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Eric Lake (Yoghurt Lake)

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Eric Lake (Yoghurt Lake)
 

Located 20 kilometers to the southeast of the Urho district, Eric Lake is the only natural freshwater lake in Karamay and also marks the location where the Poplar River ends. Eric Lake shares part of the water of the Poplar River and covers an area of about 70 square kilometers with an average depth of 3.1 meters in the rainy season. The lake is shrinking and the quality of the water has deteriorated since the Poplar River Reservoir was built in 1972. The Poplar River was stopped from flowing into Eric Lake in 1991 when the Antelope Spring Reservoir was constructed and the lake started drying up the following year. But it was rejuvenated by the completion of the Karamay water diversion project in 2000 when the Poplar River started filling the lake once again. Now Eric Lake is sometimes referred to as “the beauty of the desert” with swathes of lush reed at the entrance and fish and wild ducks in the water.