Hula Lake Park

Hula Lake, in the center of the Hula Valley in the Galilee panhandle region, was restored by KKL-JNF in the 1990's, after the area was drained in the 1950's to eradicate malaria and to create land for agriculture. KKL-JNF, with the help of its Friends worldwide, has developed Hula Lake Park into an internationally acclaimed bird watching park, where no less than 500 million migratory birds pass through the area, twice a year.

Gallery: Wildlife at Hula Lake Park

Photos of the abundant wildlife at Hula Lake Park, by photographers Avi Hirschfield and Ronen Golan.

About Hula Lake Park

About Hula Lake Park

In the 1950s, the Hula swamps were drained in order to combat malaria and to create much-needed agricultural land. More recently, KKL-JNF has worked to recreate the rich ecosystem that once flourished here, creating a world-class wild-life park.

Afforestation

Afforestation

Afforestation is an important component of the Hula Lake restoration project, So far, some 30,000 trees have been planted along both sides of the eastern channel, and an additional 50,000 orchard, ornamental and shade trees will be planted soon.

Accessible Trails and Bicycle Paths

Accessible Trails and Bicycle Paths

KL-JNF has a policy of creating and upgrading existing projects, to make them accessible to people with disabilities. The Hula Restoration Project development program includes specific guidelines for making the valley accessible to all.

Reintroducing Water Buffalo

Reintroducing Water Buffalo

Before the Hula area was drained, the most notable mammal inhabitant was undoubtedly the herbivorous water buffalo, known by its Arabic name jamus. KKL-JNF is now reintroducing a breeding stock of buffalo into the area.   

Hula Park for Birds

Hula Park for Birds

The diversity of species passing through the area is among the greatest in the world – some 390 different species in an area of less than 20 square miles. KKL-JNF is committed to protecting these birds, including species in danger of extinction.

Restoring the Historical River Jordan

Restoring the Historical River Jordan

As part of the restoration of the Hula Valley area, the historical course of the Jordan river has been restored. The reintroduction of a river course as a central element of the valley is an important anchor of the area's restoration project.