Lake Silvaplana

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Lake Silvaplana
Lej da Silvaplauna
Château du lac.jpg
View from the northern shore
LocationEngadin, Grisons
Coordinates46°26′56″N 9°47′33″E / 46.44889°N 9.79250°E / 46.44889; 9.79250Coordinates: 46°26′56″N 9°47′33″E / 46.44889°N 9.79250°E / 46.44889; 9.79250
Primary inflowsInn (named Sela after Lake Sils), Fexbach, Ova dal Valhun
Primary outflowsLake Champfèr (Inn)
Catchment area129 km2 (50 sq mi)
Basin countriesSwitzerland
Max. length3.1 km (1.9 mi)
Max. width1.4 km (0.87 mi)
Surface area2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Average depth48 m (157 ft)
Max. depth77 m (253 ft)
Water volume0.14 km3 (110,000 acre⋅ft)
Residence timec. 250 days
Surface elevation1,790.54 m (5,874.5 ft)
SettlementsSils Maria, Silvaplana

Lake Silvaplana (German: Silvaplanersee; Romansh: Lej da Silvaplauna) is a lake in the Upper-Engadine valley of Grisons, Switzerland. It takes its name from the village of Silvaplana. The lake is also connected to the nearby Lej da Champfèr. Together with its larger neighbour, Lake Sils, it is among the largest lakes of the Grisons. Lake Silvaplana is overlooked by several mountains over 3,000 metres, notably Piz Corvatsch, Piz Julier and Piz Surlej. The lake's drainage basin culminates at Piz Corvatsch (3,451 m) and comprises several glaciers, the largest being the Vadret dal Tremoggia.

A campsite is located on the Northern end of the lake. The lake is also used heavily for sports, such as kitesurfing and windsurfing in the summertime. In the winter, once the lake freezes, it is used for cross country skiing, walking trails, and kitesurfing on snow, with the famous Engadin Skimarathon crossing the lake annually. The rare occasion of black ice also brings ice skaters to the lake.

In Ecce Homo, Friedrich Nietzsche recounts the moment he first conceived his idea of the Eternal Recurrence while walking through the woods beside Lake Silvaplana in August 1881.

View from Silvaplana towards Piz Corvatsch (left) and Piz da la Margna (right)

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