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A freshwater lake (max. depth 61 m) formerly connected to the Sea of Marmara and fed by the Sakarya river. Arable land, fruit orchards and extensive Populus plantations surround the lake. Narrow reedbeds (Phragmites) fringe most of its shores; only at the eastern end does substantial marsh vegetation occur. Lake water is abstracted for industrial use.
The site is important for wintering wildfowl.
BirdLife International (2018) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sapanca Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/07/2018.