Paoay Lake, locally called “dakkel danum”, is a beautiful fresh water inland lake. It is located 3 kilometers away from the sea in Suba. The lake has an area of 470 hectares and was declared as a National Park under Republic Act 5631 on June 21, 1969. It covers 387.5 ha with five barangays sharing its coastline. The lake is a natural body of fresh water without tributaries. It is shallow with its deepest part at 7.5 m and the rest at 3-5 m. It also provides irrigation water to over 300 crop farmers. The site is a home of almost 77 species of common, endangered, and nomadic birds. The lake is very serene and peaceful. Its shoreline is in a brown color and surprisingly, it was not muddy at all, it was sandy in brown color which is not that so usual. The area around it is filled with different amenities and facilities for guests such as the Fort Ilocandia Golf and Country Club.
The lake is covered by mysteries and urban legend. What makes Paoay Lake Legendary is the interesting and enchanting history narrated by forefathers and passed upon to the present, including the other stories or observations that happened in the lake narrated by the residents nearby. According to such legendary account, Paoay Lake was formed as a punishment to the early settlers thereat who used to be immensely religious but turned wicked and preoccupied by material things later. Their wicked acts earned the ire of their gods, thus submerged the place, turning it into a body of water, while the people were made into fishes with their fancy adornments, such as jewelries, still attached with them.
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