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Lake Bafa Petzel RocTrip 2014

Petzl RocTrip Is Coming To Lake Bafa In Turkey

The international prestigious climbing event Petzl RocTrip over the last twelve years has traveled to Asia, South America,
Western Europe and North America. The Trip has become famous in the climbing community and this year indicating
the quality of the Bouldering around Lake Bafa its Number 8 Base camp of the trip is located here.3484526_orig
Missing from areas on the world map that have been previously visited was Eastern Europe and Turkey.
This was a location that the tour organisers had anticipated for years.
This years trip includes the Balkans, Greece and Turkey.
After the lead organiser explored the area in person, he realized the incredible potential for climbing in this region,
mostly untapped and still developing. Everywhere to be found are crags, boulders, and
mountains and this is a real coup and vindication for the quality of climbing in and around Lake Bafa Turkey.
A classic Petzl RocTrip is on the road For 40 days and 40 nights.
They will travel together as a group to Romania, Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia’s republic of Macedonia, Greece and
then finally Turkey.With some people attending all 40 days and some just for a day.
Every four or five days they move the tour to a new place these are all great locations-6
for camping in classic local villages on the doorstep of the climbing.
Then they find the crags and big walls,and locations of boulders and deep water soloing spots.
The trip moves from dense forests, boulder-strewn deserts locations to warm sandy seasides.
Travelling on highways and small dirt tracks all with the aim of finding unique climbing opportunities.
The group has evening presentations speakers and socializing making this yearly event increasingly popular.
It will host some of the worlds leading experts in their field and is a total vindication of Lake Bafa in Turkey as
an international destination for this increasingly popular niche sport.

Lake Bafa Petzl Roc Trip Description

“Bafa Lake, an ocean of problems
The fields of granite and gneiss boulders that have rolled down from Mount Atmos spread as far as the eye can see around the village of Kapikiri. Bafa Lake, once a gulf of the Aegean Sea until it was filled by sediment from the Meanderos River, sheltered the Port of Heraclea. From lakeside wilderness campground, climbers can go off in search of fantastic problems in a spectacular setting.”


Promote Protect Stop Pollution Bafa Lake Turkey

Many would prefer to visit this natural water Park than the concrete jungles of mass tourism. It has history that predates many countries. So the appropriate authorities and guardians have a moral duty to clean and protect this National Park.

It merits major investment from all agencies private and public it is a great advert for Turkey if protected and gives rise to tourism that is sustainable and a growth area.

It should be seen as a fantastic investment for tourism and future generations.

Two thousand years ago, Lake Bafa was a bay in the Aegean Sea, known as the Gulf of Latmus. The remains of ancient Byzantine monasteries can still be found on its islets and nearby mountains. Today, the lake in Turkey’s Muğla Province is home to remarkable biodiversity: 261 bird species, 25 plant species, 22 reptile species, and 19 mammal species. But all that is under threat. The lake’s waters have started turning green and foamy thanks to salinization and polluting discharge from factories and fish farms.

Pollution is multi-faceted problem

Untreated waste water from factories in the town of Bafa, which lies east of the lake, is being dumped in the lake, according to Turkish paper Hürriyet Daily News.

At the lake’s western end, a Kilic  fish farm is also releasing waste into the water.

The great scandal of this is that the government deemed the waste too toxic to go in the sea but allows it into a closed water system Bafa Lake

Plans for a second farm are reportedly underway, according to A professor of aquaculture and a spokesman for Turkey’s Ecosystem Protection and Nature-Lovers’ Association (EKODOSD).

Perhaps most destructive, to Lake Bafa is the main water source, the Büyük Menderes River

It has become increasingly salty ever since it was diverted for irrigation use in 1985. The salinization of the river and the Büyük Menderes Lake have lowered the fertility of nearby fields, and have added an unpleasant odor to the lake, causing it to be less attractive destination for tourists.

Pollution solution?

Turkey’s state water works (DSİ)  should treat Bafa Lake with biological cleaning systems to eradicate the pollution. Major efforts should also be made to raise the oxygen levels by enviromentally friendly methods

There is a precedent for what happens if the pollution is not stopped that is it could turn into another Büyük Menderes Lake, with the damage from the pollution spreading far and wide around the region.

Bafa Lake’s water ecosystem the environs, the river basin and soil structure is the best and cheapest purifier for the environment,The natural solutions are around it is crucial to implement and enforce them

A team from the DSİ has previously taken samples from Bafa Lake and will tested them to determine the exact causes of the pollution.

In the summer, when Bafa Lake isn’t receiving much fresh water in the form of rain,, the problem  gets much worse. Visually this year 2014 it was evident visually the colour and algae and smell was there for all to see

In solving the pollution at Bafa Lake, Aydin and Mugla authorities would do well to follow the model of another region close by on Turkey’s Aegean coast that is  İzmir.

