PAOAY, Ilocos Norte, May 24 (PIA) — The picturesque Paoay Lake will soon offer a boating route and other water sports as part of the provincial government’s eco-tourism plan in this historic town.
Legend has it that a village and its people were swallowed by a great flood as part of nature’s wrath for their excesses and disregard of God. At the site where the village once stood emerged the now legendary Paoay Lake.
The boating route that the provincial government wants to develop starts from the Nagbacalan view deck and runs through at least seven stops around the 470-hectare lake. Water sports will soon be offered such as kayaking and paddle boating.
The boat ride is expected to draw more tourists to the town once the system is set in place. Riders would have a view of the Malacañang of the North and the lush surrounds of the tranquil lake.
The view deck, overlooking the serene lake, has become a favorite picnic ground for families and a take off point for bird watching. Hundreds of bird species flock early December up to February the following year to the lake to hunt for food and seek shelter from the Siberian cold from neighboring Chinese countries.
Governor Imee Marcos recently led a clean-up drive and the tree planting along the lake’s shoreline to restore the lake’s original habitat.
Republic Act No. 5631 declared Paoay Lake and all lands within one kilometer from its extremities as a national park.
Park management is shared by the DENR and the Department of Tourism (DOT). The Protected Areas and Management Board oversee the lake’s management and allocation of resources. (ANL/CCA-PIA1 Ilocos Norte)