To the east of Islamabad and at the foothills of Murree, lies a scenic & spectacular lake aptly named as Rawal Lake. This lake is host to many of the sporting events like, rowing, sailing and recreations like boating, fishing, sightseeing etc. Rawal Lake’s primary role is to provide a water reservoir for the twin cities. Nevertheless, it is an attractive place for the visit
|Location:||Margalla Hills National Park|
|Local Language Name:||Rawal lake|
|Coordinates :||33°42′N 73°07′E|
|Max. depth:||102 ft (31 m)|
|Catchment area:||275.2 km²|
|Surface area:||8.8 km2 (3.4 sq mi)|
|famous as :||lake|
|lake aptly named:||Rawal Lake|
|known as Rawal Park:||Lake View Park|
|area around the lake:||planted with flowering trees and laid out with gardens, picnic spots|
|which offers different:||sporting facilities|
|Longitude:||73° 7′ E|
|lake covers an area:||106.25 square miles (275 km²)|
|Rawal Lake nearby:||Rawal Dam and other nearby streams from Margalla Hills|
|Fishery :||are 15 fish species belonging to 11 genera that are present in Rawal Lake|
On the way toward Kashmir from Islamabad, situated a vast park known as Rawal Park (Lake View Park). The park has become a favourite picnic spot for people of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Once people also use to do camping in this park but was banned by the authorities, but there are many grills installed at different places in the park where people can enjoy Bar B.Q. There are also many small refreshment stalls at different places, along with a large restaurant serving food and refreshments for the visitors.
Along with lush green park, a huge amusement park and biggest bird ivory of Pakistan, there is also a huge lake known as Rawal Lake. The lake covers an area of 106.25 square miles (275 km²) and is filled with water from Rawal Dam and other nearby streams from Margalla Hills.
This lake is an excellent place for bird watchers and is considered an important reservoir for wintering waterfowl, especially Anas platyrhynchos and other mammals like Fox, Pangolin, Porcupine, Jungle cat, Jackal, Wild boar and yellow-throated marten. Also found in this lake are nearly 15 species of fishes and many people come to this lake for fishing during fishing season. The setting sun creates an astonishing environment at the lake.
Easily accessible by car or public transport this place is a must visit for the tourist visiting Rawalpindi/Islamabad for the first time. Remember that the park closes at 8 PM so whenever visiting do consider park timing in your plan, and remember to bring a camera for splendid photo-shoots
The area around the lake has been planted with flowering trees and laid out with gardens, picnic spots, and secluded paths. The terraced garden and the lake are used for picnics, fishing and boating. The highest point in the garden offers a panoramic view of the lake, Margalla and Murree hills, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Boating, sailing, water skating and diving facilities are organized by private clubs.
To the west of the lake is the Islamabad Club, which offers different sporting facilities.
The reservoir is of considerable importance for wintering waterfowl, especially Anas platyrhynchos.
Resident mammals include the common Fox, Pangolin, Porcupine, Jungle cat, Jackal, Wild boar and yellow-throated marten.
Reptiles include Indian Cobra and Russell’s Viper.
It is a good place for birds watching, as the majority of Birds of Islamabad are found here sometimes Markhor.
There are 15 fish species belonging to 11 genera that are present in Rawal Lake. The fish species in Rawal lake and its tributaries include: Doula (Channa channa), Rahu (Labeorohita), Thaila (Catla catla), Mori(Cirrhinus mrigala), Carp fish (Cyprinus carpio)and Talapia(Tilapia mossambica)
Features of Rawal Lake
- Location: Islamabad Park Area
- Longitude: 73° 7′ E
- Latitude: 33° 41′ N
- Catchments Area: 106.25 square miles (275 km²)
New Nature Reserve at Rawal Lake Phase One Complete
Hello readers; I (RMK) am the happiest man around today, a dream come true at last. The Himalayan wildlife Foundation (HWF) has succeeded in placing buoys or markers around the Eastern Shoreline of Rawal Lake. This is the first phase of creating a Nature Reserve and it means that hunting and fishing will be prohibited and boats will not be allowed into the area designated for the protection of wildlife at Rawal Lake. This is truly a remarkable achievement and will become a major contribution towards the conservation of Pakistan’s incredible fauna and flora.
On 12 December 2014, an officer from the HWF accompanied me and we took boat trip over the whole area of the lake. It was a perfect moment of my life and I really missed my colleagues and friends: Shadmena, Richard and Islbirder with whose assistance the first phase is completed. This is, without doubt, a massive achievement by the HWF and huge congratulations to them.
We also selected a bird watching point and I believe that soon it will be operative and you will be able to bring your binoculars and cameras and watch and photograph some amazing birds right in front of you. On the day, it was fairly quiet but we saw some Mallards, both males and females, flying over the lake near the markers.