Lac des Perches

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Lac des Perches
Lac des Perches.JPG
LocationHaut-Rhin
Coordinates47°50′47″N 6°55′22″E / 47.84639°N 6.92278°E / 47.84639; 6.92278Coordinates: 47°50′47″N 6°55′22″E / 47.84639°N 6.92278°E / 47.84639; 6.92278
Typeglacial
Basin countriesFrance
Surface area0.044 km2 (0.017 sq mi)
Max. depth17 m (56 ft)
Surface elevation984 m (3,228 ft)

Lac des Perches is a lake in Haut-Rhin, France. At an elevation of 984 m, its surface area is 0.044 km². It is located on the Alsatian side of the Vosges Mountains in the municipality of Rimbach-près-Masevaux.

Toponymy[edit]

The 19th century German name of the lake was Sternsee (lake of the star). This name came from an alteration of Ternsee ou Ternensee. Its French name comes from a misinterpretation of the patois toponym Lac des Bers (meaning straw), which was read into Bärsch (in German perch) and translated into the present-day name of the lake.[1]

History[edit]

It is a Glacial Lake that was dammed in the 16th century to provide power to forges and to textile mills.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ober Bers et le lac des Perches, www.randoalsacevosges.com