Belmeken Dam

Belmeken Dam

The Belmeken is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 2.058m (6,751ft) above the sea level, located in the Rila mountain range, in southwestern Bulgaria. The surface of the road is paved and it was part of the 2010 WRC Rally Bulgaria.

The road to reach this dam starts in Sestrimo and it has a length of 27km through lovely old coniferous woods. The Belmeken is the highest dam lake on the Balkan peninsula.

This steep paved road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The pics are taken on april. Heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road. The name of the lake means “Famous place”. It is the highest alpine reservoir in Eastern Rila, built on the Kriva Reka river.