The dam was completed in 1983 after a 15-year construction period believed to have cost Rs. 1,352 million. It is 167 feet (51 m) high and stores 110,000 acre feet (140,000,000 m3) of water.Khanpur Dam is a dam located on the Haro River near Potowar Plateau in Tehsil Khanpur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. About 40 km from Islamabad. It forms Khanpur Lake, a reservoir which supplies drinking water to Islamabad and Rawalpindi and irrigation water to many of the agricultural and industrial areas surrounding the cities. It is 167 feet (51 m) high and has a water storing capacity of 110,000 acre feet.
KHANPUR DAM PROJECT:
The Khanpur Dam is a multi-purpose project aimed at supplying water for irrigation as well as for municipal use. The project is located in District Haripur of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at a distance of 50 km north of Islamabad. Khanpur Dam is a 167 feet high earth and rockfill dam built on the Haro River which is a small tributary of the Indus River.
Khanpur Dam Project provides regulated supply of water for irrigation to the adjoining area in District Haripur (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Districts Rawalpindi and Attock (Punjab). It also caters to the municipal water requirements of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.The live storage of Khanpur Reservoir is 79,980 acre-feet. Water from Khanpur Reservoir is released through two canals known as the Left Bank Canal (LBC) and the Right Bank Canal (RBC). The RBC which has a design discharge of 110 ft3/s (cusecs) is meant only for irrigation whereas the LBC having a design discharge of 440 ft3/s (cusecs), supplies water both for irrigation as well as municipal and industrial purposes. The lengths of LBC and RBC are 18 km and 11 km respectively. Both Canals were handed over to the Provincial Irrigation Departments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab in 1985 and 1987 respectively.
Blue-green water and tourism:
The Blue-green water of dam attracts hundreds of tourists from all over the Pakistan. Every weekend, between 40,000 to 50,000 tourists come to Khanpur Dam. Most of them are businessperson who take off from work on Friday – this crowd is joined by the employees of private and public sector organisations on weekends, Saturday and Sunday. Tourists enjoy swimming, boating, cliff jumping and couple of other ground adventure activities and taking a stroll on the banks of the lake and canals.
Things to do on Khanpur Dam :
You can do a lot of things in this picturesque valley such as hiking ,bonefire , canoing.If you prefer to try something more daring, you can swim into the lakes in the sunny days, but remember that the water is cold even in the summer.Fishing is famous profession and hobby in Khanpur Dam. Brown trout and Mahseer are abundance in waters of Kunhar River which flows in the valley. Fishing licenses are issued by the ‘Fisheries Department at Khanpur Dam’ or by the ‘Trout Hatchery’.
Interesting activities at Khanpurdam:
- Cliff Jump
- Jet Ski
- Family Boat
Where to stay:
You will find plenty of offers, depends on the budget or the location you pick. We suggest some places and best hotels in Khanpur Dam that is quite famous for its spectacular view and scenery This village, surrounded by peaks and forests. Many private 5 star hotels near Khanpur Dam ,houses or motels can be found at a reasonable price. Or you can forget all that and sleep a couple of days in a tent, captive in an amazing landscape.
Here we provide a list of Hotels which are the best hotels near Lake Khanpur Dam.