Kokshetau State National Natural Park
Is organized due to the decision of KR Government in April 1996, the aim of its foundation was reservation and restoration of the unique mountainous and lake systems, historical tombstones, archeology and culture of North Kazakhstan. Its largest part (to the Southwest of Kokshetau) occupies more than 182000 hectares and includes mountain ranges, forest tracts and water areas of Zerenda, Imantau, Ayirtau and Shalkar native zones.
The park is characteristic of its lowland middle mountainous (up to 1500 m.) reliefs and steppe picturesque landscapes; it′s a land of blue lakes and blue mountains; it′s commonly called Kazakhstani pearl.
An honor of the land are birch and pine groves with such big animals as the elm, the bear, the roe living in them; low-lying highlands and lakes.
The park is also exclusive with a great variety of natural resources, including northern and southern steppes, forests mixed with steppes and forest planting.
National park is a nature-conservative founding the aim of which is to combine ecological education with a resting places surrounded by an almost virgin nature.Natural complex standards, rare and disappearing flora and fauna specimens are saved there.
The territory of the park is remarkable with its beauty. The picturesque combination of glades brimmed by birch and pine graves, high hills with primary moss-grown rocks with multiple lakes and boglets is very amazing to the eye. Each lake, hill, glade, spring has its own name.
There is a number of legends and folk beliefs about the holy birch, Zheltau Hill and other memorable places. Approximately 800 species of plants grow on the territory of the park, massive birch and pine forests grow mainly on the surface of the hills.
Fauna of the park is represented by 305 species of animals, 22 kinds of fish, 5 kinds of creepers, 223 species of birds and 54 kinds of mammals; 22 species of animals are registered in The Red Book.
185 ancient historical memorials such as sites, burial mounds, settlements, towns and a well-known settlement “Botay” of the zeolite epoch are also found there.
At present the “Botay” memorial is included into the World-Wide Cultural Heritage Register and is protected by UNESKO (United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization)
The National Park includes the health resort “Turpan” (lake Shalkar) and almost dying out Club of Young Sailors (lake Imantau)
Administrative center of the park is located in Kokshetau