Zrebar Lake

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Lake Zarivar
Location Zagros Mountains,
Kurdistan Province,
Coordinates 35°32′N 46°08′E / 35.533°N 46.133°E / 35.533; 46.133Coordinates: 35°32′N 46°08′E / 35.533°N 46.133°E / 35.533; 46.133
Primary outflows Zrêbar River
Basin countries Iran
Max. length 5 km (3.1 mi)
Max. width 1.6 km (0.99 mi)
Max. depth 6 m (20 ft)
Water volume 30×10^6 m3 (24,000 acre·ft)
Surface elevation 1,285 m (4,216 ft)
Settlements Marivan

Lake Zarivar (Persian: زریوار‎‎ Zarivār), also known as Zeribar or Zrewar (Kurdish: Zrêwar or Zrêbar),(Kurdish: زرێبار‎‎), is a lake in the Zagros Mountains, within Kurdistan Province of western Iran.


The name is composed of zrê ("sea") and the suffix -bar (which in Kurdish means "lake").


The lake is situated in the Iranian province of Kordestan west of Marivan and has a length of 5 km (3.1 mi) and a maximum width of 1.6 km (0.99 mi). The lake's water is fresh and has a maximum depth of 6 metres (20 ft).

Zeribar Lake is a major touristic attraction in the region.[1] There is a great deal of folklore about the origins of this lake amongst the Kurdish people of the area.


Panoramic view from Zrêbar in summer of 2007
Panoramic view from totally frozen Zrêbar in winter of 2008


  1. ^ SBB/MMN (Jan 11, 2008). "Cold hits Iran mythological landmark" (web). News Article. PressTV. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 

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