Neor Lake

Neor Lake

Neor Lake is located on Ardabil road to Khalkhal and is one of the best natural tourist destinations, especially in the summer. It is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Iran and is the starting point of one of the most beautiful hiking, cycling, and Safari routes which lead you to the charming Sobatan Village. Travelers can enjoy spectacular natural landscapes such as cliffs and native plants. The natural beauty of the lake motivates plenty of nature lovers and photographers to spend some time and record the most eye-catching images.

The lake is situated at the lower slopes of Baghru Heights of the Talysch Mountains. Elevation of the lake is 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) above mean sea level. It is 48 kilometres (30 mi) to the south east of Ardabil on Khalkhal Road out of which 18 kilometres (11 mi) is a hill section. The lake emerged during the Eocene geologic time scale. The Neor fault and another fault on the western part of the lake, which were active from the Eocene period, have contributed to the emergence of this lake. The basin receives an annual rainfall of 400 millimetres (16 in) with cold mountainous climate.

It is composed of smaller and larger basins, which get connected in rainy seasons forming a single lake. It has an average depth of 3 meters and is fed by springs in the lake bed. The maximum depth reaches 5 meters.

The lake contains fish species of rainbow trout; fingerlings were introduced with the objective of practicing commercial and sports fishing. Fingerlings are introduced into the lake every year to promote fishery practices. The fish feed on the Gammarus fasciatus found in the lake bed and grow into robust pink-coloured fish. Among the fauna species found in the lake area are ruddy shelduck, and swallows which are the migrant species.


Neor Lake, nestled along the Ardabil road to Khalkhal, stands as a beacon of natural wonder and a premier tourist destination, particularly during the summer months. As one of Iran’s largest freshwater lakes, it serves as the gateway to captivating hiking, cycling, and Safari routes leading travelers to the enchanting Sobatan Village. The journey to Neor Lake promises breathtaking vistas of cliffs and indigenous flora, enticing nature enthusiasts and photographers alike to capture its mesmerizing beauty.

Situated at the foothills of the Baghru Heights in the Talysch Mountains, Neor Lake boasts an elevation of 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) above sea level. Its location, 48 kilometers (30 mi) southeast of Ardabil along Khalkhal Road, features an 18-kilometer (11 mi) stretch through hilly terrain. Geologically, the lake traces its origins to the Eocene epoch, with the Neor fault and other fault lines in the western region contributing to its formation. Over time, the basin has accumulated an average annual rainfall of 400 millimeters (16 in), characteristic of its cold mountainous climate.

Neor Lake comprises interconnected smaller and larger basins, converging during the rainy season to create a unified expanse of water. With an average depth of 3 meters and fed by subterranean springs, its deepest points reach 5 meters. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including rainbow trout, introduced to facilitate commercial and recreational fishing activities. Annually, fingerlings are released into the lake, fostering sustainable fisheries and nurturing a vibrant ecosystem. These fish thrive on the Gammarus fasciatus found within the lake bed, maturing into robust pink-hued specimens.

In addition to its aquatic inhabitants, Neor Lake plays host to an array of fauna species, notably the ruddy shelduck and migrant swallows. These avian visitors further enrich the ecosystem, adding to the ecological diversity and scenic charm of the lake area.

Beyond its ecological significance, Neor Lake serves as a cultural and recreational hub, attracting visitors from far and wide to immerse themselves in its natural splendor. Whether embarking on a leisurely hike along its shores, cycling through the picturesque landscape, or embarking on a safari adventure, travelers find solace and inspiration in the tranquil surroundings of Neor Lake and its surrounding environs.

Throughout the summer season, the lake becomes a focal point for outdoor enthusiasts and leisure seekers, offering a sanctuary of serenity amidst the rugged beauty of the Talysch Mountains. As visitors explore the myriad wonders of Neor Lake, they discover not only its ecological marvels but also the timeless allure of nature in its purest form.

The allure of Neor Lake transcends its physical boundaries, beckoning travelers to embark on a journey of discovery and rejuvenation. With each passing season, the lake reveals new facets of its beauty, inviting all who venture forth to partake in its splendor and serenity.

In conclusion, Neor Lake stands as a testament to the enduring majesty of Iran’s natural landscapes, captivating the hearts and minds of all who encounter its tranquil shores. As a haven for biodiversity and a haven for outdoor recreation, it embodies the timeless allure of nature, beckoning travelers to immerse themselves in its timeless embrace.

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