Lake Faak

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Lake Faak, Faaker See
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Location Carinthia
Coordinates 46°34′40″N 13°55′30″E / 46.57778°N 13.92500°E / 46.57778; 13.92500Coordinates: 46°34′40″N 13°55′30″E / 46.57778°N 13.92500°E / 46.57778; 13.92500
Primary inflows Wourounitza, Rotschitza
Primary outflows Faaker Seebach to Gail River
Basin countries Austria
Surface area 2.2 km²
Average depth 16.1 m
Max. depth 29.5 m
Water volume 35.24 mio m³
Residence time 1.8 years
Surface elevation 554 m
Islands Faaker See Insel
Settlements Faak, Drobollach, Egg

Lake Faak or Faaker See (German: Faaker See, Slovene: Baško jezero) is an alpine lake in the Austrian state of Carinthia. With an area of approximately 2.2 km², it is the state's fifth-largest lake. Lake Faak is a popular vacation and swimming destination, known for its clear turquoise water. Fishing, especially for whitefish (German: Reinanke), is also quite popular.

The lake is located south of Villach and the Drava River at the northern slope of the Karawanks mountain range. The settlements of Drobollach and Egg on the northern shore belong to the City of Villach. The village of Faak to the southwest, after which the lake is named, is part of the municipality of Finkenstein.

In 1855, Lake Faak inspired the Slovene composer and priest Franc Treiber to compose the song "Nmav čez izaro" (Over the Lake), which soon became one of the best-known Slovene folk songs, and even now it is considered the unofficial anthem of Carinthian Slovenes.[1]

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