A hundred year old man-made lake
Lake Montsalvens and its tributaries, Gruyère Alps, Switzerland


 
 
 
 

Lac de Montsalvens is a reservoir situated in the Gruyère Alps, Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland. The reservoir dams the water of the Jogne River (or Jaunbach) and has a capacity of 12.6 million m³ and a surface area of 0.74 km2. It is located on the road to Jaun Pass, between the villages of Broc and Charmey.
Designed by Alfred Stucky, the construction was completed by 1920 and in 1921 the reservoir filled for the first time. This was the first double-curvature (vertical and horizontal) arch dam in Europe.

The interest of Lake Montsalvens for The Freshwater Project is to observe how an artificial lake has changed the landscape over the course of hundred years, especially the regularly flooded riparian forest.

Freshwater Ecoregion of the World : #404 Central & Western Europe

Major Habitat Type: temperate floodplain rivers and wetlands


Produced in 2020 and 2021 during the coronavirus confinement. Red dots indicate personal favorites.

The Flooded Forest
       

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The Lake
       

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The Inflow : Jogne
       

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Aerials : The Inflow and the Lake
       

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The Tributaries : Rio du Motélon
       

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The Tributaries : Javro
       

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The Outlet : The Jogne Gorge

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