Journey through national parks of Chelyabinsk region – Day 3: Zuratkul National Park

We will start this day by visiting one of the most beautiful national parks of the Chelyabinsk region - Zuratkul. Then we will look at the oldest hydroelectric power plant in Russia, which was launched in the early XX century and still supplies energy to neighboring areas. Another unique place on the route will be Lake Chebarkul, where in 2013 a huge fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite fell.
Journey through national parks of Chelyabinsk region
Travel distance by car: 366 km.Travel distance on foot: 0 km.Visiting: Zyuratkul', Zlatoust, Satka, Porogi, Chebarkul', Chelyabinsk, Taktybay

Trip duration: 3 days

Anna Arkhipova

Национальный парк «Зюраткуль»

National Parks

The Zuratkul National Park is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Chelyabinsk Region. The main attraction of the national park, Lake Zuratkul, is oveyed by various myths and legends. Most of them are associated with a girl of unprecedented beauty - Amina and her heart. These legends are fed by the very shape of the lake - if you look at it from above, it will look like a heart. Today you will walk along one of the most famous routes in the national park - the Ecological Trail. It is ideal for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the national park. The length of the trail will be about 5 km and will take 2-2.5 hours in one direction. Don't forget to bring food and hot tea. The cost of the entrance fee: Entrance ticket - 100 rubles; Residents of Satka district, pensioners of other districts of Chelyabinsk region and Russian regions - 50 rubles; Children under 12 years old, pensioners of Satka district - free of charge. More information can be found [on official website](



Satka is considered one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the South Urals. Recently, this industrial city has been significantly transformed and has become an attractive attraction. It even has its own Ural Disneyland. When you walk along the old part of this wonderful city, be sure to pay attention to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Satka Ironworks, walk along Komsomolskaya Street (previously it was considered the main street of this city, and old houses have been preserved there), and along the embankment of Satka city pond you can walk to the beautiful rotunda.

Old Town

I suggest you dine in a restaurant with an unusual interior stylized as the rooms of the palace.

Hydroelectric power plant "Porogi"

In front of you is the oldest hydro station in Russia, which was built at the beginning of the last century (1908), and is a monument of industrial architecture. The ancient hydroelectric power plant is still in operation and provides electricity to residents of nearby villages. This place used to be notorious. People died on river rapids from time to time. There were legends among locals according to which devils lived here. And the pit that used to be here was called the "Damn" pit. Then the dam was slightly rebuilt, the river rapids went under water and stopped inconveniencing the locals.

Monument to the Chelyabinsk Meteorite

On February 15, 2013 Chelyabinsk became known for the meteorite fall. The celestial body exploded in the air, and its fragments were scattered across the region. The largest of them fell into Lake Chebarkul, on whose shore you are now. The shard was lifted from the bottom, and the meteorite was recognized as the largest since the fall of the Tunguska meteorite in 1908. The shard itself is now in the Chelyabinsk Museum of Local Lore.


Here you can eat before you go home.

Gazpromneft filling station #291

There's a gas station ahead! It will be possible to make a comfortable stop, resupply fuel and drink coffee.


That's the end of our trip to the Chelyabinsk region! I hope you have imbued yourself with beautiful nature and amazing views of the national parks of the Urals. On the territory of the Republic of Bashkortostan, not far from Chelyabinsk, there is another, no less famous, South Ural State Nature Reserve. It is not included in this route, as it is quite difficult to get into it spontaneously, but if you want, be sure to try to plan a trip in it too! I am sure that a visit there will not disappoint you in the slightest.