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THE LAKES OF SMILOVCI




       The lakes Savat I and Savat II are artificial accumulations made in the region of Zabrdje in the Odorovsko-Smilovska karst gorge (about 700 m above sea level) near the village Smilovci; therefore they are known as the lakes of Smilovci. They are about 12 km away from Dimitrovgrad to the north, and an asphalt road leads to them. They belong to the Collective farm ‘Stocar' in Dimitrovgrad. They were made in 1979, that is, in 1985 due to land reclamation of the aforementioned karst field, that is dreinage in the spring and irrigation in the summer and autumn. The surface of Savat I is about 5.3 hectares, with accumulation of 83,000 m 3 of water, and the biggest depth of 6 m, and the surface of Savat II is about 22 hectares, with accumulation of 420,000 m 3 of water and the biggest depth of 6.


     PSince the lakes have never been used for the initial purpose, they have been stocked with fish during a certain period of time and given to the Union of sport fishermen ‘Nisava' in Dimitrovgrad. The lakes appeared to be ideal for fish growing and sport fishing, and that is the reason why for years they have been the favourite destination of numerous sport fishermen from Dimitrovgrad, Pirot, Nis , and other towns. The lakes are rich in carp, stuka, catfish, robin, bodorka, American catfish, and other fishes. The annual capacity is production and fishing of 30 – 50 tonnes of fish. There is a service for fishing control, and only the fishermen who possess the annual or daily license are allowed to fish in those lakes.



       The area around the lake is good for marking of pedestrian, trim, riding and cycling tracks, as well as for the building of a camp site, bungalows, and restaurants. Near the lakes, there is a famous natural rarity, the Cave of Petrlas (about 2 km), as well as the monasteries St. Petka and St.St Kirik and Julita.

 


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