18 February 2021
Balıklı Lake, known as the non-freezing lake in Erzurum, does not freeze even in temperatures down to minus 40 degrees. The lake, which does not freeze despite being full of snow, amazes those who see it.
Balıklı Lake, located in the village of Söğütlü, which is connected to the Aziziye district of Erzurum, is considered sacred by the local people. The most important feature of Balıklı Lake is that it does not freeze even on the coldest days of winter. Also, local people claim that the lake water is healing.
There is no icing in the lake, which has a temperature of over 20 degrees even when the air temperature in the city drops to 40 degrees below zero. The surrounding snow covered lake, on the other hand, leaves the citizens in astonishment. On the other hand, the villagers who describe the lake as sacred feed the fish living in the lake with feed and bread.
Saying that the legend of the lake started with the wife of the shepherd and the shepherd living in the cave, Seyfettin Küçükler, the head of the Söğütlü District, said, “The legend of this lake begins with the shepherd and his wife living by the lake. A poor man comes to this area in the morning as the shepherd takes his sheep to graze. He starts asking everyone for ingredients like sugar, flour and oil. Meanwhile, the poor man who sees the shepherd’s wife says give you a kiss for the sake of Allah because the woman is beautiful. When the woman hears the consent of Allah, she does not make a voice and accepts. The woman tells this event to her husband in the evening, and her husband lights a fire in the face of this incident and tells his wife to jump into the fire. She jumps into the fire without hesitation in the woman. Legend has it that a woman who jumps into a fire becomes a fish, while fire becomes water. According to what Ziya Pasha wrote in his books, this is one of the legends ”.
Noting that the water does not freeze even at minus 50 degrees and the lake has healing properties, Küçükler said, “Another feature of this water is that it does not freeze even when it sees minus 50 degrees. Unlike in minus 50 degrees air, the water is warmer. The temperature of the water can rise up to 22 degrees in cold weather. In addition, there are green lawns everywhere along the 4-kilometer distance through which this water flows. Water also has healing properties. None of our citizens living in our village have rheumatism. Citizens come here in summer and winter and enter the water so they do not get sick.