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Lake Bourget in the Mountainous Savoie Department, France

45.7N 5.8E

March 23rd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains, Rivers

France - February 20th, 2010

France - February 20th, 2010

Lac du Bourget (Lake Bourget), visible in the upper left quadrant of this orthorectified image, is a lake in the Savoie department of France. It is the largest and the deepest lake located entirely within the country (Lake Geneva is larger but shared by Switzerland).

The most important town on its shore is Aix-les-Bains. Chambéry, the capital of Savoie, lies about 10 km south of the lake. The lake is named after the town Le Bourget-du-Lac, on its south shore. It is mainly fed by the river Leysse (and other small rivers), and drains towards the river Rhône through the canal de Savières, an artificial channel.

The lake is surrounded by mountains; in fact, much of the Savoie department, which is part of the Rhône-Alpes region, is covered by mountains. These include the Bauges Massif, the Chartreuse Massif, the Vanoise Massif and the Beaufortain Massif.

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