Lake Lesina

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Lake Lesina
Lago di Lesina
Lake- Lago di Lesina.jpg
Location Province of Foggia, Apulia
Coordinates 41°53′16″N 15°26′25″E / 41.88778°N 15.44028°E / 41.88778; 15.44028Coordinates: 41°53′16″N 15°26′25″E / 41.88778°N 15.44028°E / 41.88778; 15.44028
Lake type lagoon
Primary outflows Foce Acquarotta, Foce Schiappàro
Catchment area 447 km2 (173 sq mi)
Basin countries Italy
Max. length 22 km (14 mi)
Max. width 3.5 km (2.2 mi)
Surface area 51.4 km2 (19.8 sq mi)
Average depth 0.7 m (2 ft 4 in)
Max. depth 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Residence time 100 days
(summer 306 days,
winter 31 days)
Surface elevation 0 m (0 ft)

Lake Lesina (Italian:Lago di Lesina or Laguna di Lesina), situated in the north of Apulia between Tavoliere delle Puglie and the promontory of Gargano, is the ninth largest lake in Italy and the second largest in the southern part of the country. It is about 22 km long, an average of 2.4 km wide, and covers an area of 51.4 square kilometres.

Two canals, Acquarotta and Schiapparo, link it the lake to the Adriatic Sea, from which it is separated by a long hill known as Bosco Isola, between one and two kilometres in width and sixteen in length. Numerous streams provide the lake with a modest supply of fresh water.

The lake is populated above all by eels which provide a traditional source of income for the people of Lesina.

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