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Lake Orta (Italian: Lago dOrta) is a lake in northern Italy west of Lago Maggiore.

It has been so named since the 16th century, but was previously called the Lago di San Giulio, after Saint Julius (4th century), the patron saint of the region; Cusio is a merely poetical name. Its southern end is about 35 km by rail NW of Novara on the main Turin-Milan line, while its north end is about 6 km by rail south of the Gravellona-Toce railway station, half-way between Ornavasso and Omegna.

Its scenery is characteristically Italian, while the San Giulio island has some very picturesque buildings, and takes its name from the local saint, Julius of Novara, who lived in the 4th century.

The chief place is Orta San Giulio, built on a peninsula projecting from the east shore of the lake, while Omegna is at its northern extremity. It is supposed that the lake is the remnant of a much larger sheet of water by which originally the waters of the Toce flowed south towards Novara. As the glaciers retreated the waters flowing from them sank, and were gradually diverted into Lake Maggiore.

Location Piedmont
Coordinates 4549′02″N 824′24″E / 45.81722N 8.40667E / 45.81722; 8.40667
Primary  inflows underground springs, Scarpia, Pellino, Plesna, Qualba, Fiumetta, Pescone
Primary  outflows Nigoglia
Catchment  area 116 km
Basin  countries Italy
Max. length 13.4 km
Max. width 2.5 km
Surface area 18.2 km
Average depth 71.6 m
Max. depth 143 m
Water volume 1.3 km
Residence time 8.9 years
Surface  elevation 290 m
Islands Isola San Giulio