As the world's largest man-made lake Lake Nasser is approximately 310 miles in length (1550 square miles) and, in places, can reach a depth of 600 feet. The lake was created in the 1960s when the world famous High Dam was built. Together with the old Aswan Dam it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt. It is named after Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt from 1956-1970. Part of the area Lake Nasser covers today was once the site of the temples of Abu Simbel, built by Ramses II around 1200 B.C. Lake Nasser has arguably the best freshwater fishing in the world for both Nile perch and Tiger Fish.