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Old 09-15-2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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Here's a new video from Billy & Akaisha Kalderli. It's a stroll along the boardwalk at Lake Chapala. The area has the largest concentration of U.S. retirees outside the U.S. and Canada.

http://www.retireearlylifestyle.com/chapala_malecon.wmv
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Old 09-15-2010, 05:26 PM   #2
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During one of my visits to Guadalajara several years ago, I heard that Lake Chapala has receded so much that "lakeside" home were at the time over 100 yards from the water. Did I hear wrong? Am I totally off base (well, yes, but I mean on this point)? Or did someone take steps to help the lake fill up again? It certainly looked like it had plenty of water in the video.
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I heard that Lake Chapala has receded
I heard the same reports. I'm guessing the lake level has come back up. I can't say for sure, though.
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Evidently the Chapala water level was really low around 2002 but has come back dramatically.

This link shows how the water level has fluctuated over the years:

http://www.ceajalisco.gob.mx/sia/niveles/niveles.html

It's much better now.
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Evidently the Chapala water level was really low around 2002 but has come back dramatically.

This link shows how the water level has fluctuated over the years:

http://www.ceajalisco.gob.mx/sia/niveles/niveles.html

It's much better now.
Thanks for the great info. My daughter lived in Guadalajara for four years during the low-water level period in the early 2000s.
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Lake Chapala has cycles and it is a very shallow lake.

Since we first started coming here in 1993, we have seen it in drought periods and in high water times. The differences can be staggering.

At one point during a drought cycle, one could walk out almost a mile before hitting water. Squatters had shacks out there, horses and cows were grazing, and futbol goals were built in several places so the kids could play soccer. People in the local churches prayed to the Virgin to make it rain and to 'bring back our life here at the lake.'

Those who owned property and had purchased at a time when the lake was 'up' began bemoaning their decision to live here. But then the lake came back up and all was well once again.

Right now, the lake is up and it's gorgeous.

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Author, The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement
The Adventurer's Guide to Chapala Living
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