Rotsee, CH

The Rotsee is located in the municipality of Ebikon about 2 km in the North of the city Lucerne at an altitude of 419 meters above sea level. The lake seems quite long since it has a length of 2.5 km and a width of only about 250 m. The max. depth is only around 16 m and the Ron river is both inflow and outflow of the lake.


The areas around the lake are located in a nature reserve. On the northeastern shore of the lake is the Rotsee-Badi Ebikon, the only spot where swimming is permitted and a popular destination for Lucerne natural bathing friends. In the summer months, the “Libelle” ferry plies the waters of the lake between Palm Sunday and late October. A ferry has operated here for more than 600 years; it’s suspended in inclement weather and during the rowing regatta.

Among rowers, the lake is considered the “Göttersee” (one of its German alternative names meaning lake of gods) or “Wimbledon of rowing”. Because of its elongated shape, its weak current and its virtually windless conditions, the Rotsee is almost ideally “built” for rowing. Every year, the Rowing Center at the lake hosts the “Lucerne Rowing World“, one of the important rowing events in the world.

The Rotsee also attracts anglers from near and far. The fishing season is from May to December and you may catch pikes among others. One needs a fisherman’s patent or licence though on which you may get information from the so-called “Rotseewärter” (the Rotsee guardian, see contact details) there.

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