Lake of Sainte-Croix

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Lac de Sainte-Croix
Location Var/Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Coordinates 43°45′49″N 6°11′2″E / 43.76361°N 6.18389°E / 43.76361; 6.18389Coordinates: 43°45′49″N 6°11′2″E / 43.76361°N 6.18389°E / 43.76361; 6.18389
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Verdon River
Primary outflows Verdon River
Catchment area 1,591 km2 (614 sq mi)
Basin countries France
Surface area 22 km2 (8.5 sq mi)
Max. depth 93 m (305 ft)
Water volume 760×10^6 m3 (27×10^9 cu ft)
Surface elevation 477 m (1,565 ft)
Settlements Les Salles-sur-Verdon, Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon, Bauduen

The Lake of Sainte-Croix (French: lac de Sainte-Croix) is a man-made lake that was formed by the construction, between 1971 and 1974 (when it was put into service) of a reinforced-concrete arch dam by the name of Dam of Sainte-Croix (fr). The reservoir holds a maximum of 761 million cubic metres of water. The dam, which generates 142 million kWh of electricity per year, is 94 metres high, 7.5 metres thick at its base and 3 metres thick at its crest.

The village that can be seen adjacent to the lake, however, is not the eponymous village of Sainte-Croix-de-Verdon but Les Salles-sur-Verdon. The original village is now completely underwater.

The other villages around the lake are:

Lac de Sainte-Croix

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