Lake Chapala, in the state of Jalisco, covers 651 square miles (1,686 sq km), and is Mexico’s largest freshwater lake.
It is a shallow lake, and is situated on the border between the states of Jalisco and Michoacán.
Lake Chapala is a habitat for several species of migratory birds, such as the White Pelican, and home to many species of indigenous plants and animals.
The rapid development of industrial and agricultural activities in the region threaten the water quality of the lake.
Lake Chapala’s water level has dropped in the past due to growing demand for fresh water in the area.
In 2010 water level and quality have improved due to water treatment plants along the Lerma river as a result of grassroots conservation programs to protect and maintain the natural habitats of the lake.