Oeschinen Lake, Kandersteg

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Oeschinen Lake is a lake in Bernese Oberland the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, 4km east of Kandersteg in the Oeschinen valley. At an elevation of 1578m, it has a surface area of 1.1147km2. Its maximum depth is 56m.The lake is fed through a series of mountain creeks and drains underground. The water then re-surfaces 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 1566.09m and 1581.9m. The average seasonal variation was 12.2m .The lake is generally frozen during five months, from December to May. From time to time ice skating is possible on ice.Fish in the lake include Arctic char, lake trout, rainbow trout . From January to March, ice fishing is popular.A gondola lift from Kandersteg leads to Oeschinen, 25 minutes by foot from the lake.Since 2007 the lake is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Heritage Site.<gallery class="center"> Image:Oeschinensee 01.jpg Image:Blausee 02.jpg Image:Blausee 03.jpg File:Berghaus am oeschinensee.jpg
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  • My husband originally wanted to go down the mountain slide but it was closed due to bad weather, but saw that people were going hiking. We got one of the maps and saw that there was a lake! We had no ...  more »
  • When I came here in early May the skilift wasn't operational because it's off-season, so we had to hike for almost 2 hours from Kandersteg, but it was worth the grueling, constant inclination! It was ...  more »
  • A very beautiful place in the swiss alps. I been there a few times already. Last time the water level of the lake was very low. There are a few things to do, next to a few restaurants and a summer sledding slide there is a huge area of nature to walk or hike.
  • A beautiful place that gets rather crowded in summer, but still worth visiting.
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