Lake Faak

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Lake Faak
Coordinates46°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 inflowsWourounitza, Rotschitza
Primary outflowsFaaker Seebach to Gail River
Basin countriesAustria
Surface area2.2 km²
Average depth16.1 m
Max. depth29.5 m
Water volume35.24 mio m³
Residence time1.8 years
Surface elevation554 m
IslandsFaaker See Insel
SettlementsFaak, Drobollach, Egg

Lake Faak or Faaker See (German: Faaker See, Slovene: Baško jezero) is an alpine lake in the Austrian state of Carinthia. With an area of approximately 2.2 km², it is the state's fifth-largest lake. Lake Faak is a popular vacation and swimming destination, known for its clear turquoise water. Fishing, especially for whitefish (German: Reinanke), is also quite popular.

The lake is located south of Villach and the Drava River at the northern slope of the Karawanks mountain range. 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 municipality of Finkenstein.

In 1855, Lake Faak inspired the Slovene composer and 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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