Lake Faak and Karawanks range
|Primary inflows||Wourounitza, Rotschitza|
|Primary outflows||Faaker Seebach to Gail river|
|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|
The lake is located southeast of Villach in the valley of 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, known for its clear turquoise water, is a popular tourist destination with a wide range of hotels and restaurants on the shore. The European Bike Week, the largest motorcycle rally in Europe, is annually held at the lake in September. Fishing, especially for whitefish (Reinanke) but also for carp, pike, wels, and zander, is quite common.
In 1855, Lake Faak inspired the local 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 up to today is considered the unofficial anthem of Carinthian Slovenes.
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