Lake Faak

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Faaker See
Lake Faak
View to Mt. Mittagskogel
Location Carinthia
Coordinates 46°34′40″N 13°55′30″E / 46.57778°N 13.92500°E / 46.57778; 13.92500Coordinates: 46°34′40″N 13°55′30″E / 46.57778°N 13.92500°E / 46.57778; 13.92500
Primary inflows Wourounitza, Rotschitza
Primary outflows Faaker Seebach to Gail river
Basin countries Austria
Max. length 2.3 km (1.4 mi)
Max. width 1.7 km (1.1 mi)
Surface area 2.2 km2 (0.85 sq mi)
Average depth 16.1 m (53 ft)
Max. depth 29.5 m (97 ft)
Water volume 35,240,000 m3 (28,570 acre·ft)
Residence time 1.8 years
Surface elevation 554 m (1,818 ft)
Islands Lake Faak Island (Faaker See Insel)
Settlements Faak, Drobollach, Egg

Lake Faak (German: Faaker See; Slovene: Baško jezero) is a lake in the Austrian state of Carinthia. With an area of approximately 2.2 km2 (0.85 sq mi), it is the state's fifth-largest lake.


The lake is located south of Villach and the Drava river, at the northern slope of the Karawanks mountain range beneath Mt. Mittagskogel (Kepa). The settlements of Drobollach and Egg on the northern shore belong to the City of Villach. The village of Faak to the southwest, after which the lake is named, is part of the Finkenstein municipality.

Lake Faak is a popular vacation and swimming destination, known for its clear turquoise water. The European Bike Week, the largest motorcycle rally in Europe, is annually held at the lake. Fishing, especially for whitefish (Reinanke) but also for carp, pike, wels, and zander, is quite common.

In 1855, Lake Faak inspired the Slovene priest Franc Treiber to compose the song Nmav čez izaro ("Over the Lake"), which soon became one of the best-known Slovene folk songs, and even now it is considered the unofficial anthem of Carinthian Slovenes.[1]

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