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No one has ever thought that the beauty and wonders of the Philippines
are magnificently endowed with vibrant and crystal clear waters that
remarkably define this region in Southeast Asia as a world-class tourist
destination.  This country with a rich cultural heritage has been gifted
with a mesmerizing body of water that is currently known as one of the
frequently visited tourist attractions.
Lake Caliraya is said to be
creatively fashioned out of the inherent brilliance of man.  
Geographically, it is beautifully found in three prominent municipalities
namely, Cavinti, Kalayaan and Lumban. Going back to Lake Caliraya, it
was created in the year 1939 and was purposely developed as a site for
water sports. Likewise, it is suited for those types of recreations that
are classified as outdoors.

The
breathtaking charisma of Lake Caliraya has quite a number of
enthralling resorts that will definitely provide millions of local and
foreign tourists alike, the best of worlds. Aside from these
immeasurable advantages in Philippine Tourism, the splendid Caliraya
Lake has resplendent vacation homes, surrounding the beauteous and
sultry lake of the Filipinos. Above all, Lake of Caliraya is enjoying an
extremely moderate climate.
Lake Caliraya is a man-made lake situated in the municipalities of
Lumban, Cavinti, and Kalayaan in Laguna province, Philippines.
Created in 1939, the lake has developed as a popular spot for water
sports and outdoor recreation including fishing. Surrounding the lake
are a number of resorts catering to tourists and vacation homes
abound because of the beautiful scenery and favorable climate.

History

Lake creation  Lake Caliraya was created after the construction of
Caliraya Dam, an embankment dam started in 1939 by US Army
Corps of Engineers Chief in the Philippines, Lieutenant Colonel
(later Major General) Hugh J. Casey, with the approval of
Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon. The
Caliraya River was dammed at its outlet from a large flat plateau area
providing a large water reservoir for generating hydroelectric power
for Southern Luzon.
The dam was over 100 feet (30 m) high from
which a diversion canal was constructed several miles to the head of
a steep slope about 950 feet above Laguna de Bay. Large penstocks
were constructed diverting water down to the powerhouse below,
with tailrace to the bay. The high head permitted the use of
high-speed turbines and generators at relatively low unit costs. Initial
estimate for the project was $5 million, or 10 million pesos, and an
output of 40,000 horsepower.

Geography and geological phenomenon

Lake Caliraya is situated approximately 1,200 feet above sea level,
and is perched high in the Sierra Madre. The lake experiences cool
climate all year round. Winds start blowing in Lake Caliraya from the
beginning of September up to late May.

Lake Caliraya's bottom, as well as the surrounding hills, are
characterized by a reddish clay topsoil. The lake's floor has a very
soft clay bottom. Local residents of the lake's surroundings still tell
stories about certain areas in the lake that are reputed to have sucked
boats down - an unfounded claim typical among superstitious locals.

Bass fishing

The early developers (Kalaw, Nieto and the de Padua families)
seeded the lake with largemouth bass, and through the years, the lake
has remained the most popular bass fishing spot in the country.
Development

From then on, the property values of almost all the surrounding real
estates around
Lake Caliraya had increased; especially when the main
route going to the lake was finally paved due to the Japanese’s exclusive
grant and the much needed remodeling of a newly-built hydroelectric
plant in the lush area of this gift of nature. But, the incomparable global
transformations of the lake were inevitably filled with territorial
jurisdiction controversies when in the later years of 1980’s, the
enigmatic and tranquil atmosphere of this lake was unlawfully occupied
by thousands of informal settlers. More so, there were insurgents in the
area who adversely affected the continuous tourism development in the
heart of Laguna.

Geography

The eye-catching Lake Caliraya has a geographical approximation of
1,200 meters above sea level.  The abounding lake shivers in a cool
climate throughout the year.