Izvorul Muntelui Reservoir

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Izvorul Muntelui Reservoir
Bicaz reservoir and dam
Bicaz reservoir and dam
Location: Neamț district
Tributaries: Bistrița ,
Drain: Bistrița
Larger places nearby: Bicaz , Piatra Neamț
Reservoir Izvorul Muntelui (Romania)
Izvorul Muntelui Reservoir
Coordinates 47 ° 1 '11 "  N , 26 ° 3' 15"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 1 '11 "  N , 26 ° 3' 15"  E
Data on the structure
Construction time: 1950-1960
Height of the barrier structure : 127 m
Height above valley floor: 37 m
Height above foundation level : 41 m
Height of the structure crown: 785  m above sea level NN
Crown length: 435 m
Base width: 119 m
Slope slope on the air side : 1: 1.5 - 1: 1.75
Slope slope on the water side : 1: 1.75
Power plant output: 210 MW
Data on the reservoir
Altitude (at congestion destination ) 780.5  m above sea level NN
Water surface 33 km²
Reservoir length 40 km
Reservoir width 2 km
Storage space 1625 million m³

The reservoir Izvorul Muntelui , also Lacul Bicaz , is a reservoir through which the Bistrița flows north of Bicaz in the Neamț district in Romania . It is the largest reservoir located entirely within Romania.


The reservoir is used to generate electricity in the Bicaz-Stejaru hydropower plant . The power plant has three turbines, an output of 210 MW and generates an average of 500 GWh per year. The maximum storage volume of the lake is 1250 million cubic meters.

The lake is a popular tourist destination in the region, especially in summer when visitors take the ferry from Bicaz for a short excursion on the lake to take in the magnificent views of the Ceahlău massif ( Eastern Carpathians ) on the west bank. In the 1960s and 1970s there was a regular ferry service between the port of Bicaz and the villages on the banks of the lake.

In Potoci, a few kilometers north of the town of Bicaz, there is a biological research facility with a small dive center for underwater exploration. This facility was visited by the marine biologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1984.

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See also

Individual evidence

  1. Institutul Național de Statistică, Geography, meteorology and environment (PDF; 413 kB), 2006 (Romanian)

Web links

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