The Melchsee is at the centre of Melchsee-Frutt, to which it lends its name. Nearly 2,000 metres above sea level, it is dammed by an articifial embankment. The Hugschwendi power plant, operated by the Elektrizitätswerk Obwalden (EWO), produces electricity.

Fishing in Melchsee

There are eight different types of trout and char in the Melchsee. Many fishermen come to Melchsee-Frutt to go mountain lake fishing. On the frozen lake in winter ice fishing is possible.

More informations about fishing

Barbecue sites at the Melchsee

There are two barbecue sites by the Melchsee ready to use in the Vogelbüel area and Balmeregg. Dry wood and a grate are available – providing barbecue’s fun for the whole family.

More information on fireplaces


There is a signposted hiking trail around the Melchsee. When covered counterclockwise, the route is suitable for strollers. The round trip takes about 1 hour.

Bergsee-Fischen Melchsee-Frutt
c/o Korporation Kerns
Sportbahnen Melchsee-Frutt
Sarnerstrasse 1
6064 Kerns

Tel. +41 (0)41 669 70 60