Gobind Sagar Lake is a large man-made reservoir in Bilaspur as well as Una Districts of Himachal Pradesh. The reservoir is on the river Sutlej and is the source on which lies the famous Bhakra Dam. Bhakra Dam is considered one of the world’s highest gravity dams, rising to a great height of nearly 225.5 m from its foundations.
In 1952, the American Dam Builder MH Slocum arrived from the US to take over as the chief construction consultant for the Bhakra dam and by January 1953 the construction of the dam began and was completed in 1963. This is what Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru first Prime Minister of India said.
“Bhakra Nangal Project is something tremendous, something stupendous, and something which shakes you up when you see it. Bhakra, the new temple of resurgent India, is the symbol of India’s progress.”
Govind Sagar lake host of various water sports. Fishing is very popular here and is a regular activity on Gobind Sagar Lake. There are a number of species of fishes. The species seen here are Labeo, Dero, Tor Picturata, Mystus and Seenghala. The Department of Fishers gives licenses for fishing here.
In the month of October and November when the water level is up, the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation organise water sports like kayaking, water scooter racing, sailing. During this period the activities include swimming, surfing, water-skiing, kayaking, rowing, canoeing, white water river rafting. Courses are conducted at three levels – beginners, intermediate and advance. For this Tourism Department of Himachal Pradesh has constructed a huge Water Sports Complex in Luhnoo Ground, Bilaspur with all the boarding, lodging and equipment facilities.
River rafting or white water rafting, as it is also called, is swiftly making Bilaspur a focus for this scintillating sport. For a torrent of adrenaline to gush through every vein and surge cover every muscle, one can race over the rapids of the river – Sutlej, right from Rampur to Bilaspur through the serpentine path in deep gorges, placid mountains, green alpine meadows and thick forests, all forming an immense spectrum. Non-swimmers and novice can also have this thrilling experience in an inflatable rubber dinghy, on some of the gentler rapids.