Scutari, Lake

Scutari, Lake

(sko͞o`tərē), Albanian Ligeni i Shkodrës, Serbo-Croatian Skadarsko Jezero, c.25 mi (40 km) long and from 4 to 8 mi (6.4–12.9 km) wide, SE Europe, on the Montenegro-Albania border. The largest lake of the Balkan Peninsula, it varies seasonally in size (c.150–200 sq mi/390–520 sq km) and depth and usually floods the surrounding area in the winter. Once an inlet of the Adriatic Sea, the lake is now separated from the sea by an alluvial isthmus. It is fed by the Morača River and drained by the Bunës southeastward to the Drin River. The lake is navigable by small steamers, and it abounds in fish.
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Scutari, Lake

 

a lake in Yugoslavia and Albania. The area varies between 356 and 370 sq km, depending on the seasonal change in water level. Depths range to 12 m. The eastern and northern shores are low, while the western and southwestern shores are mountainous. Water from the lake is conveyed by the Buene River to the Adriatic Sea. Lake Scutari is navigable, and there is fishing on a commercial scale. The Albanian city of Shkodra is situated close to the lake’s southeastern shore.

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