About 40 kms from Baguio City, with the Cordillera mountain range in the background, is Ambuklao Lake. In the 1950’s, a dam was built to help supply power to the province and its neighbors. Hence, it is commonly referred to as Ambuklao Dam.
Until late 2008, Ambuklao road was rough and bumpy. But a rehabilitation project in 2009 gave the road a face lift. It is now paved asphalt that became a major road connecting the eastern and western parts of Luzon. Aptly re-named the Banaue-Baguio road, it also provided a new and shorter route between the 2 popular tourist areas.
The view is awesome – rows of pine trees and a seemingly endless winding road curved on mountain slopes. – members.virtualtourist.com
Ambuklao Dam and Lake are located in Baguio. The road used to be gravel and broken asphalt but the road is now newly concreted. At a conservative rate of speed, it is easy to get to Ambuklao from Baguio in about an hour.
Ambuklao lake is one of the largest man made lakes in the country. It will not be difficult to carry small boats from the top of the dam to the water. The water is clean and Ambuklao tilapia (from fish cages) is among the best in the country.
A canoeing or motorboating trip is quite possible on the lake. However, sailing may not be possible as the mountains all around the lake will keep winds to a minimum. – pinoyboats.org