Lake Patzcuaro, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

Lake Pátzcuaro is a lake in the municipality of Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico.Lake Pátzcuaro lies in an endorheic basin, which does not drain to the sea. A watershed area of 929 square kilometres drains into the lake, of which 126.4 are the water body. The Lake Pátzcuaro watershed extends 50 kilometres east-west and 33 kilometres from north to south. Lake Pátzcuaro lies at an elevation of 1,920 metres, and is the center of the basin and is surrounded by volcanic mountains with very steep slopes. It has an average depth of 5 metres and a maximum of 11. Its volume is approximately 580 million cubic metres.The Lake Pátzcuaro basin is of volcanic origin. At times it has been part of an open and continuous hydrological system formed by Lake Cuitzeo, Pátzcuaro and Lake Zirahuén, which drained into the Lerma River. Today, like lakes Cuitzeo and Zirahuén, it is a closed basin, although ecologists consider it a sub-basin of the Lerma-Chapala basin.WetlandsThe lake is surrounded by extensive wetlands. Cattails and other reedy vegetation are the dominant wetland vegetation, in dense stands over 2 meters tall. Typical wetland plant genera include Typha, Scirpus, Eleocharis, and Cyperus. The dominant species of aquatic vegetation are Potamogeton illinoensis, Scirpus pectinatus, tule (Typha latifolia), T. dominguensis, and Nymphaea mexicana. Arrange to visit Lake Patzcuaro and other attractions in Tzintzuntzan using our Tzintzuntzan trip itinerary builder site .
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  • You'll experience the traditional and more modern takes on the Day of the Dead. We started our Day of the Dead odyssey in Tzintzuntzan and it gets super crowded on November 1st. The cemetery is...  more »
  • I think Patzcuaro is one of my favorite towns in Mexico. The nearby lake is huge and has an island in the middle called, Janitzio, that is absolutely amazing. Patzcuaro is so clean and quaint that I.....  more »
  • Really good view. Nice place
  • Nice lake and it's huge btw. Would give it a 5 if it wasn't for the water, it's a little dirty
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