It is located in the village of Mugla, west of the Mediterranean Region. The water hafi f salty Köycegiz Lake is a rare natural treasure. It has an area of about 52 square kilometers. Altitude above sea level is between 6-10 meters. There are four islands in the lake. Like most lakes close to the sea, Köycegiz was a bay once connected to the Mediterranean. Over time, it became a lake by breaking away from the sea with sand sets accumulated by the waves. There is a canal covered with reedbeds 12 kilometers long and two meters deep, carrying the excess waters of Köycegiz Lake to the Mediterranean. it’s a monument. The Dalyan Canal opens to the Mediterranean at Iztuzu Beach, one of the important spawning sites of sea turtles.
The fertile area created by Köycegiz Lake and Dalyan Canal is important for birds as well as many plant species. There are 40 endemic plant species around the lake, 2 of which are known in the world, the only known habitat is around Köycegiz Lake. Pheasant Lake, also located in this system, is also an important spawning area for the Nile turtle. Otter is also one of the most important mammal species in the region. Studies have revealed that the lake is home to 112 bird species. Izmir is one of the two known areas in the Aegean region. It’s also one of those places where the shallow tree is rare.
Göl öğlene kadar çok sakin, öğleden sonra ise hafif bir meltem esiyor. Sakin olduğu için su kayağı ve diğer su sporları rahatlıkla yapılabiliyor. Gölün kenarında bulunan 2 kilometrelik yürüyüş alanı muhteşem bir manzara sunan, çok güzel bir parkur. Bütün bu özelliklerine rağmen, ne yazık ki bu sulak alan da diğerleri kadar olmasa da tarımsal ve evsel atıklarla kirletiliyor.