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Schaalsee im Morgendunst.jpg
Location Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Coordinates 53°35′25″N 10°54′52″E / 53.59028°N 10.91444°E / 53.59028; 10.91444Coordinates: 53°35′25″N 10°54′52″E / 53.59028°N 10.91444°E / 53.59028; 10.91444
Primary outflows Schaalsee-Kanal, Schaale
Catchment area 180 km2 (69 sq mi)
Basin countries Germany
Surface area 23.5 km2 (9.1 sq mi)
Average depth 17 m (56 ft)
Max. depth 71.5 m (235 ft)
Residence time 5 to 10 years
Surface elevation 35 m (115 ft)
Islands (Kampenwerder, Stintenburginsel, Rethwiese)
Settlements Zarrentin, Seedorf

Schaalsee is a 24 km2 (9.3 sq mi) lake in Germany. It forms part of the border between Schleswig-Holstein (district Herzogtum Lauenburg) and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (districts Ludwigslust-Parchim and Nordwestmecklenburg). The town of Zarrentin is located on its southern shores. Other municipalities on the lake are Seedorf, Sterley, Salem, Kittlitz and Kneese.

It was declared a biosphere reserve in 2000 (309 km²).

Schaalsee in Zarrentin

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