Näsijärvi seen from Näsinneula tower
|Catchment area||7,672.29 km2 (2,962.29 sq mi)|
|Max. length||40 km (25 mi)|
|Surface area||256.12 km2 (98.89 sq mi)|
|Max. depth||63 m (207 ft)|
|Surface elevation||95.4 m (313 ft)|
|Settlements||Kuru, Tampere, Ylöjärvi|
Näsijärvi is a lake 95 metres (312 ft) above sea level, in Pirkanmaa region, Finland. Näsijärvi is the biggest lake in the Tampere region at 256 square kilometres (99 sq mi) in size. The city of Tampere was built around the rapids of Tammerkoski, through which the lake drains into Pyhäjärvi. The water quality of the lake has improved as forest industry has decreased the amount of waste water.
There are boat cruising services on Näsijärvi. The steamer SS Kuru suffered the most severe Finnish inland shipping disaster on lake Näsijärvi.
During the winter, usually during February and March, the lake is frozen in its entirety. Näsijärvi is then used for Nordic walking, cross-country skiing, and everyday pleasure walking. There is a small, rocky island upon which a lighthouse resides, called Siilinkari – it is the most popular walking destination on the lake.
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