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View of Almsee from the north towards the Totes Gebirge
View to the shore in the south of the Almsee.
LocationGrünau im Almtal
Coordinates47°45′N 13°57.5′E / 47.750°N 13.9583°E / 47.750; 13.9583Coordinates: 47°45′N 13°57.5′E / 47.750°N 13.9583°E / 47.750; 13.9583[1]
Lake typeOligotrophic
Primary outflowsAlm[1]
Catchment area41.4 km2 (16.0 sq mi)[1]
Basin countriesAustria
DesignationNature reserve
Max. length2.3 km (1.4 mi)[2]
Max. width700 m (2,300 ft)[2]
Surface area0.85 km2 (0.33 sq mi)[1]
Average depth2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)[1]
Max. depth5 m (16 ft)[1]
Water volume2,100,000 m3 (1,700 acre⋅ft)[1]
Residence time10 days[1]
Surface elevation589 m (1,932 ft)[1]

Almsee, English sometimes Lake Alm,[3][4] is a lake in Upper Austria's part of the Salzkammergut in the Almtal valley, 11 kilometers (6.8 mi) south of the village of Grünau im Almtal.[1] The lake lies in the northern portion of the Totes Gebirge mountains and is about 2.3 kilometers (1.4 mi) by 700 meters (2,300 ft) wide.[2]

The lake drains through the Alm River.[2] Since 1965, the area around the Almsee is under nature conservation. Konrad Lorenz made important observations of the greylag goose at the lake.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Seeprofil Almsee" (PDF). Amtliches-Seen-Messnetz (in German). Amt der Oberösterreichischen Landesregierung, Direktion Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft, Abteilung Oberflächengewässerwirtschaft. July 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  2. ^ a b c d e Pachl, W (2010-11-17). "Almsee". Österreich Lexikon. Verlagsgemeinschaft Österreich-Lexikon. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  3. ^ Chatwin, Bruce. 1996. Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings 1969–1989. New York: Viking.
  4. ^ Dagg, Anne Innis. 2011. Animal Friendships. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 34.