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#344 Lake Mainit

Lake Mainit is the fourth largest lake in the Philippines, having a surface area of 173.40 square kilometers.

The lake is also the deepest lake in the country with a maximum depth reaching 223 meters. Lake Mainit (which means ‘hot’) is located in northeastern part of Mindanao and within the boundaries of the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte. A panoramic view of the lake can be seen from Maharlika Highway along the lake’s eastern shoreline.

The water of the lake is generally clear and clean. Various points around Lake Mainit are potential tourist attractions, particularly for so-called ecotourism and adventure tourism. Boating, bathing, and fishing are recommended activities for visitors. A number of bird species can also be found at specific times of the year making it an ideal place for bird watching.

The lake is also rich in aquatic resources and has a high diversity of aquatic fauna and freshwater fishery. Economically important fishes that are found in Lake Mainit are milkfish, eel, silverside (bolinao), mudfish or dalag, gourami, carp, and tilapia.  Lake Mainit can be reached by land and is around 45 minutes from the bus terminal in Surigao City. (Source: WikiPilipinas)

Mabuhay ang Lake Mainit!

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#97 Lake Lanao

Lake Lanao or Ranaw is located in Lanao del Sur province, Mindanao, southern Philippines. With a surface area of 340 km². (131 square miles), it is known as the largest lake in Mindanao, and the second largest lake in the Philippines.

Lake Lanao is also considered as one of the 15 ancient lakes in the world.  Formed by the tectonic-volcanic damming of a basin between two mountain ranges and the collapse of a large volcano, Lake Lanao has a maximum depth of 112 meters, and an average depth of around 60.3 meters.

Four rivers feed the lake its only outlet is the Agus River, which flows southwest into Iligan Bay via two channels, one over the Maria Cristina Falls and the other over the Linamon Falls. A hydroelectric plant installed on the Lanao Lake and Agus River system generates 70% of the electricity used by the people of Mindanao.

Mabuhay ang Lake Lanao!

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