The Gulf of İzmir was used as an open sewer system beginning in the 60s. But in 2001, İzmir’s municipal government initiated the Big Gulf Project to clean it up. Those efforts are just now paying off, as recent underwater photos showed considerable marine life returning to the previously polluted bay.izmir bay

The İzmir clean-up effort did require major investments by its the government — investments that not every city in Turkey is rich enough to make. But if  the historical value and tourism potential of Bafa Lake and its surrounding nature reserve were quantified, Muğla and Aydin local authorities would find it an investment worth making as well to maintain this and promote this as a premium tourist destination to complement the areas of Mass tourism.

It is a natural Water Park so you could say stop investing in building concrete aqua parks and invest and save this natural asset.

The area has mass tourism this is an area that is sustainable tourism there are settlements that pre date everything in the area so it is a duty of those that can to save this amazing Lake Bafa for future generations

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Lake Bafa Banner

Bafa Lake In Turkey Activities

Bafa Lake is a National Park that is a living open air museum. There is a number of significant historical sites to visit both on its shorelines and on the four islands located in the lake. The fascinating geography and endemic species of wildlife and flora and forna makes it attractive not only to casual tourists but to avid naturalists and geologists.

The scenery makes it a paradise for photographers and artists recording the landscape and bird life of the area. There are dedicated areas specifically for viewing the visiting birds that migrate here and some species are endangered and rarely seen.

So bird watching on Bafa Lake is attracting visitors from around the globe.

In an area that is rich in history and preserved relics there is many sites to visit.The best way and sometimes the only way to access these areas is on foot.So there are trails that attract visitors of all abilities the casual walking tourist or the hardcore Trekkers.

Bafa Lake Trekking
Bafa Lake Trekking

A region that through history attracted hermits for its solitude also attract those interested in Trekking into peace and solitude so Bafa Lake Trekking is becoming increasingly popular.

There are a number of other activities that can be described as alternative tourism and the area itself is attractive as it is the polarization of mass standard tourism.

One such activity in Bafa Lake is the niche sport of bouldering. Free climbing on the very large rocks formed by historical volcanic activity is increasingly popular. There are many visitors from around the globe that are developing guides and promoting the area via social media to others that relish the original and there fore attractive climbs. It is amazing to see how social media promotes both a unique activity and the area like that as if you search YouTube there are many recordings of people from around the globe conquering Lake Bafa s boulders and landscape.Bafa Lake Bouldering

Bafa Lake Bouldering


Within the boundaries of Bafa Lake are many other water based activities and as the lake has four islands that host both historical and wildlife sites it inspires boat trips .One of the perfect ways to access these sites is via kayaks the lake is suited to enthusiasts of the sport but combined with locations of such interest and inspiration ir gives any participant further motivation. A day trip or a whole holiday based around kayaking on Bafa Lake can be equally fulfilling.

Bafa Lake Kayaking
Bafa Lake Kayaking

In conclusion Bafa Lake is a multifaceted playground rich in both history and nature an ideal location for educational, relaxing or just inspirational holidaying.




Lake Bafa National Park Turkey Portal

The information portal for  lake bafa national park and the surrounding area is armed with a mission to protect and develop this area of astounding natural beauty and massive historical importance.

The Turkish Government has for some years recognized Bafa Lake as an important location and the aim of the portal is to remind, inform and refresh the status of this location as a natural asset for both Turkey and Worldwide.

We wish to to encourage local and global awareness and attract visitors to see this area of amazing natural beauty

Bafa Lake,  used to be a part of Aegean Sea and turned into a lake as result of the development of Great Menderes Delta.

Lake Bafa  is still one of the most  unspoiled watery areas  in Turkey. Although is under threat from various environmental factors

The maximum depth of the Bafa Lake reaches only 25 meters and the main water sources of the Lake Bafa are the water floods of Great Menderes (Büyük Menderes) River, and the underground waters coming from the mountains of the surrounding area. 

The plant cover around the  lake mainly consists of tamarisks, pine trees, and olive groves.

The Lake shelters the ecosystem characteristics of Great Menderes delta and because of that  it provides a winter location and a haven for reproduction for many bird species many of which are in the danger of extinction. 

Some of the main bird species in the Bafa Lake Natural Park are pelican, dwarf cormorant and sea eagle. The Park provides a winter haven for up to 300.000 different birds.

There are 700 kinds of plankton in the Lake, and a vast variety of water plants.

Therefore this causes many fish species to live in the lake. 

The cultural and historical values of the Bafa Lake are substantial

Heraclia Antique City is within the boundaries of the Lake Bafa National Park.

On the south west foot of Beşparmak Mountains is the Antique City there are many historical buildings including Athena Temple, an Agora, Council Building, Public Baths, Theatre, Nymphaion (fountain building), and Endymion Temple.

In order to protect the history and nature  of the area, in 1994, 12281 hectares were made the status of Natural Park. 

That status is merited to protect this outstanding site of natural beauty and substantial historical importance

Today Bafa Lake has environmental problems from modern day influences and it is essential to protect this natural treasure for future generations.

 It is  crucial that lake bafa national park is preserved as it can be seen as a benchmark of the concern in this changing nation Turkey.

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