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LocationCanton of Lucerne
Coordinates47°04′11″N 8°18′51″E / 47.06972°N 8.31417°E / 47.06972; 8.31417Coordinates: 47°04′11″N 8°18′51″E / 47.06972°N 8.31417°E / 47.06972; 8.31417
Primary outflowsRon
Basin countriesSwitzerland
Max. length2.5 km (1.6 mi)
Max. width0.3 km (0.19 mi)
Surface area0.48 km2 (0.19 sq mi)
Max. depth16 m (52 ft)
Surface elevation419 m (1,375 ft)
SettlementsLucerne, Ebikon

The Rotsee is a natural rowing lake on the northern edge of Lucerne, Switzerland. It is 2,400 metres (7,900 ft) long with virtually no current and protected from winds by nearby hills making it an ideal rowing venue.

The first regatta was hosted here in 1933 and since been the venue of a large number of international rowing events. European Rowing Championships were held here in 1934 and 1947.[1][2] The inaugural World Rowing Championships were held in 1962.

The lake is the venue for the final leg of the World Rowing Cup series. When a World Championships is also being held in Lucerne (as happened in 2001) then no World Cup race is held on the lake.


  1. ^ "Event Information". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Event Information". International Rowing Federation. Retrieved 30 June 2018.

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