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Gatun Lake

Address: Panama City, Panama
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Ranked #3 of 66 Attractions in Panama City
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: After Lake Mead, this is the world's largest man-made lake that forms...
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner 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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Dallas, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

You should go out on Gatun Lake with a naturalist to see all the wildlife and monkeys. It's great, like being on a water safari.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Gatun Lake is where you can pick up many tours into Panama and if given the opportunity, is well worth the effort. I went to an Embera village and it was the best 7 hours of my trip.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

While we didn't see an abundance of the area's wildlfe, the educational component of this tour made it extremely worthwhile.

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Ra'anana, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

it is well worth the drive out to the Gatun Locks by the lake. you are so close to the ships entering and exiting the locks. And if you are lucky its also possible to cross the public road traversing the lock to get the best views

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Took a boat tour through here and saw tons of wildlife on the small islands in the lake. Monkeys, tamarins, snail kites and crocodiles. Worth the trip for sure.

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Evergreen, Colorado
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Without Gatun Lake, the Canal would simply have been a long ditch that would have utterly failed. Protection of the ecosphere around Gatun is critical to making sure that water is always available to move ships in both directions through the Canal.

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Ellenton, Florida
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

After the hustle and bustle of the locks this seems such a world apart. Very peaceful and was good to just let the world and time slip by.

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Perth, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A beautiful lake that run along the Panama Canal, you'll reach Gatun Lake before entering Gatun locks (from the pacific side), with high humidity.

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Akron, Ohio, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

this was a stop on our recent panama canal cruise. The lake itself is nothing impressive, but the canal is well worth the trip into the lake and is the main reason the lake exists in it's current size. there are a few things to do shore side, most people either make the trip to panama city, or one of... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Great to boat on this lake and see all the ships that go through the Canal. Good wildlife along islands in the lake

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