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Address: Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 50760909885
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Activities: Birdwatching
Description: After Lake Mead, this is the world's largest man-made lake that forms the...
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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No better way to fish Peacock Bass in Lake Gatun

Robert provides EVERYTHING. One of the bucket list fishing trips of my life. I could not believe it. He picked us up at our hotel and he drove us to the lake. I would never have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Robert provides EVERYTHING. One of the bucket list fishing trips of my life. I could not believe it. He picked us up at our hotel and he drove us to the lake. I would never have found it. The guide was very good and the rates are unbelievable for a guided fishing trip! Prepare for heat! it get hot on... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed watching the assortment of traffic that was crossing the lake on their way to either the Pacific or the Atlantic. It's truly a crossroads of international trade and traffic. We saw the massive container ships as well as the small, sailboats -- all seeking a quicker way than around the horn of South of America.

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Audubon, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Lake Gatun was the largest manmade lake at the time it was formed to become the inland passageway for ships transiting the Panama Canal. The lake can be seen best at the new visitor center and is always filled with ships waiting for their turn at the locks. Don’t venture into the lakeside on your own, the alligators are not... More 

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Portage, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Saw the lake as part of a "Monkey Island" tour. (Rained that day!)Well worth the viewing. Fed by the Chiagres River. Only river in the world to feed into two oceans. Gatun is part of the Panama Canal. Only saw one ship while we were there.

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful lake! Awesome experience passing through the canal! Great opportunity to see many other huge ships making the same journey!

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Had a great time on Gatun Lake peacock bass fishing all day. I found our guide Robert Fiveson off of another post on Trip Advisor and after looking him up on Craigslist we were extremely happy with the trip he put together for us. He picked us up at 6 am at the hotel and drove us an hour and... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We had plans to visit both major locks (Gatun and Mirafores). We visited Gatun on first day. As others point out, you are VERY close to the boats and the locks. It's also not busy being farther from Panama City, so there is lots of room to move around. The observation area is outside but covered from rain. There is... More 

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Costa Mesa, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The Gatun Lake experience was awesome. We managed to see a few big boats pass by our little boat. The monkeys and birds (eagles) are plenty on the islands and are easily visible from the boat. Bring peanuts and bananas to feed the local wildlife - it will give you great photo opportunities and the "wildlife" is used to it... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Would not go back, there are many better places to visit while in Panama (I would think) unfortunately I was not able to experience them.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This massive man made lake was built to make the Panama Canal possible. It provides the water that flows into the locks that raise and lower the ships on both sides. It is the only river and lake that flows into both the Caribbean and the Pacific. You will see dozens of ships as you cross, all waiting to enter... More 

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Address: Address: Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 50760909885
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Panama Province  >  Panama City

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