List of mountain lakes of Switzerland

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The Alpine lake of Oeschinen, overlooked by the Blüemlisalp and the Doldenhorn

This is a list of high-altitude lakes in Switzerland. It includes all significant lakes, natural or artificial, with an area over 4 hectares and a height over 800 metres above sea level. This height approximately corresponds to the transition between the foothill zone and the montane zone, in the Alps and in the Jura Mountains.[1] Lakes can be found up to elevations of almost 3000 metres, where is the climatic snow line in the Alps. For each lake, the culminating point of the drainage basin is indicated, along with the river basin of which it is part.

For a list of artificial lakes only, see List of dams and reservoirs in Switzerland. For a general list of lakes, see List of lakes of Switzerland.

List of mountain lakes

Lake Canton(s) Elevation in m[2] Area in ha[3] Basin highest point[4] Basin highest elevation in m River basin
Theodulgletschersee Valais 2851 7.76 Theodulhorn 3469 Rhone
Lai d'Immez Graubünden 2832 4.53 Piz d'Immez 3033 Danube
Lej da la Prüna Graubünden 2815 4.03 West of Piz Pischa 3080 Danube
Lej da la Pischa Graubünden 2770 5.05 Piz Pischa 3138 Danube
Chaltwassersee Valais 2756 4.41 Monte Leone 3553 Rhone
Plaine Morte Valais 2752 11.4 Schneehorn 3178 Rhone
Vadret Lagrev Graubünden 2721 6.31 Northeast of Piz Lagrev 3109 Danube
Lai Verd Graubünden 2702 4.50 Piz Gannaretsch 3040 Rhine
Chüebodengletscher Ticino/Valais 2671 6.8 Chüebodenhorn 3070 Rhone
Lac du Grand Désert Valais 2642 5.98 Rosablanche 3336 Rhone
Lac de Lona Valais 2640 6.32 Sasseneire 3254 Rhone
Lej Alv Graubünden 2639 4.19 Piz da Lej Alv 3197 Danube
Lej Sgrischus Graubünden 2616 5.60 South of Piz Corvatsch 3335 Danube
Lej da la Tscheppa Graubünden 2616 7.89 East of Piz Lagrev 3070 Danube
Gornersee Valais 2599 4.13 Monte Rosa 4634 Rhone
Lai Grond Graubünden 2594 6.00 Piz Ela 3339 Rhine
Distelsee Valais 2587 4.95 Ritzberge 2862 Rhone
Glatscher dil Terri Graubünden 2585 18.78 Piz Terri 3149 Rhine
Trützisee Valais 2579 4.41 Löffelhorn 3096 Rhone
Le Louché Valais 2567 5.00 Becs de Bosson 3149 Rhone
Grand Lé Valais 2554 4.06 Monts Telliers 2951 Rhone
Lac des Vaux Valais 2543 11.28 Mont Gelé 3023 Rhone
Jöriseen (east lake) Graubünden 2519 5.69 Flüela Wisshorn 3085 Rhine
Lai Ghiacciato Graubünden 2508 4.02 Piz Ursaregls 2835 Rhine
Lai da Ravais-ch Graubünden 2505 9.12 Piz Murtelet 3019 Rhine
Jöriseen (main lake) Graubünden 2489 9.36 Flüela Wisshorn 3085 Rhine
Lägh dal Lunghin Graubünden 2484 5.16 Piz Grevasalvas 2932 Danube
Schottensee Graubünden 2469 6.15 Gross Seehorn 3122 Rhine
Lägh da la Duana Graubünden 2466 5.86 Piz Duan 3131 Po
Bortelsee Valais 2464 13.65 West of Bortelhorn 2986 Rhone
Lac des Audannes Valais 2453 8.45 Wildhorn 3248 Rhone
Hüenersee Graubünden 2453 4.14 Plattenspitzen 2852 Rhine
Lago Scuro Ticino 2451 7.42 Punta Negra 2714 Rhine
Muttsee Glarus 2446 41.02 Ruchi 3107 Rhine
Laghi d'Orsirora (main lake) Ticino 2444 4.29 Pizzo d'Orsirora 2603 Rhine
Geisspfadsee Valais 2439 11.48 Gross Schinhorn 2939 Rhone
Pizolseen (Wildsee) St. Gallen 2438 6.87 Pizol 2844 Rhine
Lai Blau Graubünden 2409 5.50 East of Piz Lai Blau 2920 Rhine
Tälliseeli Bern 2405 6.33 Steghorn 3146 Rhine
