Lake Itkul is big fresh reservoir with the purest water among all khakassian lakes. Itkul even called “The Siberian Baikal”. Lake Itkul is one of the biggest Khakassian freshwater lakes. The surface area is 23 square kilometers and the depth is 17 meters.
The lake is surrounded by steppe landscapes. On the east side, there are small birch and larch groves. Forest is just on the south-west side.
Itkul Lake and most of its shores are the part of the Khakassky Reserve that’s why tourists have to get the permit to stay there from the Directorate.
The northeast shore, which is closed to Kolodezny village, and the north-west shore near the Shira village are available for visitors.
The beaches of Itkul Lake are mostly rocky. The water is fresh, clean and clear. The swimming season is lasting from June till August, but the water is heated only to the middle of July.
On the lake’s territory there aren’t place for the active rest.Tourists can see about 20 large and small lakes from the sightseeing platform near Itkul.