Lake Togo is located just off the Atlantic coast of Togo, about 20 kilometers northeast of the country's capital, Lome. Lake Togo is part of the Togolese Lagoon and is separated from the Atlantic by a narrow belt of sand about a kilometer wide. The river Sio and several smaller watercourses flow into the lake. It is connected to the Atlantic by a canal on the east side of the lake. The lake is a favorite destination for visitors to Lome who love water sports and who want to ride on the lake on traditional boats, pirogues. This lake is also a favorite of bird watchers because its shallow waters and the floodplain that surrounds it are home to many migratory and indigenous bird species.