Gobind Sagar Lake over the Sutlej River
is a huge reservoir and is the result of Bhakra Nangal
, the world’s second highest gravity dam. It is a major landmark of Bilaspur District
. It covers an area of 170 sq km and its length extends up to 90 km. The lake is named in honor of Guru Gobind Singh
, the tenth and last guru of Sikhs.
In October and November, the water level of the reservoir is at peak and a series of boat races are organized by the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation. The water sports activities such as water-skiing, sailing, kayaking and water-scooter racing can be enjoyed during this time.
The lake is a perfect base for angling, and a large variety of a fish including tor putitora, mirror carp and allied species can be found in its clear water. The lake's shore is also home to a variety of rare species of birds.
A wide range of facilities such as speedboat and ferry rides are available to explore the lake. The mountaineering institute here conducts water sports festival every winter.