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x0x Natural wonderland Suluklugol

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      x0x Natural wonderland Suluklugol

      By s2003_11_08

      Suluklugol is a magical place. Especially if it is autumn.

      First of all the trees of the lake draw your attention. They are
      standing like poles in the water, about 180 of them in many varieties
      including oak. If it is summer and the water level is low, you can see
      the centuries-old tree trunks clearly. This interesting sight is a
      unique characteristic of the location that cannot be seen anywhere
      else in Turkey.


      The story of the underwater tree trunks dates back to 1702. Due to a
      huge natural landslide, the Tavsansuyu stream that flows through one
      of the largest valleys of the Kapiorman Mountains was blocked. The
      water accumulated in the valley and eventually became a large lake.

      When the waters reached the level of the landslide, the lake that was
      formed was called Suluklugol, with depths measuring as far as 1050
      metres. Humidity caused the bark of the trees to decay and drop off.

      The entire 809-hectare area, which also encomopasses two
      small man-made dam lakes, was named a Nature Preserve by the
      Environment and Forestry Ministry and has been under protection since
      1987. Suluklugol attracts mainly day visitors, whose numbers are
      increasing steadily.

      Suluklugol is connected to the Mudurnu district of Bolu in the inner
      Black Sea region and may be reached in 2.5-3 hours by car from
      Istanbul. The road to the lake passes through the Dokurcun district of
      Sakarya. Taking the right turn after the "Suluklugol Nature Preserve
      Area" sign, the lake is reached in ten minutes over a dirt road.

      Depending on the pace, it takes about two hours to reach on foot. The
      time passes quickly, however. The architect of the lake, Tavsansuyu
      stream, flows alongside the path as it meanders along the green
      valley, enhanced by bird songs, the sound of the wind, and dizzying
      scents from the big birch, ash, linden and box trees.

      At the end of the path, suddenly the lake beckons before
      you, set in the midst of a green, forest-covered bowl and surrounded
      by hills 200 metres high. Actually the lake takes its colour from the
      leaves of the forest, which is why it changes in every season. Spring
      and summers are green, fresh... In autumn, as some leaves turn yellow,
      the water reflects greens and yellows, and during winter it turns
      blue, green and gray reflecting the clouds and mists. The lake with
      its tree trunks and changing colours resembles a picturesque tableau.

      The hillsides are covered with birch and juniper among many other
      trees. On the eastern side of the lake, the steep naked slopes bear
      evidence of the landslide of 300 years ago.


      Once there was a type of an 8-10 cm long leech (suluk) living in this
      lake that people believed could kill the painon any area of the body
      when applied to the skin.

      Unfortunately the leeches became extinct after new fish
      varieties were thrown into the lake for uncontrolled reproduction
      purposes. Today these fish are the new landlords of the lake. Bear,
      wolf, fox and eagle are also surviving in this protection area. At
      first walking up and down the grass-covered hills to gaze at the lake
      from the bird's-eye view may seem a bit exhausting but you will not be
      sorry. The hike takes about three hours or longer as desired. Before
      reaching the lake, if you take the turn from the clearing in the
      forest, after a walking about 45 minutes through the forest you will
      arrive at the hill on the western side of the lake, which is at the
      edge of a large plateau. Choose any of the paths and create your own
      tracking map. If you ask me, the most beautiful one is the way that
      leads to Cubuk Lake. Take the path to the west and you will arrive
      there in three hours. Along the way you can see ridges covered with
      grass and wildflowers, and gradually you come to realise that this
      dense and deep forest extends far beyond the shores of Suluklugol.
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