Lakes and Lagunas of Catemaco
In common Spanish, "laguna" (lagoon) and "lago" (lake) are often used interchangeably.
Type: groundwater fed crater lake,
Name: Nahuatl "en el agua verde esmeralda", emerald waters,
Size:  590 m x 570 m, app 30 ha,
Depth:  max. 43 m, avg 22 m,
Water Quality: eutrophic, murky,
Altitude: 420 m, 100 m above laguna,
Tourism: no facilities.
Access: 3 km southwest of Catemaco, off Acayucan highway, along partially paved rural road.
Laguna Amolapan
Laguna Chalchoapan
Laguna Nixtamalpan
Laguna  Sontecomapan
Lago Apompal
Name: Nahuatl " cabeza de rios" headwaters,
Size: app. 6200 m longest x 4000 m widest,  highly irregular,  900 ha,
Depth:  max 5 m, avg less than 2 m,
Water Quality: clear to murky, brackish,
Altitude: sea level,
Tourism: see Sontecomapan attractions,
Access: 18 km northwest of Catemaco, off Montepio highway, on edge of town of Sontecomapan.
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Name: various interpretations, most popular but unlikely: place of the burned houses,
Surface: 73 km²
Depth:  maximum 22 m, average 7.6 m, center 11m,
Size: maximum width 10,250 m, length 12,320 m,  
Shape: elliptical bowl,
Perimeter: 49,754 m,
Volume: 553 millon cubic meters,
Watershed:  app. 323 km²
Water Quality: eutrophic, murky,
Altitude: 340 m,
Tourism: see Laguna Catemaco attractions,
Access: shores of the city of Catemaco and various surrounding locations.
Laguna Catemaco
Catemaco
Veracruz, Mexico
Type: shallow groundwater fed lake,
Name: Pibil - "en el agua del axmole", waters of the axmol (Moon Flower),
also Axmolapan & Amaloapan,
Size: app. 150 m x 115 m,  1.7 ha,
Depth: unknown,  presumed to be less than 8 m,
Water Quality: unknown, murky,
Altitude: 360 m,  20 m above laguna,
Access: 2 km north of Catemaco, on Sontecomapan highway, at El Cortijo entrance.
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Type: groundwaterfed crater lake,
Size: app 480 m x 430 m,  20 ha,
Depth:  unknown, said to be 50 m,
Water Quality: unknown, murky,
Altitude: 410 m, 50 m above laguna?,
Tourism: no facilities,
Access: 2.2 km northwest of Catemaco, off Sontecomapan  highway, 1/4 mile above hospital.
Type: groundwater fed crater lake,
Name: Spanish - Apompo tree (money tree),
Size: app. 140 x 100m, 1.4 ha,
Depth:  unknown, presumed shallow,
Water Quality: clear but muddy
Altitude: app 750 m, 310 m above laguna,
Tourism:  nearby ecotouristic facilities
Access: 28 km northwest of Catemaco, off Las Margaritas road, above Miguel Hidalgo village.
Laguna Catemaco - a true lake, fed by streams.
Laguna Chalchoapan - a shallow groundwater and runoff fed lake,
Laguna Nixtamalapan - a shallow groundwater and runoff fed lake,