Pavlodar region has rich nature. The Bayanaul National Park is located in Pavlodar region. There are a lot of attractions in Bayanaul, but the main thing is the extraordinary nature, it attracts many tourists and travelers. Bayanaul is four lakes surrounded by Rocky Mountains and pine forests. The climate is sharply continental. In winter, the region is surrounded by the Siberian anticyclone. The average winter temperature is minus 18 degrees, but it also can reach minus 48 degrees. The average temperature in July is 19-22 degrees, but it can be hot up to 41 degrees. So, please always check the weather before going trekking to Bayanaul, because the weather can change fast.
Over 140 rivers flow through the Pavlodar region and also there are 1200 large and small lakes. About a hundred of them are fresh, and the rest are salty.
The Bayaul National Park has 4 big lakes: Sabyndykol, Zhasybay, Toraigyr, Birzhankol.
The biggest lake – Sabyndykol, in kazakh language it means soap lake. People called it soap lake because the water there is soft like it is soapy.
Zhasybay lake has the clearest water in national park, that is why it’s the most popular among of tourist. The former name of the lake is Shoynkol. It was renamed in the honor of the Kazakh batyr Zhasybay, who died in 1752 at the pass between the lakes in a battle with the Dzungars. He was killed by an enemy arrow. The path to the hero’s grave on the pass where he was buried is still preserved.
There are a lot of fish in Toraigyr lake, so it is popular among fishermen. The lake was named after a poet Sultanmahmut Toraigyrov who was raised in Bayanaul.
Birzhankol is the smallest lake, its name means “the lake of one soul”.
As mentioned before n Pavlodar region there is lots of lakes and rivers. The most famous are Moyyldy, and Kalatuz lakes. Moyyldy Lake is incredibly popular, the resort area and the lake itself attract a huge amount of tourists and are known far beyond Kazakhstan. The lake contains mineralized silt mud and salty brine, which provides a powerful healing effect for various diseases of the musculoskeletal system. The healing water of another Kalatuz lake calms, reduces muscle tension and even has a rejuvenating effect. That is why this these lakes are very popular not only among Pavlodar residents.
Kempyr Tas is a big weird shaped rock. It can be seen from some elevated points of the road from Toraigyr Lake to Zhasybai Lake. Kempirtas stands between the village of Toraigyr and Lake Zhasyby. Kempirtas literally translates as crone rock. It was named after a legend about evil witch. As legend says the guards of a village saw that crone grabbed the horse and carried it across the sky to her cave. They decided to ambush her and waited when she returned to the cave. They were fighting all night long and closer to the morning she won and were going back to cave. But first rays of sun turned Kempir’s head into the rock.
Chalday Boron is a part of the state forest natural reserve “Ertis Ormany”, created in 2003. The area is 279 thousand hectares, 150 thousand of them are areas covered by forest.
Chalday boron is one of the main attractions of Pavlodar. Boron looks very impressive in photos from space, stretching narrow and long (hundreds of kilometers) furrows in the steppe between the Ob and Irtysh rivers. According to one version, the boron grew after the ancient glacier, sliding from the northeast, plowed in several languages the treeless steppe, bringing in itself both wood seeds and suitable sandy soil.
Chaldai boron is famous for its local squirrel population - tele-duck. She is very numerous here, has a beautiful bluish skin.