List of mountain lakes of Switzerland

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The Alpine lake of Oeschinen, overlooked by the Bluemlisalp and the Doldenhorn 20190725 Oeschinensee-Panorama, Kandersteg (06540-42 stitch).jpg
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.

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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.

Distribution of mountain lakes by canton

Distribution of the lakes over 4 ha by canton and altitude
Canton800-1199m1200-
1599m
1600-
1999m
2000-
2399m
2400m+Total (800m+)
Appenzell I. 120003
Bern 05106122
Fribourg 200002
Glarus 222017
Graubünden 7718122064
Jura 100001
Neuchâtel 100001
Nidwalden 011002
Obwalden 104005
Schwyz 211004
St. Gallen 412018
Ticino 211019335
Uri 023409
Valais 086201549
Vaud 313007
Switzerland2631596140217

Main list

LakeCanton(s)Elevation in m [2] Area in ha [3] Basin highest point [4] Basin highest elevation in mRiver basin
Theodulgletschersee Valais 28517.76 Theodulhorn 3469 Rhone
Lai d'Immez Graubünden 28324.53Piz d'Immez3033 Danube
Lej da la Prüna Graubünden 28154.03West of Piz Pischa3080 Danube
Lej da la Pischa Graubünden 27705.05Piz Pischa3138 Danube
Chaltwassersee Valais 27564.41 Monte Leone 3553 Rhone
Plaine Morte Valais 275211.4 Schneehorn 3178 Rhone
Vadret Lagrev Graubünden 27216.31Northeast of Piz Lagrev 3109 Danube
Lai Verd Graubünden 27024.50 Piz Gannaretsch 3040 Rhine
Chüebodengletscher Ticino/Valais 26716.8 Chüebodenhorn 3070 Rhone
Lac du Grand Désert Valais 26425.98 Rosablanche 3336 Rhone
Lac de Lona Valais 26406.32 Sasseneire 3254 Rhone
Lej Alv Graubünden 26394.19Piz da Lej Alv3197 Danube
Lej Sgrischus Graubünden 26165.60South of Piz Corvatsch 3335 Danube
Lej da la Tscheppa Graubünden 26167.89East of Piz Lagrev 3070 Danube
Gornersee Valais 25994.13 Monte Rosa 4634 Rhone
Lai Grond Graubünden 25946.00 Piz Ela 3339 Rhine
Distelsee Valais 25874.95Ritzberge2862 Rhone
Laghet la Greina Graubünden 258518.78 Piz Terri 3149 Rhine
Trützisee Valais 25794.41 Löffelhorn 3096 Rhone
Le Louché Valais 25675.00 Becs de Bosson 3149 Rhone
Grand Lé Valais 25544.06 Monts Telliers 2951 Rhone
Lac des Vaux Valais 254311.28 Mont Gelé 3023 Rhone
Lej Alv Graubünden 25435.23 Piz Nair 3056 Danube
Jöriseen (east lake) Graubünden 25195.69 Flüela Wisshorn 3085 Rhine
Lai Ghiacciato Graubünden 25084.02Piz Ursaregls2835 Rhine
Lai da Ravais-ch Graubünden 25059.12Piz Murtelet3019 Rhine
Jöriseen (main lake) Graubünden 24899.36 Flüela Wisshorn 3085 Rhine
Lägh dal Lunghin Graubünden 24845.16 Piz Grevasalvas 2932 Danube
Schottensee Graubünden 24696.15 Gross Seehorn 3122 Rhine
Lägh da la Duana Graubünden 24665.86 Piz Duan 3131 Po
Bortelsee Valais 246413.65West of Bortelhorn 2986 Rhone
