Lake Taka is situated approximately 10 kilometres from Tripolis and is one of the most important wetlands of the wider Arcadian region, as well as of the Peloponnese. The area hosts several species of flora and fauna and it’s included in the European Network Natura 2000.
This lake creates a truly impressive natural phenomenon: during the summer it is completely dry and during the fall it slowly fills up again. By winter, the waters reach their maximum level and the village of Vouno, which is built on its shores, becomes riparian.
Lake Taka is situated in the Tegea plateau, approximately 10 kilometres from Tripolis, at an altitude of 650 metres, and is an area of special ecological interest and exceptional natural beauty. The area was once called “Manthourian Field”, since this is where it is assumed the ancient city of Manthyrea once stood, as evidenced from the findings that came to light through various excavations.
A walk on the shores of the lake is enough for you to discover its rich flora that includes willows and water lilies, while it’s very possible to see many species of the local fauna, like moorhens, glossy ibis, wild ducks, egrets, kingfishers, swans and several mammals and amphibians. These are only a few of the species that live in Lake Taka, 13 of which are truly significant. The mountainous location Kandalos offers the most breathtaking view of the area.
The depth of the lake is not stable, but varies depending on the season, and is influenced by many reasons, such as rainfall, as well as the activity of the underground streams and springs. The lake is supplied with fresh water from several different springs, while a system of sinkholes transfers this water along underground rivers. Due to this natural phenomenon, there are significant variations in its level -often from year to year- whereas some years, especially during the summer, the lake is completely dry. These variations have created the following spectacle: the village of Vouno, which is built on the shores of the lake, becomes riparian when the water is high, and when the level is low it becomes coastal again.
Early enough, the State has made full use of the lake, not only for the irrigation of the entire region, but also to promote it as an important wetland. The area surrounding the lake is used for cultivation, especially of apples. During the summer, when the water drains, parts of the lake are also cultivated. Because of these crops, it was imperative to control the impetuous flow of the water, which during the winter has often proven destructive.