Lake Zurich, also known as Lake Zürich and Lake of Zürich (Swiss German/Alemannic: Zürisee; German: Zürichsee) is a lake in Switzerland. Zürichsee is strictly the name of the part of the lake downstream of the dam at Rapperswil, mostly located within the canton of Zurich. The part upstream of the Rapperswil dam is called Obersee, and is shared between the cantons of St. Gallen and Schwyz. It is the location of the 26.4 km International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim from Rapperswil to Zurich.
The lake was frozen in the following years: 1223, 1259, 1262, 1407, 1491, 1514, 1517, 1573, 1600, 1660, 1684, 1695, 1709, 1716, 1718, 1740, 1755, 1763, 1789, 1830, 1880, 1891, 1895, 1929 and 1963.
The three population around the lake are Zurich, Pfäffikon SZ and Rapperswil. The Zürichsee-Schifffahrtsgesellschaft – the Lake Zurich Navigation Company – offers with its 17 passenger ships touristic services on Lake Zurich. There are a number of passenger ferry services, noticeably the Horgen–Meilen ferry, an auto ferry between Horgen and Meilen.
Zurich, at the north-western end of the lake, is the largest city on Lake Zurich. On the opposite shore are Küsnacht, Meilen, Stäfa, and Rapperswil-Jona with the medieval town of Rapperswil.
Lake Zurich's water is very clean and reaches, during summer, temperatures well beyond 20°C. Swimming in the public baths and beaches is very popular. The lake's water is purified and fed into Zurich's water system; it is potable.
International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim
Still Water 8
Lake Zürich is also part of the Still Water Eight and site of the 26.4 kilometer International Self-Transcendence Marathon-Schwimmen. The Still Water Eight is a group of 8 marathon swims in lakes that is a goal of seriously-minded marathon swimmers who are focused on still-water marathon swims. Successful completion of these 8 marathon swims has never been recorded by a single individual. It was first publicly announced by Michelle Macy in October 2011.
Completion of the Still Water Eight can be recorded in three categories:
2. non-wetsuit (i.e., FINA approved swim suits)
3. channel-standard swimwear (i.e., traditional swimming briefs for men and no arm or leg coverage for women)
If the swimmer chooses to swim one of the Still Water Eight swims in a wetsuit, they would fall into the wetsuit category. Likewise if they swim in a FINA-approved swimsuit, they fall in that category. If they swim across all the lakes in channel-standard swimwear, then they fall into the channel-standard category.
Every swim attempt must start and finish on dry land.
Lake Zurich is part of the Stillwater 8, a solo marathon swimming challenge created by Michelle Macy:
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