Lake Lesina

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Lake Lesina
Lago di Lesina
Lake- Lago di Lesina.jpg
LocationProvince of Foggia, Apulia
Coordinates41°53′16″N 15°26′25″E / 41.88778°N 15.44028°E / 41.88778; 15.44028Coordinates: 41°53′16″N 15°26′25″E / 41.88778°N 15.44028°E / 41.88778; 15.44028
Lake typelagoon
Primary outflowsFoce Acquarotta, Foce Schiappàro
Catchment area447 km2 (173 sq mi)
Basin countriesItaly
Max. length22 km (14 mi)
Max. width3.5 km (2.2 mi)
Surface area51.4 km2 (19.8 sq mi)
Average depth0.7 m (2 ft 4 in)
Max. depth1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Residence time100 days
(summer 306 days,
winter 31 days)
Surface elevation0 m (0 ft)

Lake Lesina (Italian: Lago di Lesina or Laguna di Lesina), situated in the north of Apulia between Tavoliere delle Puglie and the promontory of Gargano, is the ninth largest lake in Italy and the second largest in the southern part of the country. It is about 22 km long, an average of 2.4 km wide, and covers an area of 51.4 square kilometres.

Two canals, Acquarotta and Schiapparo, link it the lake to the Adriatic Sea, from which it is separated by a long hill known as Bosco Isola, between one and two kilometres in width and sixteen in length. Numerous streams provide the lake with a modest supply of fresh water.

The lake is populated above all by eels which provide a traditional source of income for the people of Lesina.