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Gatun Lake: Tours & Tickets

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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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Reviewed 6 days ago

Went there to fish. No trophies but a wide variety of fish not found in most of the U.S. Richard Cahill operates the fishing guide service. Fished with guides Jorge and Elio. Good job. See monkey island.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank dante i
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we made our transit through the canal the majority of the time was spent crossing the lake which lies between the locks. It's a very peaceful stretch of water where tiny islands are scattered covered in trees and plants. There are quite a lot...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank simply-peregrinating
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Panama and the canal and the Panamax locks had been completed since our last visit. The jungle surrounding the lake is still lush and teeming with wildlife although they have been having a drought and there were some brush...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank CFofLL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Blessed beyond belief that I experienced a chance encounter with wildlife, met an indigenous tribe and took a small boat ride with a local fisherman through the Panama Canal zone. As I looked around, I was surrounded by rain forest on both sides. Our small...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank rpqnz
Reviewed 7 August 2019

Rent a panga and go fishing on Lake Gatun. You'll drive right next to the giant tankers and cruise ships that are transversing the Canal. Catch hard-fighting peacock bass in one of the thousand fishing holes on the finger lakes as well as see incredible...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 1 August 2019

We took a boat trip from the Gamboa Resort, We went to Monkey Island and managed to see some howler monkeys. It was lovely and I highly recommend it.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Eva S
Reviewed 22 July 2019

We explored the fringes of Gatun Lake in a small boat as we looked for birds with a tour from Canopy Tower. The tour was all we hoped it to be. We had close up sightings of many species in relatively secluded conditions.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Edge W
Reviewed 19 June 2019

It is a lovely area. Got up exceedingly early (for a vacation) to appreciate the sights, and sounds of Gatun Lake, Panama City, Panama. Very interesting; a real educational experience!

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 16 June 2019

On our Holland America Line cruise through the Panama Canal, locks at each end lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 m above sea level. The original locks are 34...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank Mike K
Reviewed 20 May 2019

When going through the Panama Canal, you must cross Gatun Lake. A vast area that was created when the canal was built. You can see small islands that were once part of the land, with trees growing out from the water level, Most ships wait...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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MB25Houston
10 November 2017|
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Response from rob f | Property representative |
The ride will be bumpy depending on three factors, type of boat (unless its a pontoon boat as Dennis at Arenosa has it will doubtless be a flat low "Jonboat"), speed (can be controlled) and waves -which are a function... More
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Bart L
20 May 2017|
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Response from bradrobenolt | Reviewed this property |
watch out for gators. the fishing is good there, even bank fishing. I know of no tours that book that, but I used a lot of Uber and hooked up with a few enterprising drivers who worked on their own an was able to book some... More
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sargass0
6 April 2017|
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Jungle Panama! Great company and very. Ice people!
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