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Lake Arpi, Shirak Province

Lake Arpi is located in the Shirak Province of Armenia, on the Ashotsk plateau in the northwestern part of the country. The lake sits at an altitude of 2,025 m with an area of 220km2. It originates from a volcano tectonic earthquake.
In 1951, a dam was built to create the Lake Arpi reservoir and artificially increased the natural state of 4.5km2, 1.6m deep, and volume of 5 million cubic meters. The reservoir's dam is 10m high, and 80m long. The reservoir-lake spans 7.3km long and 4.3km wide, with an area of 20km2, 8m deep, and a volume of 30 million cubic meters.
Lake Arpi has become the second most important body of water in Armenia, next to Lake Sevan. It is used for irrigation and hydropower production. The lake is fed by meltwater and four streams, and it is the source of the Akhurian River.
The lake has rich flora and fauna. It is a Ramsar Convention protected site, and a national park was established around the lake in 2009. During the winter, it is completely covered by ice. In its waters, cyprinus and varicorhinus. More than 100 species of birds have been observed around Lake Arpi.
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  • Stopped by Lake Arpi on our way from Gyumri to Georgia, it was a bit out of our way but we had heard it was beautiful so we had to see it. It is very wild as it is a nature preserve so with our 4x4 it...  more »
  • The area is spectacular but beware. There are no shops, no lodgings and the roads are terrible. I drove through the area to the lake with a standard car which is manageable but you are occasionally sc...  more »
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