Lake Abant Nature Park

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Lake Abant
LocationBolu Province, Turkey
Coordinates40°36′N 31°16′E / 40.600°N 31.267°E / 40.600; 31.267Coordinates: 40°36′N 31°16′E / 40.600°N 31.267°E / 40.600; 31.267
Basin countriesTurkey
Surface area1.28 km2 (0.49 sq mi)
Max. depth18 m (59 ft)
Surface elevation1,328 m (4,357 ft)
Lake Abant is located in Turkey
Lake Abant
Lake Abant
Location of Lake Abant

Lake Abant (Turkish: Abant Gölü) is a freshwater lake in Turkey's Bolu Province in northwest Anatolia, formed as a result of a great landslide. The lake lies at an altitude of 1,328 m (4,357 ft) at a distance of 32 km (20 mi) from the provincial seat of Bolu city. It is a vacation and excursion spot for both Turkish and foreign travellers due to the natural environment, forests, and accessibility by car. (It is served by a 21 km (13 mi) road leaving from the İstanbul-Ankara motorway O-4 E80 or the highway D.100 at the level of Mount Bolu, three hours' drive from these two largest cities of Turkey). Lake Abant is a natural park.

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The lake covers an area of 1.28 km2 (0.49 sq mi) and its deepest spot is 18 m (59 ft). The lake area has two large hotels in the immediate vicinity of the shores, as well as other amenities and services for visitors, who sometimes alternatively opt for the family guesthouses available in the nearby town of Mudurnu 18 km to the south. To the north of the lake, at a distance of 8 km (5.0 mi) from Bolu city, is the main campus of Abant Izzet Baysal University.

European black pine, Scots pine, oaks, ashes, hornbeams, willows, junipers, tamarisks, hazels, common medlar, and strawberry trees are among the tree species that make up the lake's woodlands, and there are wild boars, fallow deer, roe deer, red deer, brown bears, wolves, red foxes, jackals and rabbits in the surrounding forests, which makes the lake a prized location for hunters during the season. The lake is inhabited by the Abant trout Salmo abanticus, a (sub)species of trout which is strictly endemic to this lake only.