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Gatun Lake

Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #4 of 60 Attractions in Panama City
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: 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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Voorhees, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Not much to say, it was the lake in between the two sets of locks. I spent a night on a boat there. Not much else to say.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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154 reviews 154 reviews
43 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is the result of harnessing a The Chagres River that floods during the rain season. Today it provides the needed water for the Panama Canal lock system, drinking water to Panama City, and recreation of all types for the world to enjoy. The Smithsonian has a worthwhile exhibit I recommend on one of the islands in the lake. Plan... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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262 reviews 262 reviews
154 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

You can see the howler monkeys, they'll even jump into your boat! You can enjoy the lush vegetation along the shores, and ponder the big passing ships slipping by so quietly.

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Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

If you are a Fisherman [or Fisherwomen] have your hotel set-up a trip with a guide to Gatun, and alert the kitchen that you will be bringing back fish for dinner -- you wiil be.

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Barbados
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Although not as fancy as the Miraflores Visitors Centre, its view is spectacular. Well worth the visit. You can get a close up view of the ships going through the canal

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Massillon, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Lake Gatun is a man made miracle of the building of the Panama Canal. Much history is in the building of the lake.The adventure through the rainforest, along with the spotting of monkeys, sloths, and various birds along with other wildlife is quite an adventure.

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A great tour, you get to see the lake and the boats going into the canal right before you see alligators and monkeys going around and about. A bit expensive though.

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USA
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164 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We went on this lake twice for different tours. It was great place to see all types of wildlife. It's incredible to think this lake is man made!

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Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The Lake itself is just a lake. But if you can take a tour of the rainforest by Gamboa, and the boat tour along the southern lake area to the islands with Tamarin, Howler and Capuchin monkeys, it's a fun place. And lots of monkeys came out - the guide was giving them mango.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We used Ancon Expeditions to do the eco boat tour. The cost was 110.00 per person for the four hour tour. A driver picks you up at your hotel and drives along the Panama Canal passing two of the three locks. Our guide, Ivan Hoyes, provided us with the history of the canal and pointed out several things along the... More

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