Lac des Audannes Valais 24538.45 Wildhorn 3248 Rhone
Hüenersee Graubünden 24534.14Plattenspitzen2852 Rhine
Lago Scuro Ticino 24517.42Punta Negra2714 Rhine
Muttsee Glarus 244641.02 Ruchi 3107 Rhine
Laghi d'Orsirora (main lake) Ticino 24444.29Pizzo d'Orsirora2603 Rhine
Geisspfadsee Valais 243911.48 Gross Schinhorn 2939 Rhone
Pizolseen (Wildsee) St. Gallen 24386.87 Pizol 2844 Rhine
Lai Blau Graubünden 24095.50East of Piz Lai Blau2920 Rhine
Tälliseeli Bern 24056.33 Steghorn 3146 Rhine
Lai da Rims Graubünden 239614.28 Piz Umbrail 3033 Adige
Lago Sfundau Ticino 239213.73 Cristallina 2912 Po
Lago Barone Ticino 23916.87 Pizzo Barone 2864 Po
Leg Grevalsalvas Graubünden 23907.34 Piz Lagrev 3165 Rhine
Lago Nero Ticino 238713.34Pizzo del Ghiacciaio di Sasso Nero2842 Po
Griessee Valais 238663.69 Blinnenhorn 3374 Rhone
Lai da la Scotta Graubünden 23768.25 Flüela Schwarzhorn 3146 Rhine
Lac des Dix Valais 2365399.93 Mont Blanc de Cheilon 3870 Rhone
Triebtenseewli Bern 23659.66 Gross Sidelhorn 2879 Rhine
Laghi Chiera (main lake) Ticino 23619.55 Pizzo del Sole 2773 Po
Ober Meretschisee Valais 23614.24 Bella Tola 3025 Rhone
Illsee Valais 236020.89Rothorn2998 Rhone
Märjelen-Stausee Valais 23606.32North of Strahlhorn 3050 Rhone
Lago dello Stabbio Ticino 23518.36 Pizzo Taneda 2668 Po
Gross See Uri 23374.30East of Spitzli2700 Rhine
Gruebengletscher Bern 23348.26 Hiendertelltihorn 3179 Rhine
Vadret da Palü Graubünden 23228.2 Piz Palü 3901 Po
Lago del Narèt Ticino 231073.16 Cristallina 2912 Po
Lago dei Cavagnöö Ticino 231047.64 Marchhorn 2962 Po
Unter Meretschisee Valais 23074.33 Bella Tola 3025 Rhone
Oberaarsee Bern 2303162.69 Oberaarhorn 3631 Rhine
Lago di Dentro Ticino 22986.47West of Schenadüi 2678 Po
Lämmerensee Valais 22966.74South of Rote Totz2829 Rhine
Albulasee Graubünden 22944.2 Piz Üertsch 3267 Danube
Lago d'Orsino Ticino 22864.41Southwest of Pizzo d'Orsino2629 Rhine
Ober Surettasee Graubünden 22665.49Äussere Schwarzhörner2855 Rhine
Bachalpsee Bern 22658.03 Reeti 2757 Rhine
Lago di Morghirolo Ticino 226412.16Tre Corni2953 Po
Lago della Sella Ticino 225645.08 Pizzo Centrale 2999 Po
Lac de Moiry Valais 2249130.96North of Grand Cornier 3845 Rhone
Lago Bianco Graubünden 2234143.19 Piz Cambrena 3606 Po
Lej Nair Graubünden 22238.72West of Piz Lagalb 2840 Danube
Lac de Louvie Valais 221411.39 Mont Fort 3329 Rhone
Daubensee Valais 220563.83 Rinderhorn 3448 Rhine
Lac du Vieux Emosson Valais 220554.56 Pointe de la Finive 2838 Rhone
Mattmarksee Valais 2197174.14 Rimpfischhorn 4199 Rhone
Laghetti d'Antabia (main lake) Ticino 21897.93 Pizzo Solögna 2698 Po
Lac de Cleuson Valais 218647.89 Rosablanche 3336 Rhone
Turtmannsee Valais 21779.84 Bishorn 4153 Rhone