Lai da Rims Graubünden 2396 14.28 Piz Umbrail 3033 Adige
Lago Sfundau Ticino 2392 13.73 Cristallina 2912 Po
Lago Barone Ticino 2391 6.87 Pizzo Barone 2864 Po
Leg Grevalsalvas Graubünden 2390 7.34 Piz Lagrev 3165 Rhine
Lago Nero Ticino 2387 13.34 Pizzo del Ghiacciaio di Sasso Nero 2842 Po
Griessee Valais 2386 63.69 Blinnenhorn 3374 Rhone
Lai da la Scotta Graubünden 2376 8.25 Flüela Schwarzhorn 3146 Rhine
Lac des Dix Valais 2365 399.93 Mont Blanc de Cheilon 3870 Rhone
Triebtenseewli Bern 2365 9.66 Gross Sidelhorn 2879 Rhine
Laghi Chiera (main lake) Ticino 2361 9.55 Pizzo del Sole 2773 Po
Ober Meretschisee Valais 2361 4.24 Bella Tola 3025 Rhone
Illsee Valais 2360 20.89 Rothorn 2998 Rhone
Märjelen-Stausee Valais 2360 6.32 North of Strahlhorn 3050 Rhone
Lago dello Stabbio Ticino 2351 8.36 Pizzo Taneda 2668 Po
Gross See Uri 2337 4.30 East of Spitzli 2700 Rhine
Gruebengletscher Bern 2334 8.26 Hiendertelltihorn 3179 Rhine
Vadret da Palü Graubünden 2322 8.2 Piz Palü 3901 Po
Lago del Narèt Ticino 2310 73.16 Cristallina 2912 Po
Lago dei Cavagnöö Ticino 2310 47.64 Marchhorn 2962 Po
Unter Meretschisee Valais 2307 4.33 Bella Tola 3025 Rhone
Oberaarsee Bern 2303 162.69 Oberaarhorn 3631 Rhine
Lago di Dentro Ticino 2298 6.47 West of Schenadüi 2678 Po
Lämmerensee Valais 2296 6.74 South of Rote Totz 2829 Rhine
Albulasee Graubünden 2294 4.2 Piz Üertsch 3267 Danube
Lago d'Orsino Ticino 2286 4.41 Southwest of Pizzo d'Orsino 2629 Rhine
Ober Surettasee Graubünden 2266 5.49 Äussere Schwarzhörner 2855 Rhine
Bachalpsee Bern 2265 8.03 Reeti 2757 Rhine
Lago di Morghirolo Ticino 2264 12.16 Tre Corni 2953 Po
Lago della Sella Ticino 2256 45.08 Pizzo Centrale 2999 Po
Lac de Moiry Valais 2249 130.96 North of Grand Cornier 3845 Rhone
Lago Bianco Graubünden 2234 143.19 Piz Cambrena 3606 Po
Lej Nair Graubünden 2223 8.72 West of Piz Lagalb 2840 Danube
Lac de Louvie Valais 2214 11.39 Mont Fort 3329 Rhone
Daubensee Valais 2205 63.83 Rinderhorn 3448 Rhine
Lac du Vieux Emosson Valais 2205 54.56 Pointe de la Finive 2838 Rhone
Mattmarksee Valais 2197 174.14 Rimpfischhorn 4199 Rhone
Laghetti d'Antabia (main lake) Ticino 2189 7.93 Pizzo Solögna 2698 Po
Lac de Cleuson Valais 2186 47.89 Rosablanche 3336 Rhone
Turtmannsee Valais 2177 9.84 Bishorn 4153 Rhone
Tschawinersee Valais 2174 6.45 Tschawinerhorn 2496 Po
Lägh da l'Albigna Graubünden 2163 125.81 Cima di Castello 3379 Po
Lej da Vadret Graubünden 2160 42.9 Piz Roseg 3937 Danube
Totensee Valais 2160 19.35 Sidelhorn 2764 Rhone
Lago di Val Viola Graubünden 2159 8.39 Piz Paradisin 3302 Po
Lago della Crosa Ticino 2153 17.37 Pizzo Fiorèra 2921 Po
Gauligletscher Bern 2146 28.3 Bärglistock 3656 Rhine
Lago di Lucendro Ticino 2135 54.27 Pizzo Lucendro 2963 Rhine
Lac de Fully Valais 2128 20.39 Dent de Morcles 2969 Rhone
Lago Superiore Ticino 2128 8.51 Pizzo del Lago Scuro 2648 Po
Laghi della Crosa (east lake) Ticino 2116 9.03 Pizzo Fiorèra 2921 Po
Clariden Gletschersee Uri 2098 7.8 Clariden 3267 Rhine
Chummibort Valais 2097 4.81 Helsenhorn 3272 Rhone
Lago di Sassolo Ticino 2074 5.56 Pizzo del Lago Scuro 2648 Po
Iffigsee Bern 2065 10.19 Wildhorn 3248 Rhine
Laghetto Moesola Graubünden 2062 5.73 East of Marscholhorn 2660 Po
Seewlisee Uri 2028 8.69 Gross Windgällen 3187 Rhine
Oberalpsee Uri 2027 18.59 Piz Tiarms 2918 Rhine
Lac de Sanetsch Valais 2024 28.42 Arpelistock 3036 Rhine
