Lake Venado

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Lake Venado
Lake venado.JPG
Seen from Mount Apo
Location North Cotabato
Coordinates 7°00′8.34″N 125°16′9.54″E / 7.0023167°N 125.2693167°E / 7.0023167; 125.2693167Coordinates: 7°00′8.34″N 125°16′9.54″E / 7.0023167°N 125.2693167°E / 7.0023167; 125.2693167
Type Endorheic
Basin countries Philippines
Max. depth 20 ft (6.10 m)[1]
Surface elevation 2,194.56 m (7,200.00 ft)[2]
Settlements Kidapawan City
References [2]

Lake Venado is an endorheic lake located at the foot of Mount Apo in the province of North Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines.[3][4] It is the second highest lake in the country next to Bulalacao Lake of Mount Tabayoc in Benguet, found in coordinates 7°00′8″N 125°16′10″E,[5][6] with an estimated surface elevation of 7,200 feet (2,194 m above sea level). The lake is fed by local run-off and there is no outflow from the lake. The lake usually loses two-thirds of its size during dry months due to evaporation.

The name of the lake comes from the Spanish word "venado", which means "deer," owing to the deer-like shape of the lake.[7] However, the local people living in the area called the lake "linaw", a Cebuano term for "clear", because the water of the lake is crystal-clear reflecting the peak of Mount Apo. The lake is believed to be enchanted by spirits living in the lake, according to the local tribes people.[7]

The vicinity of the lake is a popular camping site for Filipino mountaineers en route to and coming down from the peak of Mount Apo, the Philippines' highest mountain. In 2007, a Filipino mountaineer coming down from the peak of Mount Apo, drowned in the lake.[1][8][9][10][11]


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  2. ^ a b "Kidapawan City - Department of Tourism". 
  3. ^ "Davao City". Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  4. ^ "8 Must-Visit Places in Region 12: The 12th Paradise]]". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Lake Venado - Waypoints and Navigational Data". Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Tourist Attractions in Region 12". Regional Development Council - Region 12. Archived from the original on 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  7. ^ a b Ledesma, Jun (2008-04-11). "The lake in Mt. Apo". Sunstar. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  8. ^ Magbanua, Williamor A. (2007-04-08). "Mountaineer drowns in Apo's Lake Venado". Mindanews. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  9. ^ Tupas, Jeffrey M. (2007-04-19). "Tourism agency gets blame for Venado death". Sunstar. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  10. ^ "Davao: Mountaineer’s Death a Blunder of DOT, PAMB". Davao Today. 2007-04-17. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  11. ^ Chi, Angely Pamila M. (2007-04-25). "A Davao Mountaineer’s Final Adventure". Davao Today. Retrieved 2008-10-16.