Salt lakes

Kulundinsky, Romanovsky, Novichikhinsky, Slavgorodsky districts

The land of a thousand lakes - this is how the steppe regions of the Altai Territory are often called. There are more than three thousand beautiful lakes of different chemical composition of water, which are the richest sources of mineral raw materials and can be used for medicinal purposes. Their medicinal properties have been confirmed many times: chronicles - by the experience of many generations of local residents, in fact - by modern medical research, and clearly - by a huge number of vacationers who fill the shores every summer.

According to studies carried out by the Sverdlovsk and Tomsk Scientific Research Institute of Balneology and Physiotherapy, the Volgograd Institute of Occupational Pathology, Toxicology and Hygiene, employees of the Altai State Medical University, brine, mud and clay of lakes: Bolshoye and Maloe Yarovoye, are the most promising for therapeutic use in resort and out-of-resort conditions. Salty, Crooked, Belenkoe, Kryvaya Abyss, Kulundinskoe, Kuchuk, Syropyatovskoe, Kharkovskoe, Guseletovskoe, Gorkoe-Melnikovskoe, Baklan, Baklanenok, Therapeutic, Malinovoe, Bolshoe Mormyshanskoe, Gorkoe, Gorko-Peresheecheskoe, Schekulduk

Photo: Valery Stepanyuk

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Where is

Altai Territory, northwest. The lakes are scattered throughout almost the entire territory of the region, but the most famous of them are concentrated in four regions: Slavgorodskoye (lakes Bolshoye Yarovoye and Maloe Yarovoye), Zavyalovskoye, Romanovsky and Yegoryevsky.

How to get there

You can get to the salt lakes by car to the place or by intercity buses from the nearest regions to large settlements. The region is connected by rail with Moscow, Novosibirsk, Novokuznetsk, Astana, regional centers are connected by regular bus service with Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo, Pavlodar.


The Altai Territory is very large and diverse. The topography changes as you move through the territory. It is as if a growing bear, at first quiet and calm, then huge and majestic. So the steppes and plains grow into the foothills and the mountains.


Swimming in salt water, gaining strength and relaxing are the main activities in the summer. Also treatment with water and mud.

In Autumn

Tourists are waiting for mushroom tours, berry tours. Beautiful nature for art trips.

In winter

Excursions to the sights of the nearby districts. In winter, ice fishing competitions are held on many lakes, including regional ones.


Fishing in fresh lakes, rest in tents, get medical treatment and heal in sanatoriums.