Lake Dolgoye: beach, landing site and main source of water
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Lake Dolgoye: beach, landing site and main source of water

November 28, 2022

According to memoirs, at first the reservoir was called Strychnine, due to the fact that hunters in its vicinity poisoned hares with strychnine.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Lake Dolgoye in its history was not only a place of recreation and city beach, but also a landing site for the first seaplanes and the main source of water.

In 1935, the first ShA-2 seaplane, which arrived in Norilsk from Dudinka, landed on the waters of Dolgoye.

The lake was also the first source of water for both technological and domestic needs. A pumping station and the first water conduits were built on its shore.

In the early 1940s, after the start-up of the Big Metallurgical Plant and CHPP-1, the amount of water in Dolgoye reduced. An engineering decision was made – to block the Dolgaya river flowing out of the lake with a dam, and thus raise the water level.

The water level really rose, and as a result, Dolgoye was included in the drinking water supply scheme until the 1980s.

Despite that, every summer a boat station with a rescue post worked on the lake. In 1958, it was officially opened there – with a berth for 40 boats. The station was located on the far side of the lake from Octyabrskaya square, behind the dam. And on our shore there was a real city beach with cabanas.

On hot days on the Dolgoye’s shore, a spontaneous beach could be confused with a Sochi one due to its crowdedness. In 1969, the authorities decided to legalize it, allocating a land plot for this.

In the History Spot’s previous publication, we told that Norilsk could have been built at quite another site.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

November 28, 2022

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