The Markkleeberger See is an artificial lake east of the eponymous town Markkleeberg south of Leipzig. It originated from 20 July 1999 to June 2006 due to the flooding of the northern part of the lignite mine Espenhain. Since July 15, 2006, the lake has been open to the public as bathing water and for boat traffic for use. The area of the lake is 252 ha, the storage area about 61 million cubic meters. The water level is 113 m above sea level. As a drain, the Kleine Pleiße connects the lake with the Pleiße. The Markkleeberger See is part of the so-called Leipzig New Lakeland, a mining landscape with several flooded opencast mining holes. With its depth of 57 or 58 meters, it is the deepest of these lakes. Further south follow the Zwenkauer and the Störmthaler lake. The lake network of the Markkleeberger with the Störmthaler See over a 800 meter long canal was completed on 18 May 2013. Here was a lock with four meters stroke, as the lakes will have different water levels. The canal has a bridge with a clearance of 9.48 m, so that sailboats can drive through.
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