List of lakes in the Lake District

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this list contains the lakes, tarns and reservoirs in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England.

Note that only one body of water, Bassenthwaite Lake, is traditionally named a lake. Larger bodies of water in the Lake District are generally named as mere or water, whilst smaller ones are denoted by tarn. Some writers, particularly in the media, refer to Lake Windermere though this use is deprecated.

Former lakes, tarns and reservoirs[edit]


Physical characteristics of the 20 major lakes[edit]

Name Length (km)[2] Max. width (km)[2] Area (km²)[2] Volume (m³ x 106)[2] Mean depth (m)[2] Max. depth (m)[2] Surface elev. (m) Retention time (days)[2][3] Trophic state index
Bassenthwaite Lake 6.2 1.1 5.3 27.9 5.3 19.0 68.0 30 eutrophic
Blelham Tarn 0.67 0.29 0.1 0.7 6.8 14.5 42.0 50 eutrophic
Brotherswater 0.598 0.432 0.1907   7.2 15.0 157.0 21 oligotrophic
Buttermere 2.0 0.54 0.9 15.2 16.6 28.6 100.3 140 oligotrophic/mesotrophic
Coniston 8.7 0.73 4.9 113.3 24.1 56.1 43.6 340 mesotrophic/oligotrophic
Crummock Water 4.0 0.85 2.5 66.4 26.7 43.9 97.8 200 oligotrophic/mesotrophic
Derwent Water 4.6 1.91 5.4 29.0 5.5 22.0 75.0 55 mesotrophic
Elter Water 1.0 0.4 0.1637   3.3 7.0 53.0 20 outer basin: mesotrophic
middle basin: eutrophic
inner basin: hypereutrophic
Ennerdale Water 3.8 1.1 3.0 53.2 17.8 42.0 112.2 200 oligotrophic/mesotrophic
Esthwaite Water 2.5 0.62 1.0 6.4 6.4 15.5 65.2 100 eutrophic/hypereutrophic
Grasmere 1.6 0.6 0.6 5.0 7.7 21.5 63.4 25 eutrophic
Haweswater 6.9 0.9 3.9 76.6 23.4 57.0 246.0 500 mesotrophic
Loughrigg Tarn 0.4 0.3   6.9 10.3 97.0 117 eutrophic/mesotrophic
Loweswater 1.8 0.55 0.6 5.4 8.4 16.0 125.0 150 mesotrophic
Rydal Water 1.2 0.36 0.3   4.4 18.0 53.0 9[4] eutrophic/mesotrophic
Thirlmere 6.0 0.78 3.3 52.5 16.1 46.0 178.0 280 oligotrophic
Ullswater 11.8 1.02 8.9 223.0 25.3 63.0 145.0 350 oligotrophic/mesotrophic
Wastwater 4.8 0.82 2.9 115.6 40.2 76.0 61.0 350 oligotrophic
Windermere[5] 16.8 1.6 14.8 314.5 21.25 64.0 39.0   slightly eutrophic
 Windermere (north) 7.0 1.6 8.1 201.8 25.1 64.0 39.0 180 slightly eutrophic
 Windermere (south) 9.8 1.0 6.7 112.7 16.8 42.0 39.0 100 slightly eutrophic

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/dam-busters-will-put-part-of-cumbria-back-together-1.812084?referrerPath=home
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Except where otherwise noted, all data from McNamara, Jane, Table of lake facts ([dead link]), Environment Agency of England and Wales, retrieved 2007-11-13 [dead link]
  3. ^ Retention time is an approximate value for mean retention time
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Overall figures for Windermere derived from the two lake portions listed separately here.