x0x Natural wonderland Suluklugol
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x0x Natural wonderland Suluklugol
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.
STORY OF THE TREES
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
ROAD TO SULUKLUGOL
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.
STROLLING THE AREA
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.