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Introduction: Lake Bakhtegan

Bakhtegan Lake, which had turned into a graveyard of flamingos, was revived after water flowed into it after a lapse of five years.

Fars province suffered from drought in 2007 which threatened its lakes. The wetlands dried up one after another.

Tashk and Bakhtegan used to be among the great lakes of the country before the drought. These lakes are linked to each other during rainy years, Mehr News Agency wrote.

Bakhtegan was declared a protected zone in 1968 and became a wildlife sanctuary in 1975.


About 7,000 flamingo chicks were collected from Bakhtegan Wetland and moved to Ali Yousef Island. However, a thousand others perished in the wetland.

Kaftar Lake, which extends over 7,000 hectares near Eqlid, Fars province, could not tolerate the drought.

Located 2,300 meters above sea-level near Kaftar Village, it is the second fresh water lake after Parishan Lake. It is considered a natural habitat of migratory birds and an ideal breeding place for carp.

The presence of springs and aqueducts has also made it suitable for breeding trout.

Prior to the drought, a large amount of carp were harvested from Kaftar Lake. But when the lake dried up, it affected the livelihoods of local people and led to the closure of fishing cooperatives.

Other lakes of Fars province such as Kamjan and Maharlou faced the same fate.

This trend continued for years. Fortunately, precipitations in recent months breathed a new life into the wetlands.

As a result, the Department of Environment (DoE) officials of Fars province managed to get the water flow into Bakhtegan Lake.

Supportive Factors

Moreover, the support of local communities and environmental activists also helped revive these wetlands.

At present, water flows from Kor River to Bakhtegan Lake.

Speaking in this regard, Husseinali Ebrahimi Karnami, director general of Fars DoE, said recent precipitations have injected a new life into Kaftar Lake.

Karnami explained that in light of recent rainfalls and the cooperation of officials, a share of water was allocated to Bakhtegan Lake from Kor River.

Highlighting that Tashk Lake and Kamjan Lake are now filled with water, he put the water share of Bakhtegan Lake at 40 million cubic meters.

Calling it an appropriate measure, the official added that the share of water for Bakhtegan Lake should be taken into consideration because it supports agriculture, employment, tourism and even bird reproduction.

Karnami said legal and illegal wells surrounding Parishan Lake hinder its revival.

Two local and provincial committees have been formed for the management of Parishan Wetland and the local committee is run by Kazeroun governor.

Stressing that the local committee has taken effective measures, he said a number of wells were blocked during the last Iranian year (ended March 19).

He elaborated that illegal wells are to be blocked and legal wells are to be organized, noting that plans are underway to prevent the digging of new wells.

“Many occupied lands have been returned to the Department of Environment,” he said, stressing that this will help the revival of Parishan Wetland.

Recent precipitations have injected fresh life into the lakes of Fars province and environmental activists are optimistic about the revival of wetlands.


Location: Lake Bakhtegan is a salt lake in Fars Province, southern Iran, about 160 km (99 mi) east of Shiraz and 15 km (9.3 mi) west of the town of Neyriz.

Walking path length: Depends on your plan, but no walking is possible

Days of trip: 3 Days from Tehran to Tehran (Without heavy traffic you need 12 hr driving from Tehran to Shiraz and 3-4 hr to the lake.

Best time to visit: May to October

Daily time visit: No limit, but in summer middle of the day maybe hot

Difficulty level: Depend on your plan

Requirements: (Depend on your plan) Guide or GPS track, water, food, warm and waterproof clothes and tent, waterproof shoes, satellite phone, headlamp

Legal permission need: Depend on your plan maybe Yes/No


Overall risk: -

Animal risk: No

Lost risk: Depend on your plan maybe Yes/No

Rescue: Yes, you can call 115

GSM Mobile Antenna: Depend on your plan maybe Yes/No


Hotel: in Shiraz City Yes


Shop: in Shiraz City Yes

Gasoline: in Shiraz City Yes


How to get there:
1- Go to Baihaghi or south terminal of buses in Tehran .
2- Take a bus ticket to Shiraz(Distabce from Tehran to Shiraz is 931 Km )
3- Take a taxi from Shiraz to the lake

Nearest airport: Shiraz airport

Nearest train station: Shiraz station

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The lake is part of the Bakhtegan national park. Bakhtegan zone has been a protected zone since 1968 due to its ecological significance. The national park has an area of more than 117,000 hectares in Fars province. The average altitude varies between 1560 to 2480 meters, the annual precipitation is 330 millimeter and the annual average temperature is 15 degrees centigrade. Such a condition has led to the formation of a moderate and arid climate at Bakhtegan national park.

Bakhtegan national park comprises Bakhtegan Lake and some mountainous areas to its north that are situated within the wild life habitat of Bakhtegan. Bakhtegan Lake has the depth of 3 meters during years with high precipitation and creates a bigger lake jointly with Tashak Lake. There are diverse types of aquatic organisms such as algaes and seaweeds living in the lake. The islands of Bakhtegan Lake are suitable places for migrant birds for laying eggs. For this reason, Bakhtegan national park is considered as an important habitat for birds by relevant international bodies.

You will also find different types of animals such as goats, rams, ewes, panthers, flamingos, ducks, white pelicans, vultures and turtles. One can also spot Artemia shrimps in the lake. The diverse biological features and beautiful nature has turned Bakhtegan national park into a suitable place for scientific, research and tourism activities.
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