(excerpts from Wikipedia) Lake Venado, located at the foot of Mt. Apo in Kidapawan, North Cotabato, is known to be the highest lake in the country with an estimated surface elevation of 2,194 meters above sea level. The lake is feed by local run-off and there is no outflow from the lake (termed as an endorheic lake). The lake usually loses two-thirds of its size during dry months due to evaporation.
The wide Campsite
The name of the lake comes from the Spanish word “venado”, which means “deer,” owing to the deer-like shape of the lake. However, the local people living in the area called the lake “linaw”, a Cebuano term for “clear”, because the water of the lake is crystal-clear reflecting the peak of Mount Apo. The lake is believed to be enchanted by spirits living in the lake, according to the local tribes people.
View of Mt. Apo Peak (perspective from Lake Venado)