Oeschinen Lake (German: Oeschinensee) is a lake in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of Kandersteg in the Oeschinen valley. At an elevation of 1,578 metres (5,177 ft), it has a surface area of 1.1147 square kilometres (0.4304 sq mi). Its maximum depth is 56 metres (184 ft).
|Location||Kandersteg, Bernese Oberland|
|Primary inflows||Bärglibach, Wyssbach, Lägerbach, Oeschinenbach|
|Catchment area||22 km2 (8.5 sq mi)|
|Max. length||1.6 km (0.99 mi)|
|Max. width||1 km (0.62 mi)|
|Surface area||1.1147 km2 (0.4304 sq mi)|
|Average depth||34 m (112 ft)|
|Max. depth||56 m (184 ft)|
|Residence time||1.61 years|
|Surface elevation||1,578 m (5,177 ft)|
|Frozen||December to May|
The lake is fed through a series of mountain creeks and drains underground. The water then resurfaces as the Oeschibach. Part of it is captured for electricity production and as water supply for Kandersteg.
In observations from 1931 to 1965, the elevation of the lake surface varied between 1,566.09 metres (5,138.1 ft) and 1,581.9 metres (5,190 ft). The average seasonal variation was 12.2 metres (40 ft) (September/April).
The lake is generally frozen during five months, from December to May. From time to time ice skating is possible on the ice.
A gondola lift from Kandersteg leads to Oeschinen, 25 minutes by foot from the lake.
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- Fischerei im Oeschinensee (in German and French)
- Niklaus, Markus (1967), Geomorphologische und Limnologische Untersuchungen am Oeschinensee (in German), Thun: Ott
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