Mahodand Lake: The Lake of Fishes

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Mahodand Lake: The Lake of Fishes

Mahodand Lake (“Lake of Fishes”) is a lake situated in the upper Usho Valley at a distance of over 40 kilometer from the Kalam, Swat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of, northwestern of country Pakistan. It is a popular resort for holiday makers and always thronged from visitors. The lake is reachable by a 4-wheel drive vehicle, and is a great place for fishing and boating.

Geography

The Mahodand Lake deploys at the foothills of Hindukush Mountains at an altitude of (9,603 feet), enclosed by the beautiful lush green meadows, snow clad mountains and dense forests. At the same time, the banks of Mahodand Lake are covered by long towering trees of pine species and sprawling pastures that facilitates as the camping location during the season of summer for the tourists.

The Mahodand Lake is fed by melting glaciers and springs of the Hindukush Mountain and offers rise to Ushu Khwar, the great left tributary of the River Swat.

Flora and fauna

During the season of winter, the Mahodand Lake gets freeze and is covered by heavy snow. In the season of summers, the basin of the lake is enclosed by a sheet of alpine flowers such as geum, blue poppy; potentilla and gentian are generally common. Rather than this, the lake is encircled by diverse pinus species which facilitates as abode for wild birds. Similarly, the lake consists of abounding trout fishes, which furnish perfect chance for angling, but catching is permitted merely to the licensed anglers.

Fishing and Camping

Great number of tourists comes to the lake side for camping, fishing, walking around and trekking to the mountains. The waters of Mahodand Lake are classified into a series of small and big streams, which once swarmed with brown and rainbow trout fishes launched by the former ruler of Swat State. But because of over fishing by the regional people for everyday income and the illegal use of fishing methods such as electrocution, dynamiting and use of huge nets have decreased their number highly.

 

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