Kirov Reservoir

Kirov Reservoir

Kirov Reservoir is a large reservoir in Talas and is known for its huge Lenin head statue at the top of the dam. The reservoir is located in the west part of the Talas region and north of Kyzyl-Adyr, a town in the Chon-Kapka gorge, more precisely 54 km west of Talas town and 32 km southeast from r from the city of Taraz in Kazakhstan

Kirov dam
Kirov reservoir in talas, Kyrgyzstan

The reservoir was built in 1975 to irrigate the lands in the Talas valley and in the nearby areas of the neighboring Republic of Kazakhstan. The greatest depth of the reservoir is 7 meters and the area is about 20 square kilometers. The length of the dam reservoir is 256 meters, its height 86 meters, and its width 7 meters. Opposite to the dam, near the car park there is a demonstrative Soviet-era bas-relief by the German-Kyrgyz artist Theodor Herzen. 

kirov reservoir talas
kirov reservoir dam soviet murall

Under the reservoir lies a ruined town called Sheldy. It was a significant millennium old town that in the 16 century used to produce silver and other goods for the entire region. In the autumn time when the water level is low, it is rarely possible to see the remains of the destroyed town standing under the water. You can have a good time outdoors or go fishing at the shore of the Kirov reservoir. During the high water season, the water is spilled out in a splashy way from the spillway of the dam and it creates beautiful rainbows on a sunny day.

Kirov dam in Talas
Kirov dam and reservoir in Talas

Sights near Kirov Reservoir

Page updated 15.9.2022

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