Walensee

lake in Switzerland

The Walensee, also known as Lake Walen or Lake Walenstadt from Walenstadt, is a lake in eastern Switzerland. It is in the cantons of St. Gallen and Glarus. Other towns and villages at the lake include Weesen, Quinten, Quarten, and Murg.

Walensee
Lake Walen
Lake Walenstadt
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Lake Walen and Unterterzen, Quarten
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LocationSt. Gallen, Glarus
Coordinates47°7′N 9°12′E / 47.117°N 9.200°E / 47.117; 9.200Coordinates: 47°7′N 9°12′E / 47.117°N 9.200°E / 47.117; 9.200
Primary inflowsLinth (Escherkanal), Seez, Murgbach
Primary outflowsLinth canal
Basin countriesSwitzerland
Surface area24.19 km2 (9.34 sq mi)
Average depth104.7 m (344 ft)
Max. depth151 m (495 ft)
Water volume2.5 km3 (2,000,000 acre⋅ft)
Residence time1.4258 years
Surface elevation419 m (1,375 ft)
IslandsSchnittlauchinsel
SettlementsWalenstadt, Weesen, Quinten, Quarten, Murg

The three main rivers leading to this lake are the Seez, Murgbach, and Linth. The last continues its course from Walensee to Lake Zurich. The Schnittlauchinsel, at the eastern end of the lake, is the only island in the Walensee.

The Churfirsten range raises steeply on the north side from the lake's level at 419 m to 2,306 m above sea level.