June 27, 2017

The Hot and Cold Lake

An ideal getaway

Panorama of the Lake

Panorama of the Lake

The Hot and Cold Lake is the northern section of the Itiribisi Lake, located in Essequibo. It was formed naturally between the sand hills of Mashabo to Onderneeming, and is sourced by many natural springs, and by rainfall. The lake drains into the oceanthrough Riverstown Creek.
The name ‘Hot and Cold’ came about when visitors swimming in the water experienced warm water, followed by cold patches all around the swimming area. This is due to an underwater spring close by, spewing cold water into the lake, giving the effect of being hot and cold.

A place of relaxation and serenity

A place of relaxation and serenity

After the blocking of the drainage at its lowest points in 1980 by Lindsey Parkinson as the second phase to the Tapakuma Irrigation Project for rice in Essequibo, the Hot and Cold Lake grew deeper and took up a larger area where a popular picnic and campsite was developed alongside one of the sandy hills.
This beautiful and serene lakeside campsite is owned and operated by the Amins. It is located about three miles inland of the Suddie village and is nearby to the newly developed Lil Red Village and Onderneeming Village.
To get there one must follow a loam trail with overhanging trees. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the campsite from the Suddie car park. At the hilltop, above the campsite, is abreath-taking view. This ideal getaway offers pristine nature and serenity.

Residents of the nearby village fishing at the Lake

Residents of the nearby village fishing at the Lake

Boat ride on the Lake

Boat ride on the Lake

The lake is the perfect location for camping, cook-outs, boating, swimming, bird watching, fishing and enjoyment of outdoor activities due to its spacious surrounding.
The Hot and Cold Lake is definitely a must-see for nature lovers when visiting Essequibo. (Information by R. R. Chan. Photos by Marco Basir)

The campsite hill towers 80ft above the Hot and Cold Lake

The campsite hill towers 80ft above the Hot and Cold Lake