Akkol Lake

About Akkol Lake

Lake Akkol is a mountain lake in the Talas district of the Zhambyl region in southern Kazakhstan.

It is 3 km southwest of Akkol village. The lake is roughly 10 km by 7 km and sits at an altitude of 397 meters above sea level. It ranges from 3 to 5 meters deep. The Assa River flows into the lake, which flows out of Lake Bugulkol, located in the southeastern part of the lake. Lake Akkol freezes from late December to late March, but in summer the coast is used as a vacation spot. It contains bream, pike perch, common carp, crucian carp, and roach.


There are two ways to translate the toponym: most often it is called White lake (translated from the Kazakh language). Professor A. p. Gorbunov has his own version: “the Lake is located at the source of the Issyk River (Zailiysky Alatau), about 3 km (1.9 mi) from the end of the nearest glacier. Its waters are colored in emerald tones, so you cannot talk about it as a White lake. Rather, the name means Flowing lake.


The lake is formed by spring-loading of the valley of the Kokbulak river (Blue spring), an ancient moraine, and a landslide. This is confirmed by the huge fragments of rocks lying at the foot of a powerful moraine. The length of the reservoir is 600 m (2,000 ft) the width is 300 m (980 ft) the Depth is very small. on average 3 m (9.8 ft), but no more than 5 m (16 ft). The water in the lake has an azure hue due to the suspensions brought by the river, which originates from the Lobastyj, Kokbulak, and Dvuhlopastnoy glaciers. Thus, the lake is fed by glacial and snowmelt waters.

This origin of the lake, of course, indicates a low temperature of its water. In winter, it is covered with a crust of ice. Despite the rather harsh conditions, it is home to several species of fish. But bathing is out of the question. Even in the hot July time, the water does not warm up above 8 – 10 degrees. The lake does not have a surface flow, the water flow is underground in the moraine deposits, which after 3 kilometers is opened at the bottom of lake Bozkol (Gray lake). On the shore of the lake, you can often see vacationers, including fishing enthusiasts. The cascade of mountains, gradually merging with the sky in the distance, gives this lake a special hue.


High-mountain lake Akkol is located in the upper reaches of the Issyk gorge at an altitude of 3,111.7 m (10,209 ft) the lake is crossed by the path from the Issyk gorge to the Korzhenevsky glacier and for the further ascent to Talgar peak from the South. Preventive measures are carried out at Akkol, which include the installation of siphons for pumping water and evacuation earth channels for water discharge. There is a post of the monitoring and notification service of the state institution kazselezashchita. Favorable acoustic environment (silence, melodic sounds in nature). Recommended visiting periods: June – September. The inspection of the object is effective at any time of the day.

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