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Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva
Lake information
NameLake Geneva
Lake typeGlacial lake
Primary inflowsRhone, La Venoge, Dranse, Aubonne
Primary outflowsRhone
Catchment area7975 km2 (3079.2 sqmi)
Basin countriesSwitzerland, France
Max. length73 km (45.4 mi)
Max. width14 km (8.7 mi)
Surface area580.03 km2 (223.95 mi2)
Average depth154.4 m (506.6 ft)
Max. depth310 m (1017.1 ft)
Water volume89 km3 (292 acre.ft)
Residence time11.4 years
Surface elevation372 m (1220.5 ft)
Islands in lakesÎle de Peilz, Château de Chillon, Île de Salagnon, Île de la Harpe, Île Rousseau, Île de Choisi
SettlementsGeneva (CH), Lausanne (CH), Evian (F), Montreux (CH), Thonon (F), Vevey (CH) (see list)

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Lake Geneva or Lake Léman ( , ) is a lake in Switzerland and France. It is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. 59.53 % 345.31 km2 (133.3 sqmi) of it comes under the jurisdiction of Switzerland (cantons of Vaud, Geneva, and Valais), and 40.47 % 234.71 km2 (90.6 sqmi) under France (Haute-Savoie). The average surface elevation of 372 m (1220.5 ft) above sea level is controlled by the Seujet Dam near Geneva.

Lake Geneva, formed by a retreating glacier, has a crescent shape that narrows around Yvoire on the southern shore. It can thus be divided figuratively into the "Grand Lac" (Large Lake) to the east and the "Petit Lac" (Small Lake) to the west. The Chablais Alps border its southern shore, the western Bernese Alps lie over its eastern side. The high summits of Grand Combin and Mont Blanc are visible from some places. Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman (CGN) operates boats on the lake.

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