Lago di Tom Ticino 2022 9.26 South of Punta Negra 2688 Po
Bettmersee Valais 2009 6.10 Hohbalm 2431 Rhone
Lago di Mognola Ticino 2003 5.87 Tre Corni 2953 Po
Tannensee Obwalden 1976 33.96 Rotsandnollen 2700 Rhine
Lac de Mauvoisin Valais 1961 225.57 Grand Combin 4314 Rhone
Lai da Curnera Graubünden 1956 79.39 Piz Blas 3019 Rhine
Lago di Robièi Ticino 1940 24.61 Pizzo dell'Arzo 2755 Po
Lago del Zött Ticino 1940 14.83 Basòdino 3272 Po
Sägistalsee Bern 1937 7.25 Winteregg 2573 Rhine
Steinsee Bern 1932 11.64 Sustenhorn 3503 Rhine
Lago di Lei Graubünden 1931 404.51 Piz Timun 3209 Rhine
Lac d'Emosson Valais 1930 321.44 Tour Sallière 3220 Rhone
Lac de Salanfe Valais 1925 179.56 Dents du Midi 3257 Rhone
Lago Palü Graubünden 1923 5.36 Piz Palü 3901 Po
Lago Cadagno Ticino 1921 26.28 Pizzo Taneda 2668 Po
Lai da Palpuogna Graubünden 1918 4.93 Igl Compass 3016 Rhine
Grimselsee Bern 1908 268.80 Finsteraarhorn 4274 Rhine
Lai da Sontga Maria Graubünden/Ticino 1908 177.35 Scopi 3190 Rhine
Lai da Nalps Graubünden 1908 90.12 Piz Gannaretsch 3040 Rhine
Lägh da Cavloc Graubünden 1907 10.08 Cima da Murtaira 2858 Po
Eisee Obwalden 1896 4.50 East of Brienzer Rothorn 2260 Rhine
Melchsee Obwalden 1891 50.70 Rotsandnollen 2700 Rhine
Mattenalpsee Bern 1876 18.64 Bärglistock 3656 Rhine
Zervreilasee Graubünden 1862 156.48 Rheinwaldhorn 3402 Rhine
Limmernsee Glarus 1857 134.03 Bifertenstock 3419 Rhine
Glattalpsee Schwyz 1855 27.65 Ortstock 2717 Rhine
Lago d'Alzasca Ticino 1855 10.77 Pizzo Molinera 2292 Po
Engstlensee Bern 1851 45.95 Wendenstock 3042 Rhine
Lago Tremorgio Ticino 1851 39.84 Pizzo Campolungo 2713 Po
Lago Ritom Ticino 1850 146.17 Pizzo del Sole 2773 Po
Gelmersee Bern 1850 61.70 Diechterhorn 3389 Rhine
Lac Lioson Vaud 1848 6.59 Châtillon 2478 Rhone
Spilauersee Uri 1837 5.15 Rossstock 2461 Rhine
Seebergsee Bern 1831 5.75 Muntiggalm 2077 Rhine
Ober Murgsee St. Gallen 1820 19.67 Gufelstock 2436 Rhine
Sachsler Seefeld Obwalden 1819 5.32 Abgschütz 2263 Rhine
Lac des Toules Valais 1810 59.92 Mont Vélan 3727 Rhone
Lej da Staz Graubünden 1809 4.19 La Crasta 2012 Danube
Lago di Livigno Graubünden 1805 461.47 Piz Paradisin 3302 Danube
Lake Sils Graubünden 1797 410.09 Piz Fora 3363 Danube
Göscheneralpsee Uri 1792 130.46 Dammastock 3630 Rhine
Lake Silvaplana Graubünden 1790 317.99 Piz Corvatsch 3451 Danube
Lac de Bretaye Vaud 1780 4.47 Le Chamossaire 2112 Rhone
Lac de Tseuzier Valais 1777 82.96 Wildhorn 3248 Rhone
Lake St. Moritz Graubünden 1768 74.92 Piz Corvatsch 3451 Danube
Räterichsbodensee Bern 1767 65.77 Finsteraarhorn 4274 Rhine
Trüebsee Nidwalden 1764 27.11 Titlis 3238 Rhine
Lago di Chironico Ticino 1763 15.38 Cima Bianca 2612 Po
Obersee Graubünden 1734 7.98 Tschuggen 2049 Rhine
Lago di Tomeo Ticino 1692 6.04 Monte Zucchero 2735 Po
Lac des Chavonnes Vaud 1692 4.90 Chaux Ronde 2028 Rhone
Lai da Marmorera Graubünden 1680 136.95 Piz d'Agnel 3204 Rhine
Oberstockensee Bern 1665 11.80 Stockhorn 2190 Rhine
Triftsee Bern 1640 21.7 West of the Eggstock 3485 Rhine
Hüfisee Uri 1636 5.75 Schärhorn 3295 Rhine
Lac de Lovenex Valais 1632 4.81 Mont Gardy 2201 Rhone
Lai da Ova Spin Graubünden 1630 35.12 Piz Paradisin 3302 Danube
Garichtisee Glarus 1622 15.30 Chli Chärpf 2700 Rhine
Grosssee St. Gallen 1618 4.52 Leist 2222 Rhine
Lago di Luzzone Ticino 1606 140.14 Piz Terri 3149 Po
