Top Ten Most Popular Lakes in South Eastern Nigeria

In South Eastern Nigeria, there are quite a number of lakes in the Zone.. Below are Top Ten Most Popular Lakes in South Eastern Nigeria

1. Oguta Lake: Oguta Lake is the biggest natural lake in south eastern Nigeria. Located in the town of Oguta in Imo State Nigeria. Oguta Lake has its major source as Njaba River, which is the major inflow to the late. The lake has three other tributaries tributaries namely Awbana, Orashi and Utu. Oguta lake which is about a mile and a half (2.41km) wide and 5 miles (8.05km) long from east to west is a beautiful body of water and a major source of attraction in Imo state.

Most Popular Lakes in South Eastern Nigeria


2. Nike Lake: 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.

Popular lakes in Enugu State

3. Agulu Lake: Agulu lake is a popular tourist attraction in the Anambra state with hundreds of crocodiles and turtles. Located along Awka road, Umuowele village in Agulu town, Aniocha Local Government Area of Anambra  State, The Agulu Lake has so many mysteries surrounding its existence, mysteries which still hold and believed in till date.

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Popular lakes in Enugu State

4. Okposi salt Lake: This is a salt lake located in the town of Okposi in Ohaozzara local government of Ebonyi state. Aside from being one of the many attractions in Ebonyi state, Okposi salt lake has enormous economic importance as It serves as the economic base for most of the rural women in okposi.

5. Iheneke Lake: 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.

lakes in Enugu State

6. Abadaba lake: This is the second most prestigious lake in Imo state after Oguta. Though abandoned and not developed optimally for tourism, the Abadaba lake is an interesting and adventurous place to visit. The lake has a temperature of between 260C to 320C during the June to September raining season, while the nights are cool during this same period with the lowest temperature ranging from 100C to 1200C. If you intend visiting the lake during the rainy season, get set for a long adventurous drive from Owerri and ensure you have your raincoats and boots on. The lake is situated between the serene villages of Odenkume and Okwuohia and another small village called Umuezegwu – which is also beautiful place worth visiting.

Abadaba lake

7. 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.

Top Ten Most Popular Lakes in Nigeria

8. Amaokpala Lake:  This is a long and still lake at the outskirts of the Amaokpala town. Located between the town of Amaokpala and the Polytechnic town of oko, The lake is as quiet as the Dead Sea and no aquatic life has been recorded in it. Amaokpala lake also serves as a picnic site and top spot for people within the polytechnic town of Oko and its environs.

Amaokpala Lake

9. Green Lake, Abakaliki: The Abakaliki Green Lake is located right inside Government House. The Green Lake serves as an ideal spot for leisure and relaxation as Small huts are built there for relaxation and for visitors to admire the many wonders of nature.
Green Lake, Govt House, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State
10. 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.



23 thoughts on “Top Ten Most Popular Lakes in South Eastern Nigeria

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  • Really interesting, and you’ve provided so much info and photos. I especially was intrigued to learn that Amaokpala Lake is like the Dead Sea in that it’s so calm and no aquatic life has been recorded there. Thanks — Paige Bainbridge (

  • Interesting, and you have so much information and photos. I especially was intrigued to learn that Amaokpala Lake is like the Dead Sea in how calm it is and that no aquatic life has been recorded there. Thanks — Paige Bainbridge (

  • All my years in Nigeria and only been to Aba, which I instantly hated for obvious reasons lol. It’s a damn shame that tourism is not supported by state and local govts. Everyone wants their cut and they don’t include locals and natives of the areas with wealth of info to protect and maintain these areas.

  • WOW! Nigeria is beautiful! I will add this to my list of to go to in the future! I love nature!

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    The Nike Lake looks so pretty. The waters are so calm and peaceful it would be a nice place to sit and watch sunsets.

  • These are also amazingly gorgeous, yet so different from each other. I’ve never been to Africa at all, but this makes me want to.

  • Wow, beautiful pictures and gorgeous and relaxing views. Love the green trees and clear water. I would love to visit. Thanks for sharing the beauties of your lovely country.

  • I love seeing your adventure, and Nigeria looks so beautiful! I had no idea there were so many lakes in South Eastern Nigeria. I hope to get there as well one day.

  • I never have visited Nigeria nor read anything about the country. So, this was really wonderful to learn about the lakes of this country.

  • Dalene Ekirapa

    I’d love the Nike Lake too just because it features a resort. I can imagine having a hood stay at a hotel where I can also get to appreciate nature. That’s awesome..

  • Elizabeth O

    These Lakes bring back good memories of my time back home. I’m glad they are still beautifully kept and popular.

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