|Lake type||Natural Freshwater|
|Primary inflows||Syankhudi & Talbesi|
|Primary outflows||Khudi Khola|
|Catchment area||49 km2 (19 sq mi)|
|Surface area||3.28 km2 (1.3 sq mi)|
|Average depth||6.6 m (22 ft)|
|Max. depth||10 m (33 ft)|
|Water volume||0.02905 km3 (0.00697 cu mi)|
|Surface elevation||650 m (2,133 ft)|
Begnas Lake is a freshwater lake in Pokhara Lekhnath Metropolis of Kaski district of Nepal located in the south-east of the Pokhara Valley. The lake is the third largest lake of Nepal and second largest, after Phewa lake, among the eight lakes in Pokhara Valley. Water level in the lake fluctuates seasonally due to rain, and utilization for irrigation. The water level is regulated through a dam constructed in 1988 on the western outlet stream, Khudi Khola.
Begnas Lake area with a number of resorts is a popular destination for tourists visiting Pokhara. The water from the lake is used for irrigation and some parts of the lake are used as caged fisheries. The Begnas lake area has a number of swampy areas around it, many of which have been converted to paddy fields day by day.
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- Wagle, Suresh Kumar; Gurung, Tek Bahadur; Bista, Jay Dev; Rai, Ash Kumar (July–September 2007). "Cage fish culture and fisheries for food security and livelihoods in mid hill lakes of Pokhara Valley, Nepal: Post community based management adoption" (PDF). Aquaculture Asia. 12 (3): 21–29. ISSN 0859-600X.
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