Right after I left Surigao City last November 25, I boarded a Butuan City-bound Bachelor Bus at the integrated transport terminal near Surigao Airport. An hour later, I reached Magpayang in Mainit town where I transferred to a tricycle that brought me to Kasili, a lake-side resort.
This trip satisfied my curiosity on Lake Mainit, the country’s fourth largest lake at 17,060 hectares, according to Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA). Lake Mainit is surrounded by the towns of Mainit and Alegria of Surigao del Norte and Kicharao and Jabonga of Agusan del Norte. Resembling the country of Argentina, the shoreline of Lake Mainit is 62.10 kilometers in length.
According to the ASEAN Regional Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, Lake Mainit is one of the existing wetlands in the country. Fed by 28 rivers and creeks, mainly by Kalinawan River, the lake is an important source of livelihood, means of transportation, and center of eco-tourism activities.
Different fish species can be caught in the like. Rare species called the puyo or perch and gabot made the lake as its habitat. Migratory birds also flock in Lake Mainit en route to their southern or northern destinations. Wildlife, both flora and fauna, are abound within the periphery of the lake.
The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) classifies the water of Lake Mainit to be Class A (Public Water Supply Class II). For sources of water supply that will require complete treatment in order to meet the National Standards for Drinking Water.)
Undoubtedly, Lake Mainit is a vital and integral part of commerce, trade, eco-tourism and conservation in Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte.
Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s Nov 21-29 Northern Mindanao-Caraga-Davao Trip.