Venado Lake is located at the foot of Mount Apo in the province of North Cotabato. Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the country with an altitude of 2,954 meters (9,692 feet). It is called the “Grandfather of the Philippines Mountains.”
Lake Venado is an endorheic lake, meaning it doesn’t flow into a sea. In dry season/months, the lake usually loses two-thirds of its size because of evaporation.
It is nestled on a plateau, the remains of Apo’s ancient crater. It is the smallest and highest lake in the country with an estimated surface elevation of 7,200 feet above sea level and with a maximum depth of 20 feet.
Because of its elevation, the water in the lake is freezing cold which could cause cramps on the swimmer. Swimming in the lake is entirely forbidden.
Location: North Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines