El Pino Lake

El Pino Lake is a lake in Guatemala. It is located 30 km south-southeast of Guatemala City, in the municipality of Barberena in the Santa Rosa Department. The lake has a surface area of 0.72 km² and a maximum depth of 18 m.[1][2] The lake waters are used for subsistence fishing, sport fishing, and swimming.

El Pino Lake
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Location of El Pino Lake in Guatemala.
Location of El Pino Lake in Guatemala.
El Pino Lake
LocationBarberena, Santa Rosa
Coordinates14°20′40″N 90°23′38″W / 14.34444°N 90.39389°W / 14.34444; -90.39389Coordinates: 14°20′40″N 90°23′38″W / 14.34444°N 90.39389°W / 14.34444; -90.39389
Primary inflowsseveral small streams
Basin countriesGuatemala
Surface area0.72 km2 (0.28 sq mi)
Max. depth18 m (59 ft)
Surface elevation1,022 m (3,353 ft)

Laguna El Pino National ParkEdit

Laguna El Pino National Park
Jacana spinosa
LocationSanta Rosa (department), Guatemala
Area0.73 km2 (0.28 sq mi)
Elevation1,022 m (3,353 ft)
EstablishedAc. Gubernativo 26-05-55

In 1955 the lake, and a minor part of the lake shores, were designated a national park. The park, including the lake, covers an area of 0.73 km² and is managed by the National Forestry Institute (INAB) in conjunction with representatives of the local population. 20% of the lake shores are government property and 80% is privately owned.[1][3]

Vegetation consists mainly of floating beds of Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), submergent beds of Waterweed (Elodea canadensis), and marshy areas with Spikerushes (Eleocharis elegans) and Giant Bulrush (Scirpus californicus). The lake shores have some wooded areas with Casuarina species, Cupressus lusitanica, Inga xalapensis and Pinus species. The surrounding area has coffee plantations.[2]

Species of waterfowl breeding in the lake area include Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Waterhen (Gallinula galeata), American Coot (Fulica americana) and Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa).[2]


  1. ^ a b "Wetland Inv - Guatemala" (xls). Ducks Unlimited. Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  2. ^ a b c "Wetland Inv - Guatemala" (pdf). wetlands.org. Retrieved 2009-06-11.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ CONAP. "Listado de Áreas Protegidas (enero, 2011)" (in Spanish). conap.gob.gt. Archived from the original (xls) on 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-06-14.

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