Telascica Nature Park: Mir Salt Lake
Site of Geological and Ecological Interest, Walk (ca 3 km), Swimming
After the Kornati National Park Telascica should be the obvious stop, a blessed relief after the baron sun-blasted landscape of the Kornati Kanal. These two adjacent parks could not be more different from each other with Telascica offering a lush cool tree cover down to the shore of Dugi Otok, where it occupies much of the south east of the island. No visit to Kornati is complete without at least one night in Telascica Nature Park, having reached the marina at ACI Piskera or ACI Zut it is a matter of a couple of hour sail north to the sheltered anchorages of Telascica and the lushness the park offers.
Mir Salt Lake is a few minutes walk from the landing stage in the south west corner of Uvala Tripuljak. Walking over a short rise you will come to a long narrow valley situated between the backs of the sea cliffs to your right and a small hill (100m) to your left. The lake itself is 850 metres long, a little under 300 metres wide and is no more than 6 meters deep. At its south end there is a natural dam of rock that holds it back from flowing into the sea. The lake is connected to the sea by a series of underground fissures and is refreshed through them. Generally it is saltier than the surrounding sea water due evaporation that is caused as the water it holds heats faster and higher than the sea due to its constrained location and shallow depth.
The area surrounding the lake is home to the park’s heard of semi-feral donkeys. The lake itself is home to a limited range of sea dwellers that can survive harsh conditions that include temperature variations from 5-33degrees through the year. These include plankton, Goby, Sea Bass, some shellfish, crabs and a species of eel called the Kajman that can grow to be 3kgs in weight.
Swimming in the lake is permitted and in the hieght of summer it can reach 33 degrees C. Walking around the lake is not strenuous and covers a distance of around 3 km taking you past the natural dam at the lake’s southern end that stops its water flowing back to the sea.
From the landing stage in the south-western corner of Uvala Tripuljak. Moorings are available in the bay and regular excursions visit the area from surrounding towns
Dugi Otok within Telascica Nature Park
Tuesday, 6 September 2011