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Rawal lake (Rawal Dam)

Margalla Hills National Park, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Rawal lake (Rawal Dam)

Korang River along with some other small streams coming from Margalla Hills have been set to form this artificial lake which covers an area of 8.8 km2.

Rawal Lake is surrounded by a forest of indigenous flowering trees, On the Lakes edge you can spot several birds especially the Mallard or wild duck, making the Park a favourite spot for Islamabads bird watchers. Also you can spot indigenous wildlife which includes the common fox, pangolin, porcupine, jungle cat, jackal, yellow-throated marten and even wild boars.

The area around the lake has been planted with flowering trees and laid out with gardens, picnic spots, and secluded paths. The terraced garden and the lake are used for picnics, fishing and boating. The highest point in the garden offers a panoramic view of the lake, Margalla and Murree hills, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Rawal Lake is an artificial reservoir that provides the water needs for the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and is located within an isolated section of the Village Malpur, Bani Gala and Margalla Hills National Park islamabad, Pakistan.

Lake View Point Islamabad

Lake View Point Islamabad

Wildlife

  • The reservoir is of considerable importance for wintering waterfowl, especially Anas platyrhynchos.

  • Resident mammals include the common Fox, Pangolin, Porcupine, Jungle cat, Jackal, Wild boar and yellow-throated marten.

  • Reptiles include Indian Cobra and Russell's Viper.

  • It is a good place for birds watching, as the majority of Birds of Islamabad are found here.

  • There are 15 fish species belonging to 11 genera that present in Rawal Lake. The fish species in Rawal lake and its tributaries include: Doula (Channa channa), Rahu (Labeorohita), Thaila (Catla catla), Mori(Cirrhinus mrigala), Carp fish (Cyprinus carpio)and Talapia(Tilapia mossambica).

Rawal Lake Canals

Left bank canal(Shahana Disty)

  • Length: 5 miles (8.0 km)

  • Capacity: 40 ft3/s (1.1 m3/s)

  • Purpose: Irrigation

Right bank canal (Ojri Disty)

  • Length: 1.5 miles (2.4 km)

  • Capacity: 70 ft3/s (2.0 m3/s)

  • Purpose: Drinking water supply to Rawalpindi

Lake View Park

  • The Park is constructed at the bank of Rawal Lake and is becoming one of Islamabad and Rawalpindis most popular recreational avenues, due to the many leisure activities it provides.

  • The park is a pleasure place of International standards. The park has been facilitated through many facilities by CDA such as it encompasses Busses, passenger trains, games, fun rides for younger and elders. In addition to that it offers amenities of adventure sports and these includes sports like paintball, car dodging, speed boats, quad motocross, wall climbing and scooter boats as well. Moreover motorized and ordinary boats are also present for families and individual. The park also consists of a small passenger train; even a separate small zoo has been made in the park of rare species of birds.

  • For the visitors food points and refreshment stalls are also organized in different places of the park and a restaurant named "Dera" also offers foodstuff and refreshing stuff and to enjoy BBQ the authorities have placed grills on different places of park. On the other hand, visitors mostly bring their own meals to enjoy picnic with their friends and relatives.

  • To entertain the visitors the management has also organized live music. CDA encompasses numerous workers that are working in the park that includes gardeners, security guards, sanitary workers and other administrative staff. The parking area of the park is quiet immense and cheap.

Accessibility

  • The journey to the Lake View Park is not difficult. While traveling from Islamabad to Murree (Murree Road N75) a road turns right just before Barakahu (Lake Park Road), it will lead you to the Lake View Parking area.

  • Parking is very vast and inexpensive.

  • Public Transport (Vans and Buses) from Rawalpindi and Islamabad is also available to reach the park.

Facilities and Services

Lake View Park is a popular picnic spot with many facilities, Some of the facilities here include: