Lake of Sainte-Croix

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Lac de Sainte-Croix
Lac de Ste-Croix Les Salles.jpg
Lac de Sainte-Croix is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Lac de Sainte-Croix
Lac de Sainte-Croix
LocationVar/Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Coordinates43°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
Typereservoir
Primary inflowsVerdon River
Primary outflowsVerdon River
Catchment area1,591 km2 (614 sq mi)
Basin countriesFrance
Surface area22 km2 (8.5 sq mi)
Max. depth93 m (305 ft)
Water volume760×10^6 m3 (27×10^9 cu ft)
Surface elevation477 m (1,565 ft)
SettlementsLes 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]. It is fed by the Verdon river, at the outlet of the Verdon Gorge. 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 Les Salles-sur-Verdon stands by the lake; it was rebuilt on the shore after the original village was destroyed to make room for the reservoir. Other villages around the lake are Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon and Bauduen.

Lake of Sainte-Croix seen from the outlet of the Verdon Gorge


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