Tschawinersee Valais 21746.45Tschawinerhorn2496 Po
Lägh da l'Albigna Graubünden 2163125.81 Cima di Castello 3379 Po
Lej da Vadret Graubünden 216042.9 Piz Roseg 3937 Danube
Totensee Valais 216019.35 Sidelhorn 2764 Rhone
Lago di Val Viola Graubünden 21598.39 Piz Paradisin 3302 Po
Lago della Crosa Ticino 215317.37 Pizzo Fiorèra 2921 Po
Gauligletscher Bern 214628.3 Bärglistock 3656 Rhine
Lago di Lucendro Ticino 213554.27 Pizzo Lucendro 2963 Rhine
Lac de Fully Valais 212820.39 Dent de Morcles 2969 Rhone
Lago Superiore Ticino 21288.51Pizzo del Lago Scuro2648 Po
Laghi della Crosa (east lake) Ticino 21169.03 Pizzo Fiorèra 2921 Po
Clariden Gletschersee Uri 20987.8 Clariden 3267 Rhine
Chummibort Valais 20974.81 Helsenhorn 3272 Rhone
Lago di Sassolo Ticino 20745.56Pizzo del Lago Scuro2648 Po
Iffigsee Bern 206510.19 Wildhorn 3248 Rhine
Laghetto Moesola Graubünden 20625.73East of Marscholhorn 2660 Po
Seewlisee Uri 20288.69 Gross Windgällen 3187 Rhine
Oberalpsee Uri 202718.59 Piz Tiarms 2918 Rhine
Lac de Sanetsch Valais 202428.42 Arpelistock 3036 Rhine
Lago di Tom Ticino 20229.26South of Punta Negra2688 Po
Bettmersee Valais 20096.10Hohbalm2431 Rhone
Lago di Mognola Ticino 20035.87Tre Corni2953 Po
Tannensee Obwalden 197633.96 Rotsandnollen 2700 Rhine
Lac de Mauvoisin Valais 1961225.57 Grand Combin 4314 Rhone
Lai da Curnera Graubünden 195679.39 Piz Blas 3019 Rhine
Lago di Robièi Ticino 194024.61 Pizzo dell'Arzo 2755 Po
Lago del Zött Ticino 194014.83 Basòdino 3272 Po
Sägistalsee Bern 19377.25Winteregg2573 Rhine
Steinsee Bern 193211.64 Sustenhorn 3503 Rhine
Lago di Lei Graubünden 1931404.51 Piz Timun 3209 Rhine
Lac d'Emosson Valais 1930321.44 Tour Sallière 3220 Rhone
Lac de Salanfe Valais 1925179.56 Dents du Midi 3257 Rhone
Lago Palü Graubünden 19235.36 Piz Palü 3901 Po
Lago Cadagno Ticino 192126.28 Pizzo Taneda 2668 Po
Lai da Palpuogna Graubünden 19184.93Igl Compass3016 Rhine
Grimselsee Bern 1908268.80 Finsteraarhorn 4274 Rhine
Lai da Sontga Maria Graubünden/Ticino 1908177.35 Scopi 3190 Rhine
Lai da Nalps Graubünden 190890.12 Piz Gannaretsch 3040 Rhine
Lägh da Cavloc Graubünden 190710.08 Cima da Murtaira 2858 Po
Eisee Obwalden 18964.50East of Brienzer Rothorn 2260 Rhine
Melchsee Obwalden 189150.70 Rotsandnollen 2700 Rhine
Mattenalpsee Bern 187618.64 Bärglistock 3656 Rhine
Zervreilasee Graubünden 1862156.48 Rheinwaldhorn 3402 Rhine
Limmernsee Glarus 1857134.03 Bifertenstock 3419 Rhine
Glattalpsee Schwyz 185527.65 Ortstock 2717 Rhine
Lago d'Alzasca Ticino 185510.77 Pizzo Molinera 2292 Po
Engstlensee Bern 185145.95 Wendenstock 3042 Rhine
Lago Tremorgio Ticino 185139.84 Pizzo Campolungo 2713 Po
Lago Ritom Ticino 1850146.17 Pizzo del Sole 2773 Po
Gelmersee Bern 185061.70 Diechterhorn 3389 Rhine
