.11, Lon: 29.60. Altitude: 947m
Nearby: Lake Salda is 67km north (~1.5 hr) 

Yesil Gol & Avlan Golu are of particular interest to bird-watchers and also to anyone who appreciates the beauty and range of flora and fauna at these lakes - see a trip report by a bird watcher on Yesil Gol and Avlan Golu lakes. Yesil Gol and associated Ucarsu Waterfall are close to the village of Gombe and Avlan Golu is close to Goltara which is further down the same road – you will already have passed Caybogazi Baraji near Cemre. 

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                    Yesil Gol – Gombe                                    Avlan Golu – Goltara 

Map & Driving Directions: Uzumlu to Gombe for Yesil Gol. Distance: 85km (~2 hr)
Map Location: Lat: 36.557, Lon: 29.615. Altitude: 1830m
Map & Driving Directions: Gombe to Goltara for Avlan Golu. Distance: 43km (~45 mins)
Map Location: Lat: 36.567, Lon: 29.950. Altitude: 1030m

Yaprakli Baraji & Kocagol are both interesting areas but in opposite directions from the holiday villa. Yaprakli Baraji is north on the Denizli road and is a a man-made reservoir with beautiful scenery and fishing for carp, perch and trout. Kocagol is part of a series of three lakes and is very close to Sarsala Beach which is a lovely quiet beach, ideal for fishing, within a few kilometres of Dalaman Airport (Kapikargin turn-off) - see Trip Report from 'Turkey's for Life' blog.

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                          Yaprakli Baraji                                       Kocagol near Sarsala beach

Map & Driving Directions: Uzumlu to Yaprakli Baraji Distance: 75km (~1.5 hr)
Map Location: Lat: 37.00, Lon: 29.42. Altitude: 1200m
Map & Driving Directions: Uzumlu to Kocagol and Sarsala beach. Distance: 71km (~1.5hr)
Map Location: Lat: 36.663, Lon: 28.850. Altitude: Sea level 

The Highland lakes are at their best in Spring/Early summer when they are filled with snow melt from the mountains.
Translations: Gol & Gölü = Lake; Baraji = Dam; Koy = Village; Dağ = Mountain; Şelale = Waterfall; Yeșil = Green.
Useful reference books are: “Walking & Bird Watching in SW Turkey” by Paul Hope and “Finding Birds in W Turkey” by Dave Gosney.
For sea-fishing a private boat can be hired, with equipment, at Calis Beach and we suggest www.kacarboat.com who provide good food and a pleasant day out for a reasonable price.

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