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Gatun Lake

Panama City, Panama
+507 6090-9885
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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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“man made lake” (39 reviews)
“peacock bass” (48 reviews)
“monkey island” (53 reviews)
Panama City, Panama
Panama City, Panama
+507 6090-9885
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Reviewed 3 days ago

the technology creating and maintaining the lake are very impressive. islands in the lake harbor a wide variety of birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas and other wildlife

Thank ellmktg
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful Lake went through on the NCL Sun Panama Canal Trip cruise. Almost a full day going through the canal

Thank thomas l
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the tour with PBA - would recommend them over and over again as their guides were simply unmatched! Seeing the wildlife up close and personal was an incredible experience! Small boat, only a few other guests and extensive knowledge of the animals, the area...More

Thank JJ924
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been trying to get close to sloths in Costa Rica for some time, but they are always up pretty high in the canopy. Here in Panama we got two sightings in one day with very active 3-toed slots.. one eating and one moving...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gatun lake serves the Panama Canal. You MUST go fishing here. The views are amazing and you'll have a wonderful time catching stripped bass.

Thank Jairo G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a Gamboa Rainforest Resort 1 hr gatun lake boat tour. It was perfect...well organized, comfortable boat (not small but not huge). Tour guide was great. They take you to some small islands where the monkeys live (can't leave the island) - so you...More

Thank Andrea J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lake provides the water used to raise the ships from the Atlantic side into the Gatun locks of the Panama Canal. It is a man made wonder of the world that has ships waiting to exit the canal.

Thank Andrew T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is hard to comprehend that this heart of the Panama Canal was planned and created in the early 1900's long before modern earth moving equipment was available, and the first of major dam construction projects. The size of the lake, and the volume of...More

Thank 989emmettm
Reviewed 1 December 2017

We were on a Norwegian Jade excursion in November 2017. The ship went though a couple of locks--its worth it to see this. The ship stops in Lake Gatun to let people off for excursions, then turns around and goes back out the locks and...More

Thank TimWorland
Reviewed 21 November 2017

This is a very large lake. It's absolutely gorgeous for the most part but there are several machines and industrial ships around in some areas. They are building bridges, making some improvements but it seems they are also servicing ships for the canal and undergoing...More

Thank adventurebugs
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9 November 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
19 May 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
5 April 2017|
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Response from Blake98144 | Reviewed this property |
Jungle Panama! Great company and very. Ice people!