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The term "East and West Lakes" has not been confirmed by official sources.

The East and West Lakes are two large bodies of water located in the central Earth Kingdom, southwest of Ba Sing Se. They are divided by the pinnacles of rock that form the Serpent's Pass, connected only by a small gap in the middle of the pass. Both lakes are connected by rivers to the sea, with West Lake connecting to the Mo Ce Sea and arctic seas, and East Lake to the Eastern Sea.[2]


Prior to Avatar Aang's return, the Fire Nation seized control of West Lake from the Earth Kingdom and sent ships to patrol along the Serpent's Pass and scan for intruders. Rumors spread that the Fire Nation was working on a secret project in West Lake and did not want anyone investigating. East Lake, however, remained under Earth Kingdom control, with one of its harbors, Full Moon Bay, serving as the main transfer point for refugees headed to Ba Sing Se.[1]

However, after the Earth King was overthrown,[3] the military of the Fire Nation, under the command of Admiral Liang, quickly swarmed into East Lake, forcing the Water Tribe forces, along with Aang and his friends, to abandon their defense of a nearby bay. After scuttling the Water Tribe fleet in the center of East Lake and commandeering a Fire Nation patrol vessel, they fled west and later approached a barrier constructed by the Fire Nation to control traffic through the gap in the Serpent's Pass. Hakoda and Sokka managed to convince the barrier guards to let the ship into West Lake, only to run into a patrol ship from the Western Fleet. After mistakenly revealing themselves to the ship's commander by commenting on having received orders from Admiral Chan, who had, in reality, been on leave, they engaged in a skirmish with the ship. However, the group managed to escape with relatively little damage.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (September 15, 2006). "The Serpent's Pass". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.
  2. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on (link). No longer updated, encyclopedia now broken though archived here.
  3. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & DiMartino, Michael Dante (director). (December 1, 2006). "The Crossroads of Destiny". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 20. Nickelodeon.
  4. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (September 21, 2007). "The Awakening". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
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