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Quoted from Wikipedia:

Lake Chapala (SpanishLago de Chapala) is Mexico's largest freshwater lake. It is centred around 20°20′N 103°00′W, 45 km southeast of Guadalajara, Jalisco, and stands on the border between the states of Jalisco and Michoacán, at 1,524 metres above sea level. Its approximate dimensions are 80 km from east to west and 18 km from north to south, and it covers a total of some 1,100 km². It is a shallow lake, with a mean depth of 4.5 metres and a maximum of 10.5.

It is fed by the Río LermaRío ZulaRío Huaracha, and Río Duero rivers, and drained by the Río Santiago. The water then flows northwest into the Pacific Ocean. The lake also contains two small islands.

Lake Chapala's water levels and water quality are threatened due to over-exploitation of its waters and of the surrounding land. The over-exploitation of this lake has been a result of Guadalajara's growing demand for fresh water. The water level drop has uncovered political issues that had been hidden for many years. Its fast decay has raised concern in the surrounding areas and in the scientific community. It was the Global Nature Fund's "Threatened Lake of the Year" in 2004. In 2003 and 2004, however, there were reports that water levels in Lake Chapala had risen dramatically. [1] This has led to an even bigger problem as there are gigantic 'islands' of seaweed that at times cover most of the lake. The rapid rise in lake levels is due in part to an exceptionally rainy season and the removal of numerous unauthorized dams upstream.Many believe that the lake is haunted by the lost souls of natives from the past.

By 2007 and 2008, the level of Lake Chapala is higher than it has been for decades. Although it is still subject to agricultural, domestic, and industrial sources of contamination, the actual levels of hazardous materials has not been assessed with regularity. The problematic lirios (water hyacinth) are much reduced at this time, possibly because of herbicide applications in 2006 and because the village runoff providing nutrients has been reduced recently. The higher lake level may also provide sufficient dilution to reduce the viability of lirio.

Real estate values fluctuate with the level of the Lake although there is some year or two lag time before lake levels are reflected in real estate prices.

The lake is also a critical habitat for several species of migratory birds, such as the White Pelican, and home to thousands of indigenous plants and animals. Untreated industrial and agricultural runoff threaten the health of this critical lake. The rapid development of the Lake Chapala region has spurred grassroots conservation programs to maintain the natural habitats of the lake and maintain a healthy ecotourism industry. For example, the Audubonistas de Laguna de Chapala holds an annual Audubon Society sponsored Christmas Bird Count. In 2006, some 117 species were identified and, in 2007, the count was 125 (see AvesAjijic.com for the counts).

In recent years, because of the benign prevailing climate and attractive scenery, a substantial colony of retirees, including many from the United States and Canada, has established itself on the lake's shore, particularly in the town of Ajijic, Jalisco, located just west of the city of Chapala.


The Lake Chapala area was extremely reminiscent of the Okanagan Valley area. many expatriates make this their home all year round. They are spread in various communities surrounding the lake. John and I drove around the lake and through these communities. Lots of modern amenities and restaurants.




"Roca Azul RV Resort" in Jocotepec - off Mex 15, Jalisco

Roca Azul is a rather new park in Jalisco, next to Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico. It is close to Jocotepec, amidst fields of strawberries, raspberries and various vegetable crops for export in the US and Canada. Situated on the grounds of an old Celebrity resort, it boasts 2 swimming pools, one heated by hot springs. The grounds are very large, with football fields, tennis courts, and a HUGE kid’s playground. The sites are close to the Lake Chapala, and we can see many nice birds all day long, including an army of hummingbirds. The camp is very quiet, even though as I write this review there are over 35 rigs. Mostly Canadians, Americans and some Mexicans. Electricity is very stable, water is fit to drink, and the sewers have been working fine. Not in the US five star class, but certainly a top grade resort for Mexico." ( Quoted from unknown source)


20° 16'09.88" N
103° 26’33.12” W

Cost was 200 pesos/night, full hookups and free WiFi

Tree lined path to the office

Tennis Courts

Basketball court

Badminton court

Picnic area

Pool area

John and Gizmo

Tulip tree - very beautiful

This little guy came from next door to check out the nice green grass in the park. Cute eh?

Another pool located in the RV section of the park for renters use

They have a playground for children

The walkway runs along the entire exterior of the park. A very nice walk

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