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Lake of Banyoles
Estany de Banyoles
Aerea estany de banyoles.png
Lake of Banyoles Estany de Banyoles is located in Catalonia
Lake of Banyoles Estany de Banyoles
Lake of Banyoles
Estany de Banyoles
LocationBanyoles, Catalonia
Coordinates42°07′31″N 2°45′19″E / 42.12528°N 2.75528°E / 42.12528; 2.75528Coordinates: 42°07′31″N 2°45′19″E / 42.12528°N 2.75528°E / 42.12528; 2.75528
Primary inflowsRec d'en Morgat, Riera del Vilar, Rec Major, Rec de la Font Pudosa, Rec de les Estunes
Primary outflowsnone
Catchment area11.42 km2 (4.41 sq mi)
Basin countriesSpain
Max. length2,100 m (6,900 ft)
Max. width750 m (2,460 ft)
Surface area1.575 km2 (0.608 sq mi)
Average depth14.8 m (49 ft)
Max. depth62.4 m (205 ft)
Water volume12,000,000 m3 (420,000,000 cu ft)
Shore length19.13 km (5.67 mi)
Surface elevation172 m (564 ft)
Official nameLago de Banyoles
Designated20 December 2002
Reference no.1257[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake of Banyoles (or Estany de Banyoles) is a natural lake located in the comarca "Pla de l'Estany", Province of Girona, in northeastern Catalonia, Spain. It is named after the nearby town of Banyoles, to which it belongs entirely. On the western shore it borders with the town of Porqueres. The lake is approximately 2,100 m by 750 m with an average depth of 15 m that in several points gets down to 46.4 metres. It is located in a natural tectonic depression.

Presently Lake Banyoles is the largest natural lake in Catalonia. Lake Sils, located 33 km further south, was formerly the largest lake in the area until it was drained in 1851.[2]

Flora and fauna

There are both native and introduced fish species in the lake, like carp, gardí, bavosa de riu, sunfish, tench, black bass and eel. It is known that other fishes like pike, bullhead catfish (peix gat) and goldfish were introduced in the 19th century, but no specimens of those species have been found in recent surveys in the lake.[3]

Sports in the lake

This lake became famous as the rowing location for the Barcelona Olympics 1992[4] and the World Rowing Championships in 2004. It is also a popular training location for many foreign rowers, particularly English rowers. It was also the site for the 1991 Junior World Rowing Championships.

A panorama of Lake Banyoles and Club Natació Banyoles
A panorama of Lake Banyoles

See also


  1. ^ "Lago de Banyoles". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ Estany de Sils - Una breu història
  3. ^ Noves introduccions i poblament actual de peixos al llac de banyoles Archived 2007-09-19 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 1992 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 288-92.