Storsjön

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Storsjön
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Location Jämtland
Coordinates 63°13′N 14°19′E / 63.217°N 14.317°E / 63.217; 14.317Coordinates: 63°13′N 14°19′E / 63.217°N 14.317°E / 63.217; 14.317
Catchment area 12,064 km²
Basin countries Sweden
Surface area 464 km²
Average depth 17.3 m
Max. depth 74 m
Water volume 8,018,000,000 m³
Shore length1 439 km
Surface elevation 292 m
Islands Frösön
Settlements Krokom, Brunflo, Orrviken
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Storsjön (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈstuːɧœn], lit. "The Great Lake") is the fifth largest lake in Sweden, with an area of 464 km² and a greatest depth of 74 m. It is located in the province of Jämtland in modern Jämtland County. From Storsjön runs the river Indalsälven and the lake contains the major island Frösön. The city of Östersund is located on the east shore of the lake, opposite Frösön.

Storsjön is said to be the home of the sea creature Storsjöodjuret, not unlike Nessie, and every now and then there are new reports of people having spotted it. Descriptions of the creature have varied over the years. Some have described it as being serpentine in appearance, with multiple humps, a feline or canine-like head and grayish skin. Others have claimed that the creature is short in stature and morbidly obese, with a roundish skull.

The ferry company Vägverket Färjerederiet [1] (run by the Swedish Road Authority) provides two ferry lines crossing the lake, one from Norderön to Håkansta and one from Isön to Norderön. They are replaced by ice roads during the winter, usually January–April [2].

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