Lac Lioson Vaud 18486.59Châtillon2478 Rhone
Spilauersee Uri 18375.15 Rossstock 2461 Rhine
Seebergsee Bern 18315.75Muntiggalm2077 Rhine
Ober Murgsee St. Gallen 182019.67 Gufelstock 2436 Rhine
Sachsler Seefeld Obwalden 18195.32Abgschütz2263 Rhine
Lac des Toules Valais 181059.92 Mont Vélan 3727 Rhone
Lej da Staz Graubünden 18094.19La Crasta2012 Danube
Lago di Livigno Graubünden 1805461.47 Piz Paradisin 3302 Danube
Lake Sils Graubünden 1797410.09 Piz Fora 3363 Danube
Göscheneralpsee Uri 1792130.46 Dammastock 3630 Rhine
Lake Silvaplana Graubünden 1790317.99 Piz Corvatsch 3451 Danube
Lac de Bretaye Vaud 17804.47 Le Chamossaire 2112 Rhone
Lac de Tseuzier Valais 177782.96 Wildhorn 3248 Rhone
Lake St. Moritz Graubünden 176874.92 Piz Corvatsch 3451 Danube
Räterichsbodensee Bern 176765.77 Finsteraarhorn 4274 Rhine
Trüebsee Nidwalden 176427.11 Titlis 3238 Rhine
Lago di Chironico Ticino 176315.38 Cima Bianca 2612 Po
Obersee Graubünden 17347.98 Tschuggen 2049 Rhine
Lago di Tomeo Ticino 16926.04 Monte Zucchero 2735 Po
Lac des Chavonnes Vaud 16924.90 Chaux Ronde 2028 Rhone
Lai da Marmorera Graubünden 1680136.95 Piz d'Agnel 3204 Rhine
Oberstockensee Bern 166511.80 Stockhorn 2190 Rhine
Triftsee Bern 164021.7West of the Eggstock 3485 Rhine
Hüfisee Uri 16365.75 Schärhorn 3295 Rhine
Lac de Lovenex Valais 16324.81Mont Gardy2201 Rhone
Lai da Ova Spin Graubünden 163035.12 Piz Paradisin 3302 Danube
Garichtisee Glarus 162215.30 Chli Chärpf 2700 Rhine
Grosssee St. Gallen 16184.52Leist2222 Rhine
Lago di Luzzone Ticino 1606140.14 Piz Terri 3149 Po
Stausee Isel Graubünden 16068.49 Aroser Rothorn 2980 Rhine
Lago d'Isola Graubünden 160436.33 Zapporthorn 3152 Po
Hinterstockensee Bern 15957.93 Stockhorn 2190 Rhine
Bannalpsee Nidwalden 158615.76 Ruchstock 2814 Rhine
Oeschinen Lake Bern 1578114.70 Blüemlisalp 3661 Rhine
Lake Davos Graubünden 156057.21 Weissfluhjoch 2693 Rhine
Arnensee Bern 154244.99 Arnenhorn 2211 Rhine
Hinterburgsee Bern 15164.50Axalphorn2321 Rhine
Heidsee Graubünden 148426.13West of Parpaner Rothorn 2861 Rhine
Lac de Champex Valais 146611.23 Pointe d'Orny 3271 Rhone
Lago del Sambuco Ticino 1461110.91 Cristallina 2912 Po
Lag da Pigniu Graubünden 145039.00 Hausstock 3158 Rhine
Lac de Derborence Valais 14494.32 Diablerets 3210 Rhone
Fälensee Appenzell Innerrhoden 144614.57 Altmann 2435 Rhine
Stausee Gibidum Valais 143620.45 Aletschhorn 4193 Rhone
Etang de la Moubra Valais 14255.08 Crans-Montana 1522 Rhone
Spaneggsee Glarus 14254.81 Mürtschenstock 2441 Rhine
Oberblegisee Glarus 142216.63 Glärnisch 2915 Rhine
Golzernsee Uri 14096.10Schwarz Stöckli2614 Rhine
Lac de Taney Valais 140815.80 Cornettes de Bise 2432 Rhone
Waldisee Schwyz 14065.31Sangigrat2279 Rhine