Stausee Isel Graubünden 1606 8.49 Aroser Rothorn 2980 Rhine
Lago d'Isola Graubünden 1604 36.33 Zapporthorn 3152 Po
Hinterstockensee Bern 1595 7.93 Stockhorn 2190 Rhine
Bannalpsee Nidwalden 1586 15.76 Ruchstock 2814 Rhine
Oeschinen Lake Bern 1578 114.70 Blüemlisalp 3661 Rhine
Lake Davos Graubünden 1560 57.21 Weissfluhjoch 2693 Rhine
Arnensee Bern 1542 44.99 Arnenhorn 2211 Rhine
Hinterburgsee Bern 1516 4.50 Axalphorn 2321 Rhine
Heidsee Graubünden 1484 26.13 West of Parpaner Rothorn 2861 Rhine
Lac de Champex Valais 1466 11.23 Pointe d'Orny 3271 Rhone
Lago del Sambuco Ticino 1461 110.91 Cristallina 2912 Po
Lag da Pigniu Graubünden 1450 39.00 Hausstock 3158 Rhine
Lac de Derborence Valais 1449 4.32 Diablerets 3210 Rhone
Fälensee Appenzell Innerrhoden 1446 14.57 Altmann 2435 Rhine
Stausee Gibidum Valais 1436 20.45 Aletschhorn 4193 Rhone
Etang de la Moubra Valais 1425 5.08 Crans-Montana 1522 Rhone
Spaneggsee Glarus 1425 4.81 Mürtschenstock 2441 Rhine
Oberblegisee Glarus 1422 16.63 Glärnisch 2915 Rhine
Golzernsee Uri 1409 6.10 Schwarz Stöckli 2614 Rhine
Lac de Taney Valais 1408 15.80 Cornettes de Bise 2432 Rhone
Waldisee Schwyz 1406 5.31 Sangigrat 2279 Rhine
Sufnersee Graubünden 1401 82.31 Rheinwaldhorn 3402 Rhine
Lac du Godet Valais 1401 4.90 East of Tour St-Martin 2726 Rhone
Lauenensee Bern 1381 8.77 Wildhorn 3248 Rhine
Arnisee Uri 1370 4.64 Grüenwald 1558 Rhine
Gigerwaldsee St. Gallen 1335 68.95 Ringelspitz 3247 Rhine
Stausee Ferden Valais 1311 10.69 Bietschhorn 3934 Rhone
Lai Runcahez Graubünden 1277 5.48 Piz Vial 3168 Rhine
Lago di Cama Graubünden 1265 14.07 Pizzo Paglia 2593 Po
Lac de l'Hongrin Vaud 1255 155.30 West of Tour de Famelon 2194 Rhine
Lag da Breil Graubünden 1255 6.27 Bifertenstock 3419 Rhine
Speichersee Mattsand Valais 1230 4.41 Monte Rosa 4634 Rhone
Sämtisersee Appenzell Innerrhoden 1209 18.19 Altmann 2435 Rhine
Pradellasee Graubünden 1144 8.00 Piz Bernina 4049 Danube
Seealpsee Appenzell Innerrhoden 1141 13.33 Säntis 2502 Rhine
Bacino di Airolo Ticino 1130 4.78 Pizzo Rotondo 3192 Po
Voralpsee St. Gallen 1123 15.46 Gamsberg 2384 Rhine
Lai Burvagn Graubünden 1117 4.75 Piz Calderas 3397 Rhine
Stausee Bärenburg Graubünden 1080 6.78 Rheinwaldhorn 3402 Rhine
Schwarzsee Fribourg 1046 45.38 Schopfenspitz 2104 Rhine
Lac des Taillères Neuchâtel 1040 45.86 Crêt du Cervelet 1307 Rhine
Chapfensee St. Gallen 1030 9.44 East of Loschopf 1810 Rhine
Lac de Joux Vaud 1004 876.50 Mont Tendre 1679 Rhine
Lac Brenet Vaud 1002 64.65 Mont Tendre 1679 Rhine
Etang de la Gruère Jura 998 8.11 Le Chaumont 1088 Rhine
Caumasee Graubünden 997 10.32 Runca Sura (above Flims) 1300 Rhine
Bacino di Val Malvaglia Ticino 990 17.30 Rheinwaldhorn 3402 Po
Eugenisee Obwalden 990 5.44 Titlis 3238 Rhine
Obersee Glarus 982 21.85 Redertenstock 2295 Rhine
Lago di Poschiavo Graubünden 962 194.46 Piz Palü 3901 Po
Wägitalersee Schwyz 900 415.27 Redertenstock 2295 Rhine
Sihlsee Schwyz 889 1068.28 Druesberg 2282 Rhine
Stausee Mapragg St. Gallen 865 23.25 Ringelspitz 3247 Rhine
Lac du Vernex Vaud 859 27.97 Wildhorn 3248 Rhine
Klöntalersee Glarus 847 318.46 Glärnisch 2914 Rhine
Crestasee Graubünden 844 4.39 Flims Waldhaus 1100 Rhine
Wenigerweier St. Gallen 838 4.06 Horst 1084 Rhine
Stausee Solis Graubünden 824 17.75 Piz Kesch 3418 Rhine
Lac de Montsalvens Fribourg 801[5] 66.26 Vanil Noir 2389 Rhine

