Lake Sampaloc – a Lake of Volcanic Origin

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Lake Sampaloc is one of seven interconnected crater lakes in the Province of Laguna, only 70 kilometer southeast of Metro Manila. Lake Sampaloc is the biggest and the most famous of the seven lakes, located in the heart of San Pablo City known as “City of Seven Lakes” – Bunot, Palakpakin, Mohicap, Yambo, Pandin, Calibato and Sampaloc. These lakes are an important resting ground for migratory birds from the north (China and Japan), e. g. White Egrets.

The Seven Crater Lakes of San Pablo City

The seven lakes are rather small: Sampaloc (1.04 sq. km), Palakpakin (0.43 sq. km), Calibato (0.42 sq. km), Bunot (0.35 sq. km), Yambo (0.28 sq. km), Pandin (0.20 sq. km) and Mohicap (0.14 sq. km). Approx. 250,000 people live in the city region of San Pablo City.

Lake Sampaloc has a maximum depth of 27 meter, the average depth is 20 m. Its width is 1.2 km.  Source




Lake Sampaloc is an inactive volcanic maar on the island of Luzon, the Philippines. It is one of the lake in the Seven Lakes of San Pablo, Laguna. Nearly half of the lake’s depth has a shallow depression at the lake’s bottom, indicating its volcanic origin. The lake is located behind San Pablo city hall. It is dotted with floating restaurants along its shoreline serving delectable Filipino and Chinese cuisines. The lake abounds with tilapia, bangus, carp, and several species of shrimps.

Sampaloc Lake is the city’s biggest and premier lake, with an area of 104 hectares, a maximum depth of 27 meters, approximately 85% of its volume below 10 meters and 15% below 24 meters.


Legend tells of a giant Tamarind (Sampaloc) tree in the garden of a selfish, stingy old woman who drove away a fairy disguised as an old man asking for some fruit as a cure for his ailing grandson. Instead of helping him, the old woman had him driven away by her ferocious dogs. The old man was badly hurt. After the old man left, there was a thundering noise and peltering rain, followed by the cracking of the earth. And then, the entire orchard sank into a colossal pit which was immediately filled with water. Henceforth, the villagers called it Lake Sampaloc.  Source




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