Bitburg Reservoir

The Bitburg Reservoir (German: Stausee Bitburg) is a flood retention basin on the River Prüm in Biersdorf am See and Wiersdorf in the Eifel mountains of Germany. It is about 12 kilometres northwest of the town of Bitburg and not far from the city of Trier in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

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LocationBitburg-Prüm
Coordinates50°01′01″N 6°26′17″E / 50.017°N 6.438°E / 50.017; 6.438Coordinates: 50°01′01″N 6°26′17″E / 50.017°N 6.438°E / 50.017; 6.438
Construction began1970–1972
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsPrüm
Height (foundation)18 m
Length90 m
Elevation at crest260 m
Width (crest)10 m
Reservoir
Total capacity2.4 Mm3
Active capacity1.2 Mm3
Catchment area330 km2
Surface area0.393 km2
Normal elevation256 m

The dam, a 15-metre-high earth dam, was built by the Zweckverband Stausee Bitburg for flood protection at a spot where the narrow and deeply incised valley of the Prüm opened into a valley bowl, that used to be constantly in danger of flooding. The roughly 2-kilometre-long and up to nine-metre-deep reservoir allows the regulation of low water levels, enables the generation of electricity, and offers a place of recreation, making it a popular destination and tourist centre in the South Eifel. Around the lake there is a five-kilometre-long circular path and many other good hiking trails, some of which are lit at night. The hiking network of the German-Luxembourg Nature Park starts here.

Sporting and recreational activities include rowing, paddling, surfing, pedaloes, inline skating, mountain biking, badminton, cycling and fishing (for trout). in the middle of the lake is a large fountain.

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