Krugloye Lake is located in the Sharypovsky district of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, in the eastern spurs of the Kuznetsk Alatau, 40 km west of the city of Uzhur. Krugloye Lake is located in the crater of a long extinct volcano. The lake is rightfully considered one of the wonders of the Sharypovsky district. It has an oval shape, but at a certain angle it really looks like a round one. In length, Krugloye Lake extends for almost a kilometer, its width is about 400 m.
According to scientists, the reservoir is of tectonic origin and its depth is about 80 m. The tectonic fault is clearly visible from the hill: in that place the water becomes dark purple. On this lake, not a single investigated component exceeds the maximum permissible concentration. The water in the lake is clear, and bottom sediments are considered healing. According to local residents, lake moisture and mud from the lake treat eye diseases. The water in Lake Krugloy is very cold, since a large number of sources flow into it. Around the lake there are several springs; the water of some of them is considered to heal health problems.
Since Krugloye Lake is located in a crater, it is almost impossible to reach it by car. On the shore, you also need to be very careful, as the coastline of the lake is invisible due to upcoming cliffs.
Photo: Sergey Filinin