The Panama Canal is undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks of Panama. However, despite its prominence, few people know that Lake Gatun, situated in the beautiful valley of the Chagres River, forms a major part of the Canal, carrying ships for 33 km of their transit across the Isthmus of Panama. The lake also provides the millions of gallons of water necessary to operate the Panama Canal locks each time a ship passes through, as well as supplying drinking water for Panama City and Colon.

Lake Gatun is a vast artificial lake formed between 1907 and 1913 by the building of the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. At the time it was created, Gatun was the largest man-made lake and dam in the world.

Ships waiting in Lake Gatun to enter the Aqua Clara Lock …..



Expanding the Canal

Cocoli Locks

Cocoli Locks – Pacific Ocean

Agua Clara Locks

Agua Clara Locks – Atlantic Ocean