Lake Tisza is a water wonderland of no small measure, and a veritable naturalist's delight. It is a shallow yet beautiful lake on the Tisza River, created in 1970 as the world's first dam control system in the world to deliberately integrate a self-sustaining environmental area. In the reed forests along the shores, hundred of birds nest, while cormorants and eagles perch on the branches protruding from the water and more than 50 different kinds of fish frolic in the water. The lake is actually part of the Hortobágy National Park, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lake Tisza is vast, 49 square miles in area, the second largest lake in Hungary. It is divided into three primary environmental parts. The first is the northern part of the lake (the area just north of Highway 33), known interchangeably as the Bird Reservation of Lake Tisza and Tiszavalk Pool, which is a protected sanctuary and can only be toured with a licensed guide. The second part consists of Aranyosi Bay, the Basin of Sarud and the Small Tisza, all of which border on the deepest hole of the Tisza, the Poroszló Pool, and are themselves surrounded by habitats of heron and cormorants, and fields of water lilies and endless reed forests, crisscrossed by walking trails that are open to both individual as well as guided tours. And the third part comprises the balance of the lake, essentially the southern and eastern shores - including sections of the Bay of Sarud, the Bay of Abádsalók and the Basin of Tiszafüred - which is devoted to watersports, including motorboating.
There are several charming towns and villages in the Tisza region too, within a stone's throw of the lake, many centered around the area's principal draw, thermal baths, and all of them with good accommodations and visitor facilities, and well worth a visit.
Lake Tisza is situated approximately a two-hour drive east-southeast of Budapest.
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