Largest Lakes in the World with Name, Length, Area Covered, Imp. Facts

List of Largest Lakes of the World

Lakes come in all shapes and sizes, and some of them are certainly notable for their size, depth, or other characteristics. A lake is different from a pond, sea, ocean, river or lagoon. A lake is defined as a large water area that has exposed land on all sides. Lakes are typically freshwater, but there are some cases where they can be filled with salt water. Lakes are usually less shallow than seas and oceans. Lakes tend to host many different forms of life including plants, fish, and other animals.

The following table lists the large lakes of the world according to size and including information such as name, location, area, length, and depth.

Name Area Length Important Facts
Caspian Sea* 436,000 km2 (168,000 sq mi) 1,199 km (745 mi) Despite its name the Caspian Sea is often regarded as the world’s largest lake, but it contains an oceanic basin (contiguous with the world ocean until 11 million years ago) rather than being entirely over continental crust.
Superior 82,100 km2 (31,700 sq mi) 616 km (383 mi) Largest of the Great Lakes by volume, having more water than the other four combined. Popularly considered the largest freshwater lake by surface area, though Lakes Michigan and Huron are treated hydrologically as a single entity due to their connection at the deep watered Straits of Mackinac; this single entity would be the largest freshwater lake by surface area if it were treated as a single lake.
Victoria 68,870 km2 (26,590 sq mi) 322 km (200 mi) The largest lake by area in Africa.
Huron 59,600 km2 (23,000 sq mi) 332 km (206 mi) Contains Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest lake island.
Michigan 58,000 km2 (22,000 sq mi) 494 km (307 mi) Largest lake contained within one country.
Tanganyika 32,600 km2 (12,600 sq mi) 676 km (420 mi) Longest freshwater lake in the world.
Baikal 31,500 km2 (12,200 sq mi) 636 km (395 mi) Deepest lake in the world and largest volume freshwater lake in the world.
Great Bear Lake 31,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi) 373 km (232 mi) Largest lake entirely within Canada
Malawi 29,500 km2 (11,400 sq mi) 579 km (360 mi)
Great Slave Lake 27,000 km2 (10,000 sq mi) 480 km (300 mi) Deepest lake in North America
Erie 25,700 km2 (9,900 sq mi) 388 km (241 mi)
Winnipeg 24,514 km2 (9,465 sq mi) 425 km (264 mi)
Ontario 18,960 km2 (7,320 sq mi) 311 km (193 mi)
Ladoga 18,130 km2 (7,000 sq mi) 219 km (136 mi) Largest lake in Europe
Balkhash* 16,400 km2 (6,300 sq mi) 605 km (376 mi)
Vostok 12,500 km2 (4,800 sq mi) 250 km (160 mi) Largest lake in Antarctica
Onega 9,720 km2 (3,750 sq mi) 248 km (154 mi)
Titicaca 8,372 km2 (3,232 sq mi) 177 km (110 mi) Largest lake in South America. Has a smaller surface area than the world’s largest man-made reservoir, Lake Volta, which has a surface area of8,482 km2 (3,275 sq mi).
Nicaragua 8,264 km2 (3,191 sq mi) 177 km (110 mi) Largest lake in Central America
Athabasca 7,850 km2 (3,030 sq mi) 335 km (208 mi)
Taymyr 6,990 km2 (2,700 sq mi) 250 km (160 mi) Largest lake north of the Arctic Circle[citation needed]
Turkana* 6,405 km2 (2,473 sq mi) 248 km (154 mi) It is the world’s largest permanent desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake.
Reindeer Lake 6,330 km2 (2,440 sq mi) 245 km (152 mi)
Issyk-Kul* 6,200 km2 (2,400 sq mi) 182 km (113 mi)
Urmia* 6,001 km2 (2,317 sq mi) 130 km (81 mi)
Vänern 5,545 km2 (2,141 sq mi) 140 km (87 mi) Largest lake in the European Union
Winnipegosis 5,403 km2 (2,086 sq mi) 245 km (152 mi)
Albert 5,299 km2 (2,046 sq mi) 161 km (100 mi)
Mweru 5,120 km2 (1,980 sq mi) 131 km (81 mi)
Nettilling 5,066 km2 (1,956 sq mi) 113 km (70 mi) It is on Baffin Island and is the largest lake on an island.
Sarygamysh Lake* 5,000 km2 (1,900 sq mi) 125 km (78 mi)
Nipigon 4,843 km2 (1,870 sq mi) 116 km (72 mi)
Manitoba 4,706 km2 (1,817 sq mi) 225 km (140 mi)
Great Salt Lake* 4,662 km2 (1,800 sq mi) 121 km (75 mi)
Qinghai Lake* (or Kokonor) 4,489 km2 (1,733 sq mi)
Saimaa 4,400 km2 (1,700 sq mi)
Lake of the Woods 4,350 km2 (1,680 sq mi) 110 km (68 mi)
Khanka 4,190 km2 (1,620 sq mi) 90 km (56 mi)
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