List of lakes in the Lake District

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This list contains the lakes, tarns and reservoirs in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England.

Note that only one body of water, Bassenthwaite Lake, is traditionally named a lake.[1] Larger bodies of water in the Lake District are generally named as mere or water, whilst smaller ones are denoted by tarn. Some writers, particularly in the media, refer to Lake Windermere though this use is deprecated.

Physical characteristics of the main lakes[edit]

This table gives details of those bodies of water with a surface area of at least 0.1km².

Name Length (km)[2] Max. width (km)[2] Area (km²)[2] Volume (m³ x 106)[3] Mean depth (m)[2] Max. depth (m)[2] Surface elev. (m) Number of fish species[2][4] Distance from sea (km)[2]
Bassenthwaite Lake 6.2 1.1 5.3 27.7 5.3 19.0 68.0 12 17.45
Blea Water[5] 0.17 0.51 3.1 488 6 25.14
Blelham Tarn[6] 0.67 0.29 0.11 0.7 6.8 14.5 42.0 14 16.01
Brotherswater 0.598 0.432 0.1907 1.2 7.2 15.0 157.0 17 16.77
Burnmoor Tarn[7] 0.24 1.23 5.1 13.0 253 11 19.02
Buttermere 2.0 0.54 0.9 15.1 16.6 28.6 100.3 23 11.01
Cogra Moss[8] 0.16 0.84 5.4 225 17 14.35
Coniston Water 8.7 0.73 4.9 113.4 24.1 56.1 43.6 35 6.08
Crummock Water 4.0 0.85 2.5 66.7 26.7 43.9 97.8 36 10.82
Derwent Water 4.6 1.91 5.4 29.1 5.5 22.0 75.0 14 14.75
Devoke Water[9] 0.34 1.89 5.5 236 15 15.64
Easedale Tarn[10] 0.10 0.53 5.1 282 13 21.66
Elter Water 1.0 0.4 0.1637 0.5 3.3 7.0 53.0 9 19.48
Ennerdale Water 3.8 1.1 3.0 53.5 17.8 42.0 112.2 29 12.2
Esthwaite Water 2.5 0.62 1.0 6.2 6.4 15.5 65.2 14 14.01
Grasmere 1.6 0.6 0.6 4.7 7.7 21.5 63.4 16 14.25
Grisedale Tarn[11] 0.11 1.28 11.6 33.0 538 11 12.04
Haweswater 6.9 0.9 3.9 88.8 23.4 57.0 246.0 27
Hayeswater[12] 0.16 0.30 1.9 426 3
Kentmere Reservoir[13] 0.16 0.78 5.0 297 10
Levers Water[14] 0.14 1.07 7.9 413 17
Loweswater 1.8 0.55 0.6 5.0 8.4 16.0 125.0 18 mesotrophic
Over Water[15] 0.20 0.45 2.3 10.0 188 6
Rydal Water 1.2 0.36 0.3 1.6 4.4 18.0 53.0 9[16] eutrophic/mesotrophic
Seathwaite Tarn[17] 0.24 1.33 5.5 374 14
Tarn Hows[18] 0.14 0.75 5.4 188 13
Thirlmere 6.0 0.78 3.3 50.4 16.1 46.0 178.0 20 oligotrophic
Ullswater 11.8 1.02 8.9 219.7 25.3 63.0 145.0 35 oligotrophic/mesotrophic
Wastwater 4.8 0.82 2.9 110.4 40.2 76.0 61.0 40 oligotrophic
Wet Sleddale Reservoir[19] 0.31 2.33 7.6 277 12
Windermere[20] 16.8 1.6 14.8 314.3 21.25 64.0 39.0 slightly eutrophic
 Windermere (north) 7.0 1.6 8.1 202.1 25.1 64.0 39.0 29 slightly eutrophic
 Windermere (south) 9.8 1.0 6.7 112.2 16.8 42.0 39.0 28 slightly eutrophic

Map of major lakes[edit]

The map shows the locations of the lakes with a volume over 4 x 106 m³ and gives an indication of the volume of water in each lake. The markers suggest this by showing the size of a drop of water where the volume of the drop would be in proportion to the quantity of water in the lake (the diameter of the drop is proportional to the cube root of the lake's volume).[3]

Lakes, tarns and reservoirs[edit]

Former lakes, tarns and reservoirs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bassenthwaite Lake was previously known as either Broadwater or Bastunthwaite Water, according to different sources, but it is no longer known by these names.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g McNamara, Jane, Table of lake facts, Environment Agency of England and Wales, archived from the original on June 28, 2009, retrieved 2007-11-13 
  3. ^ a b "UK Lakes Portal". Environmental Information Platform. NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Retention time is an approximate value for mean retention time
  5. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Blea Water". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  6. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Blelham Tarn". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  7. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Burnmoor Tarn". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  8. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Cogra Moss". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  9. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Devoke Water". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  10. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Easedale Tarn". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  11. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Grisedale Tarn". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  12. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Hayeswater". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  13. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Kentmere Reservoir". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  14. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Levers Water". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  15. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Over Water". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Seathwaite Tarn". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  18. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Tarn Hows". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  19. ^ "UK Lakes Detail - Wet Sleddale Reservoir". Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  20. ^ Overall figures for Windermere derived from the two lake portions listed separately here.
  21. ^ http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/dam-busters-will-put-part-of-cumbria-back-together-1.812084?referrerPath=home[permanent dead link]