|Catchment area||861 km2 (332 sq mi)|
|Surface area||79 km2 (31 sq mi)|
|Average depth||9.8 m (32 ft)|
|Max. depth||41 m (135 ft)|
|Water volume||0.78 km3 (0.19 cu mi)|
|Shore length1||395 km (245 mi)|
|Surface elevation||77 m (253 ft)|
|References||Järviwiki Web Service|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
Lake Kuolimo is closely linked to Finland's largest lake Saimaa, and discharges into it through two separate routes, featuring the rapids of Partakoski and Kärnänkoski. The lakes belong to the Vuoksi river basin, which drains through Lake Ladoga to the Gulf of Finland.
Kuolimo is considered a particularly clean-water lake. It is inhabited by a relict population of the Arctic char. The critically endangered fish lives only certain parts of southern Lake Saimaa, including Yövesi, Luonteri and Ruokovesi. The original population lives only in Lake Kuolimo. Fishing of the Arctic char is totally prohibited.
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