Lake Hawassa, which is located about 275 k/.m South of Addis Ababa. An altitude if varies from N 680 meters to about 2940 meters above sea level and has total area of with the catchments area of 94 square kilometers, , the lake has 16 kilometers length,9 kilometers width and its maximum depth is 22 meters.
Boating on the Hawassa lakes is an excellent chance to tourists to see the length & width of the lake in all direction and spectacular view of the sunset. the lake with its mountainous background is one of the ethiopian beautiful lakes. The lake is extremely rich in uni fauna diversity and population than any other water bodies in the country .many species of resident and migratory birds thrive on the lake and the surrounding vegetation. A grassy shore of the surrounding lake is convenient for walks ,sightseeing, and bird watching ,a regular hobby for which the lake is famous, with its abundance of storks and herons ,mingling with kingfishers, darters, plovers,wild ducks, egyptian goozse,crakes, and cormorants, which create a corlorful spectacle.