Lake Shira

Lake Shira is a meromictic lake (the water layers do not mix), located in the Republic of Khakassia, Russia. The lake covers an area of 39.5 km2 (15.3 sq mi) in a steppe landscape in the Minusinsk Hollow, a relatively flat intermountain area 160 km northwest of the city of Abakan. The village for which it is named, Shira, is 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) to the west. The southern and western shores feature beaches popular for local recreation (the bottom is sandy), and spas that take advantage of the mineral water. Lake Shira is a salt lake with a high magnesium content. It has one small river providing inflow, but no outflow, although geographically the lake is in the Yenisei River basin. The northern shore is protected by the Khakasski Nature Reserve.[1]

Lake Shira
Озеро Шира.jpg
Lake Shira is located in Khakassia
Lake Shira
Lake Shira
LocationRepublic of Khakassia
Coordinates54°30′38″N 90°12′09″E / 54.51056°N 90.20250°E / 54.51056; 90.20250Coordinates: 54°30′38″N 90°12′09″E / 54.51056°N 90.20250°E / 54.51056; 90.20250
Basin countriesRussia
Max. length9.5 km (5.9 mi)
Max. width5 km (3.1 mi)
Surface area35.9 km2 (13.9 sq mi)
Max. depth23 m (75 ft)



  1. ^ "Khakasski Zapovednik" (in Russian). Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Russia). Retrieved May 12, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)