10 Largest Lakes By Surface Area

10. Great Slave Lake


Surface Area: 28,930 km²
This Canadian lake is also the 8th deepest lake in the world and the deepest lake in North America.

9. Lake Malawi


Surface Area: 30,044 km²
The lake is divided between Tanzania, Mozambique, and Malawi. The lake is the second deepest lake in Africa and it has more fish species than any other lake on Earth.

8. Great Bear Lake


Surface Area: 31,080 km²
The largest lake entirely within Canada and the fourth largest in North America. Great Bear Lake is covered with ice from late November to July, at that time there is an ice crossing to Deline which lies on the shore of the lake.

7. Lake Baikal


Surface Area: 31,500 km²
The lake is entirely within Russia. It is also the deepest lake in the world and the largest volume freshwater lake in the world.

6. Lake Tanganyika


Surface Area: 32,893 km²
The lake is not only the 6th largest in the world, it is also the second deepest lake in the world – 1,470m and the longest lake in the world – 676 km. Lake Tanganyika is divided among four countries – Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia.

5. Lake Michigan


Surface Area: 58,000 km²
Also one of the five Great Lakes, Lake Michigan is just slightly smaller than Lake Huron. It is also the world’s largest lake entirely within one country – the United States. Chicago and Milwaukee are located on the shore of Lake Michigan.

4. Lake Huron


Surface Area: 59,600 km²
The second largest lake of the Great lakes. Lake Huron also contains Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest lake island.

3. Lake Victoria


Surface Area: 69,485 km²
The largest lake in Africa. It is bounded by Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

2. Lake Superior


Surface Area: 82,414 km²
Bounded by Canada and the United States, Lake Superior is the largest lake of the five Great Lakes of North America.

1. Caspian Sea


Surface Area: 371,000 km²
The Caspian Sea is often regarded as the largest lake in the world, but it contains an oceanic basin rather than being entirely over continental crust. This makes it an oceanic lake and differs it from all the other lakes in this list which are continental lakes. The Caspian Sea is also the world’s third deepest lake. It has no outflows and is bounded by Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.


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