Løkjelsvatnet

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Løkjelsvatnet
Lykilsvatnet
Location Etne, Hordaland
Coordinates 59°39′29″N 6°07′44″E / 59.6581°N 6.1288°E / 59.6581; 6.1288Coordinates: 59°39′29″N 6°07′44″E / 59.6581°N 6.1288°E / 59.6581; 6.1288
Basin countries Norway
Max. length 4 kilometres (2.5 mi)
Max. width 2.2 kilometres (1.4 mi)
Surface area 4.51 km2 (1.74 sq mi)
Shore length1 15.79 kilometres (9.81 mi)
Surface elevation 626 metres (2,054 ft)
References NVE
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Løkjelsvatnet or Lykilsvatnet is a regulated lake in the municipality of Etne in Hordaland county, Norway. The 4.51-square-kilometre (1.74 sq mi) lake lies about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of the village of Etnesjøen. Water from the lake falls 400 metres (1,300 ft) vertically in tunnels and pipelines to the Hardeland hydroelectric power station. The site is operated by Haugaland Kraft.[1]

The Haugesund section of the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association operates the Løkjelsvatn cabin on the west shore of the lake, and there are marked maintain paths connecting the area to the rest of a nation-wide network of paths. The lake has a rich population of brown trout which is popular among fishermen.[2]

A group of eleven domesticated reindeer were introduced to the Etnefjellet mountain area in 1990, and the herd has adopted the Løkjelsvatnet lake area as its main habitat. This herd is now viewed and administered as if it were a wild herd.[3]

Løkjelsvatnet in winter

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