Distribution of mountain lakes by canton

Distribution of the lakes over 4 ha by canton and altitude
Canton 800-1199m 1200-
1599m
1600-
1999m
2000-
2399m
2400m+ Total (800m+)
Appenzell I. 1 2 0 0 0 3
Bern 0 5 10 6 1 22
Fribourg 2 0 0 0 0 2
Glarus 2 2 2 0 1 7
Graubünden 7 7 18 12 19 63
Jura 1 0 0 0 0 1
Neuchâtel 1 0 0 0 0 1
Nidwalden 0 1 1 0 0 2
Obwalden 1 0 4 0 0 5
Schwyz 2 1 1 0 0 4
St. Gallen 4 1 2 0 1 8
Ticino 2 1 10 19 3 35
Uri 0 2 3 4 0 9
Valais 0 8 6 20 15 49
Vaud 3 1 3 0 0 7
Switzerland 26 31 59 61 39 216

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Zone altitudinali di vegetazione". Ticino.ch. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  2. ^ Maximum elevation. Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps (1:25,000)
  3. ^ VECTOR25 Primary surfaces (Swisstopo) [1] (areas with one decimal were retrieved from Google Earth)
  4. ^ Topographical catchment areas of Swiss waterbodies (Federal Office for the Environment FOEN) [2]. This corresponds in most cases to the highest mountain overlooking the lake. Basin highest points that are over 10 kilometres from the lake are indicated in italics.
  5. ^ "Niveau des lacs". Groupe E SA. Retrieved 2014-06-26.

External links

  • Mountain lakes (MySwitzerland.com)
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