Visiting lakes is a good outdoor recreational activity and the top 10 largest lakes in the world will help you choose the best lake to spend your holidays. There are over a million lakes in the world, some are freshwater lakes some are salt lakes. There are some lakes entirely within a country some have borders with several countries. We listed this top 10 largest lakes in the world based on proven facts and sizes.
Top 10 Largest Lakes in the World Comparison Chart
|Caspian Sea||Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Iran||371,000 square kilometers or 143,000 sq mile||78,200 km3 or 18,800 cu mi||1,025 m or 3,363 ft||1199 km or 745 miles|
|Lake Superior||US and Canada||82,100 km2 or 31,700 sq mi||12,100 km3 or 2,900 cu mi||406.3 m or 1,333 ft||616 km or 383 mi|
|Lake Victoria||Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania||68,870 km2 or 26,590 sq mi||2,750 km3 or 660 cu mi||84 m or 276 ft||322 km or 200 mi|
|Lake Huron||US and Canada||59,600 km2 or 23,000 sq mi||3,540 km3 or 850 cu mi||229 m of 751 ft||332 km or 206 mi|
|Lake Michigan||US||58,000 km2 or 22,000 sq mi||4,900 km3 or 1,200 cu mi||281 m or 922 ft||494 km or 307 mi|
|Lake Tanganyika||Burundi. Tanzania, Zambia and Congo||32,600 km2 or 12,600 sq mi||18,900 km3 or 4,500 cu mi||1,470 m or 4,820 ft||676 km or 420 mi|
|Lake Baikal||Russia||31,500 km2 or 12,200 sq mi||23,600 km3 or 5,700 cu mi||1,637 m or 5,371 ft||636 km or 395 mi|
|Great Bear Lake||Canada||31,000 km2 or 12,000 sq mi||2,236 km3 or 536 cu mi||446 m or 1,463 ft||373 km or 232 mi|
|Lake Malawi||Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania||29,500 km2 or 11,400 sq mi||8,400 km3 or 2,000 cu mi||706 m or 2,316 ft||579 km and 360 mi|
|Great Slave Lake||Canada||27,000 km2 or 10,000 sq mi||1,560 km3 or 370 cu mi||614 m or 2,014 ft||480 km or 300 mi|
Top 10 Largest Lakes in the World by Surface Area
Lakes can be measured by surface area, volume of water and depth of water. We have created this top 10 largest lakes in the world by surface area because people always want to determine everything by size or area first then other consider other facts.
1. Caspian Sea
Though Caspian Sea is known as sea but according to the definition of lake it is a lake. It may be a sea millions of years ago but for last few millions of years it is a lake. This lake has bounded by Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Iran. The surface area is 371,000 square kilometers or 143,000 sq miles. Its highest length is 1199 km or 745 miles. Its maximum depth is 1,025 m or 3,363 ft. It has the largest water volume of 78,200 km3 or 18,800 cu mi.
2. Lake Superior
Superior is the largest lake in North America and also the largest freshwater lake in the world and also the largest among the 5 great lakes in the US. It has border with both US and Canada. It has a surface area of 82,100 km2 or 31,700 sq mi with maximum length of 616 km or 383 mi. With 12,100 km3 or 2,900 cu mi water volume and 406.3 m or 1,333 ft depth it has become the main freshwater source of US.
3. Lake Victoria
Victoria is the 3rd largest lake in the world and 1st largest lake in Africa. It situated within the border of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania thus having a combined maintaining from these 3 countries. With 68,870 km2 or 26,590 sq mi surface area and 2,750 km3 or 660 cu mi water it is the largest freshwater source in these countries. Its highest depth is 84 m or 276 ft lowest among top 10 largest lakes in the world and highest length 322 km or 200 mi.
4. Lake Huron
Huron is one of the 5 great lakes in the US and 2nd largest lake in the US with a border with Canada like Lake Superior. Huron is the 4th largest lakes in our top 10 largest lakes in the world list. Huron has a surface area of 59,600 km2 or 23,000 sq mi with 332 km or 206 mi of length. It has 3,540 km3 or 850 cu mi of water with a depth of 229 m of 751 ft thus making Huron one of the fascinating and beautiful lakes of the world.
5. Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan is the 5th largest lakes in the world and the largest lake in the US that is entirely within American soil. Lake Michigan is 58,000 km2 or 22,000 sq mi of size with 4,900 km3 or 1,200 cu mi of water. It’s depth is 281 m or 922 ft and the length of it is 494 km or 307 mi.
6. Lake Tanganyika
Tanganyika is the 6th largest lakes in the world and 2nd largest lake in Africa. With a length of 676 km or 420 mi it is the longest freshwater lake in the world and its highest depth is 1,470 m or 4,820 ft more than Lake Victoria. It contains 18,900 km3 or 4,500 cu mi of water and 32,600 km2 or 12,600 sq mi of surface area.
7. Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal is the largest lake in Russia and Asia and 2nd largest lake contained within a country only. With a depth of 1,637 m or 5,371 ft it is the largest lakes in the world by depth and with the 23,600 km3 or 5,700 cu mi volume of water it is the largest freshwater lake in the world. It is 636 km or 395 mi and its surface area is 31,500 km2 or 12,200 sq mi.
8. Great Bear Lake
Great Bear Lake is the largest lake in Canada that is entirely within the country with a surface area of 31,000 km2 or 12,000 sq mi and it is 373 km or 232 mi long. It has a large volume of freshwater 2,236 km3 or 536 cu mi and its highest proven depth is 446 m or 1,463 ft.
9. Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi is the 3rd largest lake in Africa and got 9th in the top 10 largest lakes in the world list. It is named after the country Malawi but have bordered with Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. It has 29,500 km2 or 11,400 sq mi surface area, 579 km and 360 mi of length, 706 m or 2,316 ft of depth and 8,400 km3 or 2,000 cu mi of freshwater.
10. Great Slave Lake
Great Slave Lake is one of the largest lakes in North America and the deepest lake in North America and entirely within Canada. Its surface area, volume of water, depth and length are 27,000 km2 or 10,000 sq mi, 1,560 km3 or 370 cu mi, 614 m or 2,014 ft and 480 km or 300 mi respectively. It is the 10th largest among the top 10 largest lakes in the world list.