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Information about Paoay Lake National Park

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Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
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Paoay Lake National Park

Paoay LakePaoay Lake is located in the province of Ilocos Norte and covers about  340 hectares. It is bounded by five barangays. Its border on the north is Suba, in the northeast is Nanguyudan while in the east is Pasil. Bordering it in the south is Sungadan and in the west is Nagbacalan, which is also near the city of Laoag.

In light of its size, the locals have also named it Dacquel a Danum, which is a vernacular for the phrase "big water." Unlike most lakes, Paoay Lake has no tributaries. its source of water is from underground and surface runoff or the excess rain water that flows from the hills around it. The nearby farming communities benefit from the lake’s fresh water because it is the source of irrigation for their crops.

In recognition of the lake's natural beauty, thriving ecosystems, and its overall benefit to the public, it was declared a National Park under the Republic Act 5631 in 1961. It is also among the best tourist spots in the province mainly due to its scenic views and serene atmosphere. 

Best time to visit

It is best to visit the Paoay Lake National Park during the dry months of December to May. It is also the most picturesque around 5 PM when the sun begins to set as it casts the lake in a warm, orange glow. 


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