Another ideal place for recreation and water sport is Singkarak
Lake, 36 km from Bukittinggi. There are several motels and restaurants
in the area. Singkarak Lake is located about 10 Km of Solok city
and ± 35 Km from Kayu Aro. This lake is located in X Koto
district and spread across Solok - Bukit Tinggi way. The lake
is state between two regencies that is Solok regency and Tanah
Datar regency with ± 129,70 km2 (± 1.129,29 Ha)
width. Siangkarak Lake is the widest lake in West Sumatra and
the second widest lake in Sumatra Island after Toba Lake.
The Lake that located in 362,5 m height from the sea level, has
special species of fish that only live in this lake and the only
in the world. Society around called as Bilih Fish (Mystacoleuseus
Padangensis). Uniquely, this fish cannot live in other habitat,
both in an aquarium and in a pool. The people around are often
selling this fish and the visitors can enjoy the specific taste
of this fish in the restaurants that located around the lake.
The Lake is equipped by some facilities, such as; hotels, motels,
restaurants and also water sport facilities. Beside used as tourism
objects and the economic source of society around, nowadays, this
lake also used as the electric source of Sicincin.