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Yedigöller National Park
Seven Lakes National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Yedigöller National Park
Map showing the location of Yedigöller National ParkSeven Lakes National Park
Map showing the location of Yedigöller National ParkSeven Lakes National Park
Yedigöller National Park
Seven Lakes National Park
Location Bolu Province, Turkey
Nearest city Istanbul
Coordinates 39°48′21″N 31°43′59″E / 39.80590°N 31.733°E / 39.80590; 31.733Coordinates: 39°48′21″N 31°43′59″E / 39.80590°N 31.733°E / 39.80590; 31.733
Area 1,623 ha (6.27 sq mi)
Established 1969

The Yedigöller National Park (Turkish: Yedigöller, "seven lakes") also known as Seven lakes National Park is located in the northern part of the Bolu Province in Turkey.[1][2] The park is categorized under IUCN II and was established in 1969.[3] The park is best known for the seven lakes formed by landslides and for the rich plant life.[1]


The park located at an elevation of 900 metres (3,000 ft) in Mengen to the north of Bolo Province and to the south of Zonguldak in the western Black Sea region has seven lakes. It encompasses an area of 1,623 hectares (4,010 acres). It was established in 1969.[1][4] There are seven lakes in the park which are formed due to landslides as the land condition in the park is generally of the subsidence type. The seven lakes are Buyukgol, Deringol, Seringol, Nazligol, Sazligol, Incegol and Kucukgol.[1] Several streams flow through the park and some of which have handcrafted bridges across them and a small water fall.[1][5]

The park is located between Istanbul and Ankara. Access is from the Yenicaga road, 152 kilometres (94 mi) from the Ankara – Istanbul highway. During winter season the alternate road is only from the Yenicaga – Mengen – Yazicik road.[5]"National Parks". Government of Turkey. Retrieved 22 November 2015. </ref> It is 42 kilometres (26 mi) to the north of Bolu. Kapankaya mountain peak in within the park and provides a vantage location to view the scenic beauty of the park. It is accessible all through the year.[1]

During autumn season the park is seen in a riot of colours. The park also has trekking paths and camps to stay,[4] in the form of tents and caravans, in addition to rest houses, and bungalows.[5] There are also hot springs in the park, and the ski centers here are well known in Turkey.[1]

The specific studies related to Saprobic values of decayed organic matter indicate a range between oligosaprobic and beta-mesosaprobic status. The water quality of the streams in the park are classified under Class I and II.[6]


Colourful flora in the park

The floral vegetation seen in multi-colours consists of beech trees, oaks, hornbeams, firs, elm, hazel nut, spruces, alders, lime trees, black pines, Scotch pine and so forth. in the area.[2][1][5][5]


Red deer, Roe deer, Wild boar, Brown bear, Wolf, Red fox, Lynx, Jungle cat, Otter and squirrels soforth. Consequent to better protection conditions in the park the population of animals has increased. The park has an exclusive protected area for deer. A trout farm has also been established in the park.[5][1] New insect species Ephemeroptera identified in the park are Ecdyonurus starmachi, Paraleptophlebia cincta, Caenis martae, and Baetis lapponicus.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Yedigoller (Seven Lakes) National Park". National Parks of Turkey. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Turkey". Green Spots. WWF Panda Organization. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Centre & Areas 1990, p. 173.
  4. ^ a b "In Photos: Yedigöller National Park lures visitors with colors of autumn". Hurriyet Daily News. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "National Parks". Government of Turkey. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Research on Ephemeroptera (Insecta) Fauna of Yedigöller National Park (Bolu, Turkey): water quality and reference habitat indicators". Researchgate Journal. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 


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