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Land and Resources, Rivers and Lakes

Several small rivers flow through El Salvador into the Pacific, including the Goascoran, Jiboa, Torola, Paz and the Rio Grande de San Miguel. Only the largest river, the Lempa, flowing from Honduras across El Salvador to the ocean, is navigable for commercial traffic. Volcanic craters enclose scenic lakes, the most important of which are Ilopango (70 sq km/27 sq mi) and Coatepeque (26 sq km/10 sq mi). The largest natural lake is Lake Guija (44 sq km/17 sq mi). Several artificial lakes were created by the damming of the Lempa River, the largest of which is Embalse Cerron Grande (350 sq km/135 sq mi).

 

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