The INPA has recently opened the Taninim Stream to the public with the assistance of the Carmel Drainage Authority, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Environmental Protection Ministry.
The Taninim Stream Nature Reserve, on the northern coastal plain, contains two main focal points: a sparkling stream – the last remnant of the region’s coastal waterways – and a dam from the Late Roman-Byzantine period that created an approximately 6,000 dunam (1,500 acre) lake. The region’s ancient inhabitants built the dam to raise by 3 meters the level of the Taninim Stream, which flows at 3 meters above sea level, so it could be channeled to Caesarea. Another dam, about 2 kilometers north of the reserve, blocks off the valley from the north. A lake was formed in the Kebara Valley between the dams and Mount Carmel, which became the starting point for Caesarea's Low Aqueduct. The abundance of water led to the construction of water-operated flour mills in the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. A Byzantine-era vertical paddlewheel was found there of a type otherwise known in this country only from the Crusader period.
The stream was named Taninim – Hebrew for crocodiles – because these reptiles inhabited the nearby Kebara swamps until the beginning of the 20th century.
The Taninim Stream is considered the last of Israel’s clean coastal streams. Although the sources of the stream are saline, they still support many species of flora and fauna. The yellow water lily, which floats on the water's surface, is a prominent and beautiful adornment; fish include gray mullet, tilapia and catfish. The Caspian turtle is at home in the reserve, along with a variety of birds.
How to get there:The entrance to the reserve is from the old Haifa-Tel Aviv road (no. 4) crossing the bridge over the coastal highway westward toward Bet Hananya.
Length of tour: 1.5-2 hours
Best season: fall, winter, spring
Don't miss: The underground visit through the dry aqueduct; walking along the floating bridge
Last entry one hour before above closing hour
SUMMER:Sunday-Tursday And Saturda-8 A.M.-5 P.MFridy And Holiday eves- 8 A.M.- 4 P.M.
WINTER:Sunday-Tursday And Saturda-8 A.M.-4 P.MFridy And Holiday eves- 8 A.M.- 3 P.M.
On the eves of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Pesach: 8:00 - 13:00
Phone: 04-626-5151Fax / Email: 04-626-5152
Adult: NIS 22; child: NIS 9Group (over 30 people): Adult: NIS 19: child: NIS 8