El Pino Lake

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El Pino Lake
Pesca - panoramio.jpg
Location Barberena, Santa Rosa
Coordinates 14°20′40″N 90°23′38″W / 14.34444°N 90.39389°W / 14.34444; -90.39389Coordinates: 14°20′40″N 90°23′38″W / 14.34444°N 90.39389°W / 14.34444; -90.39389
Primary inflows several small streams
Basin countries Guatemala
Surface area 0.72 km2 (0.28 sq mi)
Max. depth 18 m (59 ft)
Surface elevation 1,022 m (3,353 ft)

El Pino Lake is a lake in Guatemala. It is located 30 km south-southeast of Guatemala City, in the municipality of Barberena in the Santa Rosa Department. The lake has a surface area of 0.72 km² and a maximum depth of 18 m.[1][2] The lake waters are used for subsistence fishing, sport fishing, and swimming.

Laguna El Pino National Park[edit]

Laguna El Pino National Park
Parque Nacional Laguna El Pino
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Jacana spinosa.jpg
Jacana spinosa
Country Guatemala
Region Santa Rosa (department)
Municipality Barberena
Landmark Lake
Elevation 1,022 m (3,353 ft)
Area 0.73 km2 (0 sq mi)
Biome Wetland
Founded Ac. Gubernativo 26-05-55
Date 1955
Management INAB
Visitation allowed

In 1955 the lake, and a minor part of the lake shores, were designated a national park. The park, including the lake, covers an area of 0.73 km² and is managed by the National Forestry Institute (INAB) in conjunction with representatives of the local population. 20% of the lake shores are government property and 80% is privately owned.[1][3]

Vegetation consists mainly of floating beds of Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), submergent beds of Waterweed (Elodea canadensis), and marshy areas with Spikerushes (Eleocharis elegans) and Giant Bulrush (Scirpus californicus). The lake shores have some wooded areas with Casuarina species, Cupressus lusitanica, Inga xalapensis and Pinus species. The surrounding area has coffee plantations.[2]

Species of waterfowl breeding in the lake area include Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Waterhen (Gallinula galeata), American Coot (Fulica americana) and Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wetland Inv - Guatemala" (xls). Ducks Unlimited. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Wetland Inv - Guatemala" (pdf). wetlands.org. Retrieved 2009-06-11. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ CONAP. "Listado de Áreas Protegidas (enero, 2011)" (in Spanish). conap.gob.gt. Archived from the original (xls) on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 

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