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Панорама на посёлок Боровое и озеро Боровое.JPG
Borovoe is located in Kazakhstan
Location in Kazakhstan
Location Akmola Region, Kazakhstan (near Kokshetau)
Coordinates 53°04′30″N 70°16′30″E / 53.07500°N 70.27500°E / 53.07500; 70.27500
Primary inflows River Sary Bulak, Imanaevskii Stream
Primary outflows River Kurkureuk
Max. length 4.5 km (2.8 mi)
Max. width 3.9 km (2.4 mi)
Surface area 11 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Average depth 3.4 m (11 ft)
Max. depth 7 m (23 ft)
Water volume 164 km3 (0 cu mi)
Salinity 0.1-0.15%
Shore length1 13.6 km (8.5 mi)
Surface elevation 320.6 m (1,052 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Borovoe (Бурабай көлі) is one of the Burabay lakes in the north of Kazakhstan, in the Burabay District of Akmola Region, in the eastern foothills of Kokshe Mountain.


The shores of the lake are overgrown with pine forest. The name of the lake originates from the word bor, which means "pine forest". The historical name is Auliekol, which means "holy lake". The water in the lake is limpid and the bottom can be seen clearly. The water surface of the lake is almost open, only the western and northwestern shores are rushy; the southern shores are rocky, and the eastern shores are sandy. The bottom is flat.[1]

The lake has several capes. Near the northwestern cape, there is a rocky mushroom-shaped island, Zhumbaktas ("Sphinx"), reaching an elevation of 20 metres (66 ft) above the water. Borovoe is separated by mountain ranges from the closest lakes. The cliffs and capes of the northwestern and southern coasts create a unique landscape.[2]

The lake is situated within Burabay National Park. The lake water is healing. On the eastern shore, there is the Burabay medical resort and the Nature Museum (Kazakh: Табиғат мұражайы).

In literature[edit]

The Kazakh writer Zhanaidar Musin, in his book «Жер шоктыгы Кокшетау» (Almaty, 1989), called Lake Borovoe "Kumuskol", which means "silver lake". The nature of Borovoe is proclaimed in Saken Seifulin’s poem “Kokshetau”:

Burabay water’s more limpid than dew
One cannot withhold admiration its view.
Its shore’s overgrown with glorious trees
Magnificent pines, white birches make scenery splendid indeed.