Quoted from Wikipedia:
Chapala (Spanish: Lago
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.
is fed by the Río
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.
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.  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.
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.
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.
lake is also a critical habitat for several species of migratory birds, such as
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
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
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
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." (
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
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
They have a playground for children
The walkway runs along the entire exterior of the park. A very
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