Gatun Lake

Gatun Lake, Panama City: Address, Phone Number, Gatun Lake Reviews: 4.5/5

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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.
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catfriend99
Seattle, WA12 contributions
Aug 2021
Definitely worth a day trip. It seems so remote, yet is so close to the city. You have the chance to see nature and wildlife in much of it, but also ships traversing the Panama Canal.
Written 2 August 2021
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Richard M
Phoenix, AZ382 contributions
Mar 2021
If you get a tour of the canal by boat you will be in the lake for most of the time. Lots of jungle on both sides of the canal.
Written 12 March 2021
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Antya M
Greater London, UK43 contributions
Feb 2020
A great tour. Amazing views. Wildlife up close and personal. Embera village trip was a real treat. A must do.
Written 9 August 2020
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Sundancer93003
Ventura, CA400 contributions
Feb 2020
The history of this man made lake is very interesting. Ships wait their turn to traverse the locks of the canal. The shore shows terraced earth making the cut to create the canal.
Written 22 March 2020
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NieSam
Maine903 contributions
Feb 2020
It was incredible trying to count all the ships in the lake crossing the Panama Canal. They were lined up everywhere. We were also able to see the dam creating the lake. Frigate birds were abundant and gorgeous to watch.

We spent time here watching other vessels enter and work their way through the locks. Seeing the tugs line up the ships was interesting.
Written 6 March 2020
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Thomas B
Delafield, WI330 contributions
Feb 2020
Views for the Gamboa Rainforest in to the lake were great. The charter boat rides to the lake were great.
Written 5 March 2020
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Anna M
Encinitas, CA567 contributions
Feb 2020
Lake Gatun was full of surprises at every turn of the tour boat we were on. We saw so much wildlife! I spotted a manatee! There were so many birds. We also saw a few lodeges along the shore. It would be a great place to stay.
Written 1 March 2020
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Daniela R
Oklahoma City, OK64 contributions
Feb 2020
Spent two evening anchored in this lake, Very peaceful and relaxing. Our tour did obtain a special permit for kayaking, very nice.
Written 29 February 2020
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Janis H
Ocala, FL3,769 contributions
Feb 2020
The cruise ship we were on dropped passengers off in The Gatun Lake area to tour Colon before picking them back up later on the other side of The Panama Canal
We chose to stay on the cruise ship and enjoy Gatun Lake's beauty before the return thru the locks. Beautiful scenery abounds!
Written 27 February 2020
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CharlieinTexas
Austin, TX3,756 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Wonderful ... Big Ships and Wildlife. Cruise the Canal along big ships and see lots of wildlife — crocodiles, lizards, and monkeys. Lots of interesting sites along thee banks.
Written 26 February 2020
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