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Gatun Lake

Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #4 of 65 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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Newport Beach, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for excitement, this isn't the place to visit. For those who thought Panama City had nice beaches and then realized it doesn't, this is as close you can get to real beaches.

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Chengdu, China
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54 reviews 54 reviews
44 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

I've spent a fair bit of time around this late, mainly in Aeronosa, where my father spends half the year building, tinkering, and exploring. I love this part of Panama since it is not touristy and has a lot of local character. You aren't too far from heading to some of the nice beaches a bit farther, and there is... More

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

See at least a few kinds of monkeys and vast variety of birds. Water lillies and other water plants are wonderful. Only lightly visited.

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Hamilton, Canada
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175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

If you have the opportunity to take a boat tour through Gatun Lake - do it. Having just passed through the canal it was a real insight to view the shipping from a different point of view. The lake is surrounded by jungle and so, in addition to viewing the shipping as it travels the lake, there is the opportunity... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Nature at it's Best. Tropical vegetation was thick. Wish there were roads around this Lake, so we could drive around the entire Gatun Lake. Some bridges were in a state of very low repair. Very few road Signs to places of Interest.

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Sarnia, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We saw really small monkeys which came right into our boat. Howler Monkeys, Vultures and other fishes and birds!! We took the tour from the Gamboa Rainforest, bring a rain poncho!!!

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St. Asaph, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The boat trip on Gatun Lake enables excellent wildlife viewing while bobbing in the wake of huge ships transiting the Canal.

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Jamaica
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

the lake itself and forests within it hold stories and history, of tropical proportions. boating and fishing is fine (fish get smaller every year), and the exploration of the islands is wonderful. bird and insect life also exciting.

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Voorhees, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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155 reviews 155 reviews
43 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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