Lelång is a lake in Bengtsfors municipality in Dalsland and Årjängs municipality in Värmland and is part of the main catchment area of the Göta River. The lake has an area of 4.8 km² and lies at an altitude of 90 metres.

The lake has been a popular destination for fishing, boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and other water sports since the 17th century. In the summer, many people go to Lelång to enjoy nature and activities such as birdwatching.



Description of Lake Lelång in Sweden

The lake is long and narrow and flows north from Lennartsfors to Bengtsfors in the south, a distance of about 40 kilometres. The lake is the largest lake in Sweden, with an area of 1 727 square kilometres.

It is located in the counties of Västergötland, Östergötland and Dalsland. The lake has locks at three places, at Lennartsfors it connects via locks with Foxen, at Gustavsfors it connects to Långsjön and finally at Karlsborg it connects to the Baltic Sea through Göta Canal.

Lake Lelång has a total length of 131 kilometres and an average depth of 8 metres. The deepest point reaches 30 metres. The water level changes depending on how much water flows into or out of the lake.

Water sports on Lake Lelång

The Dalsland Canoe Marathon is a race that takes place every summer in Lelång, among other places. The event consists of a 3-hour canoe race and prizes are awarded to the fastest boat. The competition takes place on Lake Dalsland, one of the largest lakes in Sweden.

The lake has many fishing spots that are popular with both locals and tourists. Fishing dates back to ancient times and is one of the most common ways of catching fish in Sweden. It is also an important part of Swedish culture as there are many traditions related to fishing, such as folk songs about fishing or stories of fishermen lost at sea.


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