People enjoy lakes for their beautiful scenery and use them for recreational activities such as fishing, hunting and boating. Lakes also provide important ecosystem services. Lakes are main source of attraction and and just like the beaches, people visit the lakes for one reason or the other.. In Enugu state, there are quite a number of lakes in the state, many of them undeveloped but still an interesting place to visit and a beauty to behold.. Below are top five most popular lakes in Enugu state.
Nike Lake is the most popular lake in Enugu state and one of the most popular in Nigeria, Located in the town of Nike in Enugu East Local Government area of Enugu State. Nike lake was made popular as a result of the Nike Lake resort and hotel built within the lake environment. The Nike Lake resort and hotel serves as an ideal spot for leisure and picnicking. The famous Nike lake resort and hotel which is located within the lake environment offers accommodation, a beautiful edifice comprising of 216 air-conditioned bedrooms and suites of International standard. The hotel has an excellent restaurant, cocktail bar, lounge and business center with the largest conference hall in Enugu.
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Located in Obinofia Ndiuno in Ezeagu local Government area of Enugu state. Iheneke is a tropical lake with maximum density during the warmest season. During the rainy season, the lake is said cools and then cools further as harmattan advances. Iheneke is the second most visited lake in Enugu state after the nike lake, and a very lovely place to rest and relaxation.
Opi lake system
Opi lake system are group of lakes situated in the town of Opi in Enugu State. Opi lake system are nine lakes which are connected to one another to form a network. The lakes are Iyi-ikpa, Varavara, Ogeleube, Iyiuga, Isiogba, Ojii, Orufu, Adekwegbe, Okpo, (the largest among the lakes are ojii and Adekwebge ). Ojii is located at Ugwu-ozioko and is about 9m deep and 7km wide. Its depth and width enables the smooth movement of locally made canoe from one end to another. The nine Lakes are a tourist attraction in Opi because of its natural environment.
Ani Ozalla Lake
Located in Ozalla, Nkanu West LGA in Enugu, The Ani Ozalla Lake is a sacred natural lake. The Ani Ozalla Lake is said to be a dwelling place of a goddesses which appears in form of crocodiles to receive offerings from worshipers or visitors when called upon by her chief priest.
Ogurugu Lake is situated in the town of ogurugu in uzo uwani local Government area of Enugu state. The lake is the largest in Enugu state and is fed through the Anambra river. Ogurugu lake serves as one of the major source of water and transportation to the towns of Ogurugu, Iga, Ojo, Asaba and Adani who are mainly rice-farmers.