|Considered one of the best sources of drinking water, research suggests it to be the cleanest of the lakes in Nagpur. Established as a water works department’s project in 1911, the lake was rich with thick vegetation around it. It was an important habitat for migratory ducks. It is still quite forested and in 1998 a leopard was found dead in the vicinity. A 2,350 feet dam has been built at the water body.
Gorewada is about 15 kms from Nagpur and is looked upon as an excellent excursion spot. Surrounded by woods the natural habitat attracts avian species and some wild life. The gardens around the lake are great for relaxation in natural ambience and have traditionally been a popular picnic spot. The beautiful garden and lakeside rest house offer minimal facilities.
The State government has plans to build a safari park on 1,700 acres of forest land near Gorewada Lake. Project Gorewada will be set up on the lines of international animal safari parks and is mooted as a viable economic project for Vidarbha region. Besides a zoological park the project encompasses the safari park, botanical garden, breeding centre, wetlands, interpretation centre and eco-tourism projects.