Lake Cildir

Lake Cildir

The freshwater lake of Cildir is located in northeast Turkey, close to the borders of Georgia and Armenia. Lake Çıldır is located at an altitude of 1959 meters above sea level and covers 123 square kilometers. The area around the lake contains a restaurant, a few short trails, and the natural beauty of Lake Çıldır itself for visitors to enjoy.

Lake Cildir

The deepest point of Çıldır Lake is 42 meters. When the lake was formed, it was a natural barrier between Armenia and Turkey. The only outlet of the lake--a waterway that's fed by many streams and springs--is called Telek Stream, which eventually connects to Arpaçay at the border with Armenia.

There are several islands in Lake Cildir and the largest one is Akcakale. It is located next to the ruins. Little vegetation has grown around the lake, but there is intensive livestock farming on the land surrounding the lake.

Fishing is an economically important activity in the area due to its prevalence and variety, with fishing done equally year-round. Fishing includes breaking ice on the lakes during winter months to catch certain types of fish (most notably carp, Cyprinus carpio).

There are primarily marshes and wetlands in the northwest area of the lake, separated by a bank. There is little agriculture on the territory because of harsh conditions.