Rur Dam

Rur Dam


Aerial shot of the Rur Dam, Schwammenauel and Rur Reservoir with the Tonsberg peninsula (left centre), island of Eichert (centre) and peninsula of Eschauel (rear right)
Location Städteregion Aachen, Kreis Düren
Coordinates 50°37′57″N 6°23′55″E / 50.63250°N 6.39861°E / 50.63250; 6.39861Coordinates: 50°37′57″N 6°23′55″E / 50.63250°N 6.39861°E / 50.63250; 6.39861
Construction began 1934–1938,
and 1961
Dam and spillways
Impounds Rur; others see below
Height (foundation) 77.2 m (253 ft)
Height (thalweg) 69.5 m (228 ft)
Length 480 m (1,570 ft)
Elevation at crest 284.43 m (933.2 ft)
Width (crest) 15 m (49 ft)
Dam volume 2.6×10^6 m3 (92×10^6 cu ft)
Total capacity 203.2×10^6 m3 (7.18×10^9 cu ft)
Active capacity incl. Obersee 202.6×10^6 m3 (7.15×10^9 cu ft)
Catchment area 288.1 km3 (69.1 cu mi)
Surface area 7.83 km2 (3.02 sq mi)
Max. length 10.6 km (6.6 mi)
Normal elevation 281.5 m (924 ft)

The Rur Dam (German: Rurtalsperre Schwammenauel) is a 77.2 metre high dam located in the southwestern part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. It was built in 1939 and impounds the River Rur to form the Rur Reservoir (Rurstausee or Rursee) which is 7.83 km² in area. It lies within the districts of Aachen and Düren.

Headwaters and tailwaters

The headwaters of the Rur Reservoir, with their length in kilometres (km), according to the Deutsche Grundkarte map (sorted alphabetically):[1]

See also


  1. Rurtalsperre Schwammenauel (accessed on 30 December 2011)


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