Lake Zell

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Lake Zell (Zeller See)
ZellAmSee UferPromenade GrandHotel.JPG
Location Salzburg (state)
Coordinates 47°19′N 12°48′E / 47.317°N 12.800°E / 47.317; 12.800Coordinates: 47°19′N 12°48′E / 47.317°N 12.800°E / 47.317; 12.800
Primary inflows Schmittenbach, Thumersbach
Primary outflows Salzach
Basin countries Austria
Max. length 4 km
Max. width 1.5 km
Max. depth 69 m
Surface elevation 750 m
Settlements Zell am See

Lake Zell (German: Zeller See; Italian: Lago di Zell) is a small freshwater lake in the Austrian Alps. It takes its name from the city of Zell am See, which is located on a small delta protruding into the lake. The lake is 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) long and 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) wide. It is up to 69 metres deep and at an elevation of 750 metres above sea level.

The lake is fed by numerous small mountain streams in summer, but only one stream flows out of it into the Salzach River. In winter the lake completely freezes and is used for winter sports. In summer the lake is used for pleasure boating (boats powered by combustion engines are not allowed except for the ferries that cross the width of the lake from Zell to Thumersbach, so electrically powered boats can be rented instead). The water is very clear and suitable for swimming or diving, but can be chilly.

The southern end of the lake, near Schüttdorf, is shallower and mostly filled with water weed, making it unsuitable for boating or swimming.

Panoramic view of Lake Zell, Zell Am See visible on the right
Panorama of Lake Zell