Lake Schwerin

Lake Schwerin
(Schweriner See)
Location Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Coordinates 53°38′N 11°28′E / 53.633°N 11.467°E / 53.633; 11.467Coordinates: 53°38′N 11°28′E / 53.633°N 11.467°E / 53.633; 11.467
Type eutrophic
Primary outflows Wallensteingraben, Stör Canal
Basin countries Germany
Max. length 21 km (13 mi)
Max. width 6 km (3.7 mi)
Surface area 61.54 km2 (23.76 sq mi)
Average depth 12.8 m (42 ft)
Max. depth 52.4 m (172 ft)
Residence time 10.1 years
Surface elevation 37.6 m (123 ft)
Settlements Schwerin, Bad Kleinen

Lake Schwerin[1][2] (German: Schweriner See) is a lake in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, northern Germany. It was named after the city Schwerin, on its southwestern shore. The smaller town Bad Kleinen is on the north shore of the lake. Its surface is approximately 61.54 square kilometres (23.76 sq mi), and its maximum depth is 52.4 metres (172 ft). The natural outflow of the lake is the (channelized) river Stör, a tributary of the Elde, and part of the Elbe watershed. The Wallensteingraben, a 16th-century canal, connects the lake with the Baltic Sea at Wismar.


  1. Kohl, Horst; Marcinek, Joachim and Nitz, Bernhard (1986). Geography of the German Democratic Republic, VEB Hermann Haack, Gotha, p. 49. ISBN 978-3-7301-0522-1.
  2. Frommer's Germany 2006 by Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince. Retrieved 1 Nov 2013.

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