Lake Ossiach

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Ossiacher See
Lake Ossiach
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Location Carinthia
Coordinates 46°40′N 13°58′E / 46.667°N 13.967°E / 46.667; 13.967Coordinates: 46°40′N 13°58′E / 46.667°N 13.967°E / 46.667; 13.967
Primary inflows Tiebel Creek
Primary outflows Seebach to Drava river
Basin countries Austria
Max. length 11 km
Max. width 1,700 m
Surface area 10.5 km²
Average depth 19.6 m (64 ft)
Max. depth 52 m (171 ft)
Water volume 206 km³
Residence time 1.8 years
Surface elevation 501 m (1644 ft)
Settlements Annenheim, Sattendorf, Bodensdorf, Steindorf, Ossiach

Lake Ossiach (German: Ossiacher See, Slovene: Osojsko jezero) is the third largest lake in the Austrian state of Carinthia, superseded only by Lake Wörth and Lake Millstatt.

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It is situated in the southern Nock Mountains range of the Gurktal Alps along the road between Villach and Feldkirchen, at a height of 501 m (1,644 ft). It reaches a maximum depth of 52 m (171 ft), the surface area is about 10.5 km2 (4.1 sq mi).

Lake Ossiach is a dimictic lake with mixing periods in spring and in late autumn. In summer the waters reach 24°C. Several uninhabited parts of the shore are protected as natural reserves.

There are five main villages surrounding the lake, all of them mainly dependent on summer tourism: Annenheim and Sattendorf, parts of the Treffen municipality, Bodensdorf and Steindorf, all located on the northern shore, and Ossiach with Ossiach Abbey, after which the lake is named.

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