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Lake Murten (French: Lac de Morat; German: Murtensee) is a lake located in the cantons of Fribourgmarker and Vaudmarker in the west of Switzerlandmarker. It is named after the small town of Murten/Moratmarker on its southern shore.

It is the smallest of the three lakes in the Seeland area of the Swiss plateau located at the foot of the first chain of the Jura mountains. The main tributary is the river Broyemarker.

Since the Jura water correction its water leaves the lake through the Broye Canalmarker (Canal de la Broye) into nearby Lake Neuch√Ętelmarker that is connected to Lake Bielmarker through the Zihl canal (canal de la Thielle),. Thus all three lakes form a natural reservoir in order to retain overflow water from the river Aarmarker that flows into Lake Biel: in times of combined heavy rainfalls and glacier melting in the Alps, the peculiar situation arises that the water flows backwards through the Thielle and Broye canals, preventing an overflow of the Grand Marais.



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