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Gatun Lake

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“man made lake”(48 reviews)
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After Lake Mead, this is the world's largest man-made lake that forms the central part of the Panama Canal.
Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed 3 days ago

About a dozen crowded on to a small boat that cruised the islands near Gamboa. We were treated to sights of Capuchin and Tamarind monkeys and say several iguanas and a small croc/caiman.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rnathan
Reviewed 1 week ago

We counted about 8 different species of animals on our tour of this lake and the surrounding area and we were able to fish. Our boat caught Oscars and small Peacock Bass.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Stephen R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lake was no big deal; however, we traveled on it to go to the Embera Village, to Monkey Island, and at the end of our partial canal transit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Happywintertraveller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake Gastun is unremarkable except for one simple fact: It sits atop the Panama Canal! Created by damming the Chagris River, Lake Gatun connects the Pacific side of the Panama Canal with the Atlantic side. In addition, the water from the lake is what is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank IN_Travelers47906
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saw this lake on our canal cruise. Pretty windy but nice weather. Lots of small islands. Lots of interesting ships passing by - going the other way or waiting for their turn in the locks.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We booked a tour that included a boat trip on Gatun Lake. You get real close to the huge tankers and ships that cross the canal. You get to see how gigantic they are and see the canal up close.We booked through Barefoot Panama and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank damg
Reviewed January 14, 2019 via mobile

Gatun Lake is a beautiful peaceful lake surrounded by the rainforest and some wildlife. It’s amazing to understand how the Lake was formed as a result of the Chagres River being damned during the Panama Canal construction. We cruised different channels and bays of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank wddixon57
Reviewed January 11, 2019

This is a huge artificial lake which was created in the early 1900’s and was the world’s largest man-made lake at the time. Today it’s a very busy waterway which all boats sail across when sailing between the Miraflores & Pedro Miguel locks (Pacific Ocean...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Brissy2
Reviewed January 9, 2019

The creation of the Panama Canal included damming the Chagres River to create Gatun Lake. The lake is huge and contains most of the passage you think of as the Panama Canal. Our ship traveled up three locks a total pf 85 feet to reach...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed January 9, 2019

We went on a tour of Gatun Lake via a small open aired boat after crossing the lake in a cruise ship. It was great to see the lake from a different vantage point. We saw a sloth, monkeys, many beautiful species of birds, and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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November 9, 2017|
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Response from rob f | Property representative |
The ride will be bumpy depending on three factors, type of boat (unless its a pontoon boat as Dennis at Arenosa has it will doubtless be a flat low "Jonboat"), speed (can be controlled) and waves -which are a function... More
Bart L
May 19, 2017|
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Response from bradrobenolt | Reviewed this property |
watch out for gators. the fishing is good there, even bank fishing. I know of no tours that book that, but I used a lot of Uber and hooked up with a few enterprising drivers who worked on their own an was able to book some... More
April 5, 2017|
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Response from Blake98144 | Reviewed this property |
Jungle Panama! Great company and very. Ice people!