The frozen Gökçedere Dam Lake attracts those seeking an ice skating paradise this winter with its fascinating, picturesque landscape in Turkey’s northeastern Bayburt province.
The surface of the lake, which was created for agricultural irrigation and cage fishing in the Gökçedere town of the Demirözü district, freezes every year during the harsh winter season. The enchantingly beautiful sight offers a pleasant winter experience, and while the town does not have an ice rink, locals enjoy skating on the natural ice provided by the lake, some with their skates and others just with shoes.
Bayburt Mayor Yavuz Bakır told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they are happy that the lake and its surroundings, which attract many tourists during the summer, also draw young people when the temperature falls below the freezing.
Plans to construct new facilities are also expected to provide a major boost to local tourism.