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"Hurry! Back to work!"
―Lake convincing the apes to resume working on the wall again to save Caesar [src]

Lake is an evolved female chimpanzee, and a member of the Ape Council. Righteous and protective, she is the guardian of Caesar's son Cornelius, and was vital in helping the apes escape Colonel McCullough's camp and migrate to their new home.



Lake was born in the Ape Village of Muir Woods Park to unknown parents, around the time Blue Eyes was born. Lake and Blue Eyes were close when they were children and played all the time, until Blue Eyes started wanting to be with boys his age and hunt.

War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations

When Blue Eyes was leaving with Rocket, Ray, Malcolm, Ellie and Alexander to search for threats South, Lake approached him asking him if he was going to leave without saying goodbye. Blue Eyes said yes and Lake was angry at him because of it and how clueless he was being. Blue Eyes was mocked by his traveling companions because of his cluelessness to Lake's attraction to him.

War for the Planet of the Apes

Lake is presumably Blue Eyes' wife as she greets him when he arrives after a long journey and they lovingly touch heads. She is also shown sitting alongside the Ape Council with her head on Blue Eyes' shoulder. She speaks up that it is impossible to move the entire colony overnight.

After an attack on the Ape Waterfall that resulted in the deaths of Cornelia and Blue Eyes, Caesar tasked Lake with taking care of Cornelius while he was away, stating, "You loved my son. Look after his brother". However, she along with the rest of the ape colony were soon captured by the Colonel's soldiers, using them as slave labor to build a defensive wall.

Later at the labor camp, while several of the other apes shun Caesar, Lake gently tells him to "forgive them, we've been through a lot". When McCullough points a gun to Caesar's head, trying to get him to tell the other apes to work, Lake lifts a rock above her head showing that she is ready to work, and thus saves his life when everyone begins to follow her.

She is shown taking care of Cornelius again after they break free, clinging to him when an avalanche almost covers the apes. At the reaching the desert, she is seen with Rocket, watching Cornelius playing with Bad Ape and Nova, before turning to Maurice, who was mourning over Caesar's body.


Lake seems to enjoy children as she is seen watching over them before greeting Blue Eyes. She also takes care of his little brother Cornelius. She is a faithful follower of Caesar and defends him while in captivity at McCullough's labor camp.


  • Animal Strength: Like all chimpanzees, Lake is very powerful and strong.
  • Genius-Level Intellect: As the daughter of two evolved apes, Lake has a high level of intelligence; because her parents inhaled the ALZ-113 early in their life, Lake has a higher level of intelligence than both of her parents combined.
  • Speech: As the daughter of two evolved chimpanzees, Lake was born with the ability of speech, while her father (and presumably her mother) learned to speak later in life. She did not have any verbal lines of dialogue in War, so it is unknown how good her english is.
  • Sign Language: Like her fellow apes, Lake knows American Sign Language. She uses it as a way of communication, to talk to other apes who cannot or have limited ability of verbal speech.


See Lake/Relationships.


  • Lake and Blue Eyes were romantically involved but were not (apparently) officially mated as Blue Eyes is seen sleeping with his family; but there is no direct evidence given to prove this.
  • After Caesar's death, it can be assumed that Lake played some role in raising Cornelius alongside Maurice and Rocket..
  • Lake has a pendant with a fang of an unknown animal.


  • Many viewers mistook Lake as Cornelia before the release of the final trailer, which showed a dead Cornelia and Blue Eyes.
  • In Revelations, it is revealed that Lake was one of Blue Eyes' close childhood friends, along with Ash, as she had romantic feelings for Blue Eyes.


Planet of the Apes - Chernin Entertainment Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Lucky | Koba's Mother | Sparrow | Pope | Fifer | Cora | Rex | Bon | Dallas | Milo | Herman | Spear | Ajax | Oak | Fox | Aghoo | Ursus | Percy | Beardface | Armando
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Colonel McCullough | Nova
Supporting Human Characters
Rodney | John Hamil | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Werner | Kemp | Clancy Stoppard | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Terry | Roger | Rod Wilson | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge | Battle in San Francisco | Battle of the Muir Woods Park | Battle of the Border
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
Caesar's Ape Colony | Caesar's Council of Apes | Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony | Dreyfus' Human Army | Malcolm's Group | Alpha-Omega | Donkeys
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain | Ape Gate | Ape Village | Caesar's Home | Warehouse | The Border
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Before the Dawn | War for the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age | Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations | War for the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | Caesar’s Story
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes