Tranquil Bakun Lake with its many islets.

KUCHING: The state government has plans for Bakun Lake to be turned into a tourist attraction, in addition to becoming a water sports centre in Sarawak.

“There is much potential in Bakun. Apart from becoming a preferred venue for water sports, we also hope to showcase it as a tourism gem in Sarawak,” said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 8).

Masing, who is also Minister of Infrastructure and Port Development, said he hoped that the Ministry of Youth and Sports would also participate in the cause.

Masing (centre) being briefed by the project consultant as Liwan (far right) looks on.

He said this would allow the proposed Bakun Sailing Club to establish its office and facilities to train Sarawak Sukma athletes in sailing events.

A potential attraction for local and foreign tourists is a waterfall hidden along a hiking trail.

“The vast body of water, hopefully, will entice sailing enthusiasts to make Bakun Lake as their venue apart from attracting tourists to this scenic and lush green interior region.”

For nature lovers, trekkers and adventurers, he said a natural waterfall was located nearby and accessible through a hiking trail.

On the RM47 million 12km alternative road leading to Bakun Lake and the proposed RM17 million jetty, Masing revealed that the projects had been rescheduled for completion next October.

During his visit to the lake, he was informed that the progress of both projects was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

He noted that the proposed Phase Two would include public amenities and lock-up shops to cater to the needs of Bakun inland fishermen.

Also present during Masing’s visit was Assistant Minister of Utilities (Rural Electricity) and Belaga assemblyman Datuk Liwan Lagang.

An aerial view of the Bakun Lake, surrounded by scenic lush greenery.