Sufnersee Graubünden 140182.31 Rheinwaldhorn 3402 Rhine
Lac du Godet Valais 14014.90East of Tour St-Martin2726 Rhone
Lauenensee Bern 13818.77 Wildhorn 3248 Rhine
Arnisee Uri 13704.64Grüenwald1558 Rhine
Gigerwaldsee St. Gallen 133568.95 Ringelspitz 3247 Rhine
Stausee Ferden Valais 131110.69 Bietschhorn 3934 Rhone
Lai Runcahez Graubünden 12775.48 Piz Vial 3168 Rhine
Lago di Cama Graubünden 126514.07 Pizzo Paglia 2593 Po
Lac de l'Hongrin Vaud 1255155.30West of Tour de Famelon 2194 Rhine
Lag da Breil Graubünden 12556.27 Bifertenstock 3419 Rhine
Speichersee Mattsand Valais 12304.41 Monte Rosa 4634 Rhone
Sämtisersee Appenzell Innerrhoden 120918.19 Altmann 2435 Rhine
Pradellasee Graubünden 11448.00 Piz Bernina 4049 Danube
Seealpsee Appenzell Innerrhoden 114113.33 Säntis 2502 Rhine
Bacino di Airolo Ticino 11304.78 Pizzo Rotondo 3192 Po
Voralpsee St. Gallen 112315.46 Gamsberg 2384 Rhine
Lai Burvagn Graubünden 11174.75 Piz Calderas 3397 Rhine
Stausee Bärenburg Graubünden 10806.78 Rheinwaldhorn 3402 Rhine
Schwarzsee Fribourg 104645.38 Schopfenspitz 2104 Rhine
Lac des Taillères Neuchâtel 104045.86 Crêt du Cervelet 1307 Rhine
Chapfensee St. Gallen 10309.44East of Loschopf1810 Rhine
Lac de Joux Vaud 1004876.50 Mont Tendre 1679 Rhine
Lac Brenet Vaud 100264.65 Mont Tendre 1679 Rhine
Etang de la Gruère Jura 9988.11Le Chaumont1088 Rhine
Caumasee Graubünden 99710.32Runca Sura (above Flims)1300 Rhine
Bacino di Val Malvaglia Ticino 99017.30 Rheinwaldhorn 3402 Po
Eugenisee Obwalden 9905.44 Titlis 3238 Rhine
Obersee Glarus 98221.85 Redertenstock 2295 Rhine
Lago di Poschiavo Graubünden 962194.46 Piz Palü 3901 Po
Wägitalersee Schwyz 900415.27 Redertenstock 2295 Rhine
Sihlsee Schwyz 8891068.28 Druesberg 2282 Rhine
Stausee Mapragg St. Gallen 86523.25 Ringelspitz 3247 Rhine
Lac du Vernex Vaud 85927.97 Wildhorn 3248 Rhine
Klöntalersee Glarus 847318.46 Glärnisch 2914 Rhine
Crestasee Graubünden 8444.39 Flims Waldhaus 1100 Rhine
Wenigerweier St. Gallen 8384.06Horst1084 Rhine
Stausee Solis Graubünden 82417.75 Piz Kesch 3418 Rhine
Lac de Montsalvens Fribourg 801 [5] 66.26 Vanil Noir 2389 Rhine

See also

Notes and references

  1. "Zone altitudinali di vegetazione". Ticino.ch. Archived from the original on 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  2. Maximum elevation. Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps (1:25,000)
  3. VECTOR25 Primary surfaces (Swisstopo) (areas with one decimal were retrieved from Google Earth)
  4. Topographical catchment areas of Swiss waterbodies (Federal Office for the Environment FOEN) . 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. Archived from the original on 2014-06-10. Retrieved 2014-06-26.

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