This large, tranquil maritime lake, full of fish, is fed by fresh water from springs and streams, and by salt water that comes from the nearby sea. The whole area is a nature reserve. There are five uninhabited islands in the lake, and a magical wood of liquid amber trees (sweetgum to Americans) is a short walk from the roadside village of Köyceğiz, which lies on the north bank. Boats take visitors across the lake to the Dalyan channel, a glorious spit of sand and reedbanks that leads to the the vilage of Dalyan and the beach where turtles breed.
Lake Köyceğiz is alarmingly accessible, just off the Muğla–Antalya highway, 30 minutes from Dalaman Airport and 40 minutes from Göçek Marina. Marmaris is one hour away, Bodrum two-and-a-half hours, Antalya three hours.