|Catchment area||204 km2 (79 sq mi)|
|Max. length||13.8 km (8.6 mi)|
|Max. width||4.7 km (2.9 mi)|
|Surface area||38.3 km2 (14.8 sq mi)|
|Average depth||83.2 m (273 ft)|
|Max. depth||197 m (646 ft)|
|Water volume||3.2 km3 (0.77 cu mi)|
|Residence time||14.7 years|
|Surface elevation||417 m (1,368 ft)|
|Settlements||Zug, Arth, Buonas, Cham, Immensee, Oberwil, Risch, Walchwil|
Lake Zug (German: Zugersee) is a lake in Central Switzerland, situated between Lake Lucerne and Lake Zurich. It stretches for 14 km between Arth and the Cham-Zug bay. The Lorze as the main feeder river empties its waters into the lake at its northern extremity, but 1 km (0.6 mi) further west issues from the lake to pursue its course towards the Reuss. Due to this poor feeding, Environmental protection is very important as the lake would suffer long term damage if polluted as the second of the rivers, Rigiaa, feeds only a marginal amount into the lake at its southern end.
The lake is mostly within the borders of the Canton of Zug, with about 10 square kilometres (3.9 sq mi) at its southern end in the canton Schwyz, while the Canton of Lucerne claims about 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi) to the north of Immensee. Toward the south-west extremity of the lake the Rigi descends rather steeply to the water's edge, while part of its east shore forms a narrow level band at the foot of the 1,583 m (5,194 ft) Rossberg, and the Zugerberg. The culminating point of the lake's drainage basin is the summit of the Rigi at 1,798 m.
At its northern end, the shores are nearly level, while on the west shore the wooded promontory of Buonas (with its castles, old and new) projects picturesquely into the waters. The principal place on the lake is the town of Zug. Three railways follow the shore of the lake, one from Zurich via Zug and Arth-Goldau to the St Gotthard, one from Lucerne via Arth-Goldau to the St Gotthard, and the third from Zurich via Zug to Lucerne.
The first steamer was placed on the lake in 1852.
Since 1911, a railway (formerly part of the St. Gotthard main route) runs along its eastern shore past Walchwil to Arth at its south end, which was connected initially by a steam tramway with the Arth-Goldau station of the St Gotthard line. This line runs from Arth along the western shore to Immensee, where it bears south-west to Lucerne, while from Immensee another railway leads (at first some way from the shore) to Cham, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) west of Zug.
- "Products for Zugersee - Zug (EDV: 2017):". Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). 23 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.