Lake Sarnen

Lake Sarnen (German: Sarnersee) is a lake in the Swiss canton of Obwalden. The lake is on the Sarner Aa, which flows out of the Lake Lungern, through the Lake Sarnen, and into Lake Lucerne. The municipalities of Sarnen and Sachseln are located on the shores of the lake, and the Brünig railway line follows the eastern shore.[1]

Lake Sarnen
Lake Sarnen is located in Switzerland
Lake Sarnen
Lake Sarnen
Coordinates46°51′45″N 8°12′31″E / 46.86250°N 8.20861°E / 46.86250; 8.20861Coordinates: 46°51′45″N 8°12′31″E / 46.86250°N 8.20861°E / 46.86250; 8.20861
Native nameSarnersee  (German)
Primary inflowsAa, Grosse Melchaa, Dreiwässerkanal
Primary outflowsSarner Aa
Basin countriesSwitzerland
Max. length5.7 km (3.5 mi)[1]
Max. width1.6 km (0.99 mi)[1]
Surface area7.5 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
Average depth31 m (102 ft)
Max. depth51 m (167 ft)
Water volume239 million cubic metres (194,000 acre⋅ft)
Residence time0.8 years
Surface elevation469 m (1,539 ft)
SettlementsSarnen, Sachseln

The lake's area is about 7.5 km2 (2.9 sq mi) and its maximum depth is 51 m.[1] It is about 5.7 km (3.5 mi) long and, at its widest, 1.6 km (0.99 mi) wide.[1]

The lake is the subject of a watercolour painting by JMW Turner, entitled The Sarner See, Evening, and dating from c.1842.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "101 - Thuner See - Zentralschweiz" (Map). Sarnersee (2011 ed.). 1:100 000. National Map 1:100'000 Composites. Wabern, Switzerland: Federal Office of Topography – swisstopo. ISBN 978-3-302-00101-2. Retrieved 2020-01-23 – via
  2. ^ "The Sarner See, Evening, Joseph Mallord William Turner". Tate, London. Retrieved 2013-01-06.

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