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Lac d'Aiguebelette is a natural lake in the commune of Aiguebelette-le-Lac, within the department of Savoie, France.

Lac d'Aiguebelette
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LocationSavoie
Coordinates45°33′10″N 5°47′50″E / 45.55278°N 5.79722°E / 45.55278; 5.79722Coordinates: 45°33′10″N 5°47′50″E / 45.55278°N 5.79722°E / 45.55278; 5.79722
Primary inflowsLeysse de Novalaise
Primary outflowsTiers
Catchment area70 km2 (27 sq mi)
Basin countriesFrance
Surface area5.45 km2 (2.10 sq mi)
Max. depth71 m (233 ft)
Water volume166×10^6 m3 (135,000 acre⋅ft)
Surface elevation390.5 m (1,281 ft)
Frozen1909, 1929, 1941, 1942, 1956
Islands2
SettlementsAiguebelette, Lépin-le-Lac, Saint-Alban-de-Montbel, Novalaise, Nances

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DescriptionEdit

With a surface area of 5.45 km2 and a depth of 71 meters it is one of the largest natural lakes of France. It is noted for its blue-green colour and the seven hot water springs. The communities of Novalaise, Lépin-le-Lac, Saint-Alban-de-Montbel and Aiguebelette-le-Lac border west side of the lake, whilst the Chaîne de l'Épine ridge lies to the east with its high point at Mont Grêle (1,425 metres (4,675 ft)).

At the southern end there are two islands, La Petite Ile and La Grande Ile which has a chapel.

RecreationEdit

The Chaîne de l'Épine ridge is crossed by hiking trails, and paragliders launch from there during the summer.

Motorboats are not allowed on the lake to preserve the silence and wildlife along the lake. There are noted views of the lake from the church at St. Alban de Montbel and the mountain ridges.

RowingEdit

The lake hosted the 1997 World Rowing Championships,[1] and also the 2015 competition.[2]

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