The 7 Rila lakes are the most famous and most visited group of lakes in Bulgaria.
They are located high in Rila National park, between 2100 and 2500 m above sea level.
Their origin is glacial: glacial lakes appear from glaciers that have eroded the land and then melted to form a lake.
Because of their origin the waters of the lakes are crystal clear and cold even during summer.
The pristine waters however are very fragile and can easily be spoiled by human activity, therefore dipping, washing or bathing in the lakes is strictly prohibited.
Translation: The Kidney
Location: 2282 m above sea level
Depth: 28 m
Translation: The Eye
Location: 2440 m above sea level
Depth: 37.7 m - the deepest glacial lakes on the Balkan peninsula.
Translation: The Tear
Location: 2535 m above sea level
Depth: 4.5 m
Translation: The Twin
Location: 2243 m above sea level
Depth: 27.5 m
Translation: The Trefoil
Location: 2216 m above sea level
Depth: 6.5 m
Translation: The Fish lake
Location: 2184 m above sea level
Depth: 2.5 m
Translation: The Lower lake
Location: 2095 m above sea level
Depth: 11 m
At Rila national park it is NOT allowed:
- washing and swimming in the lakes
- camping and lighting fire
- hunting and feeding wildlife