|Ritzensee, autumn 2004|
|Geographical location||Salzburger Land , Austria|
|Location close to the shore||Saalfelden|
|Altitude above sea level|
|Maximum depth||4 m|
artificial swimming lake
Feeding and water quality
Due to its shallow depth, the water heats up very quickly in the summer months and reaches temperatures of up to 27 ° C. Therefore, the Ritzensee became a very popular bathing lake .
This moor lake, which is a maximum of four meters deep, is fed by a few sources in the ground and two not very productive, small streams . When the rehabilitation center of the workers' pension insurance institution (today: special pension insurance institution) was built in 1979/80 , artesian wells were struck during the excavation work , and it was feared that this would affect the groundwater level and thus the water level and water quality of the Ritzensee could deteriorate dramatically. For this reason, parts of these springs were collected and are still fed to the Ritzensee via a pipeline. This water discharge represents the essential fresh water supply of this bathing and fish lake today.
Since this lake emerged from a bog, islands keep growing out. Since the beginning of the 1990s, attempts have been made several times to master these island formations with great material expenditure - with rather modest successes.
Function as a bathing lake
The Ritzensee is the local recreation area for the people of Saalfelden. Several walking paths lead more or less close to the lake.