List of lakes

This is a list of the top three to five major lakes per region, with links to more detailed region lists of lakes. A "major" lake is defined as that which is the largest by area, depth, volume, or cultural and/or environmental significance.

Africa

Great Lakes of Africa

Algeria

Angola

Botswana

Cameroon

  • A view of Lake Awing located in the North West Region of Cameroon
    Lake Awing
  • Lake Bambili, Cameroon
    Lake Bambili
  • Lake Bamendjing
  • Lake Bankim
  • Full extent of Lake Barombi, Cameroon
    Lake Barombi
  • Lake Edip
  • Lake Kendall
  • Lake Lagdo
  • Lake Mbakaou
  • Lake Monoun, Cameroon
    Lake Monoun
  • Lake Manengouba, Cameroon
    Muanenguba Lakes (Twin Lakes)
  • Lake Nyos
  • Lake Oku, Cameroon
    Lake Oku
  • Lake Wum

Cape Verde

Central African Republic

Comoros

Republic of the Congo

Djibouti

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Eswatini

Gabon

The Gambia

Ghana

Guinea

Ivory Coast

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Madagascar

  • Lake Alaotra
  • Lake Bedo
  • Lake Itasy
  • Lake Ihotry
  • Lake Kinkony
  • Lake Tritriva
  • Lake Tsimanampetsotsa
  • Lakes Manambolomaty

Malawi

Mauritania

  • Lac de Mâl

Mauritius

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Niger

Nigeria

  • Kainji Lake
  • Oguta Lake
  • Asejire Lake

São Tomé and Príncipe

Senegal

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Somalia

South Sudan

Sudan

Togo

Tunisia

Zimbabwe

Antarctica

There are hundreds of lakes deep below the ice of Antarctica.[1]

Asia

International lakes of Asia

  • Lake Baikal – Lake Baikal is located in Siberia in southeastern Russia, just north of Mongolia. Considered the oldest surviving freshwater lake on the planet, it is also the deepest body of water in Asia at 5,315 feet (1,620 m), and the largest freshwater lake by volume, containing 20% of the planet's fresh water. An elongated lake, it has a maximum width of 60 miles (97 km) with an approximate length of 389 miles (626 km), and is fed by more than 300 rivers and streams.[2]
  • Caspian Sea – Situated between Asia and Europe and fed by the Volga and Ural Rivers in the north, the Caspian Sea is nevertheless somewhat salty in its central and south portions. The surface area measures 371,000 square kilometres (143,000 sq mi), with a maximum depth of 1,025 metres (3,363 ft).[2]
  • Aral Sea – Also in far-western Asia, just east of the Caspian Sea, the Aral Sea straddles the boundary between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The Aral Sea is shrinking due to evaporation and diversion for irrigation (among other factors) and what remains (only 10% of its former size)[3] is now almost totally polluted by fertilizer runoff, Soviet weapon testing residue and industrial projects,[2] leading to it being called "one of the planet's worst environmental disasters".[4]

Afghanistan

  • Gowd-e-Zereh

Bahrain

Bangladesh

  • Kaptai Lake

Brunei

  • Cypt

Cambodia

Tonlé Sap Lake, Cambodia

China

Cyprus

East Timor

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

  • Lake Habbaniyah (Hawr al Habbaniyah)
  • Lake Milh (Bahr al Milh)
  • Lake Tharthar (Buhayrat ath Tharthar)
  • Sawa lake

Israel

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

  • Ala Köl
  • Besh-Tash Lake
  • Chatyr-Kul
  • Issyk-Kul
  • Jashyl Köl
  • Juukuchak Lake
  • Kapka Tash Lake
  • Kara-Suu Lake
  • Köl-Suu
  • Költör Lake
  • Kölükök
  • Kulun Lake
  • Kylaköl
  • Ökürgön Lake
  • Lake Sary-Chelek
  • Merzbacher Lake
  • Saryköl
  • Song Köl Lake

Laos

Lebanon

Maldives

Myanmar

Nepal

  • Fewa Lake
  • Rara Lake
  • Rupa Lake
  • Begnas Lake
  • Shey phoksundo lake
  • Tilicho Lake
  • Gosaikunda Lake

Oman

Pakistan

Lake Saiful Muluk, Kaghan Valley, Pakistan
Rush Lake (Pakistan), the highest lake in Pakistan and 27th-highest in the world[5]
  • Attabad Lake
  • Ansoo Lake
  • Banjosa Lake
  • Dudipatsar Lake
  • Hanna Lake
  • Karambar Lake
  • Kundol Lake
  • Lulusar Lake
  • Mahodand Lake
  • Payee Lake
  • Pyala Lake
  • Shangrila Lake

Philippines

Russia

Saudi Arabia

  • Al-Asfar Lake
  • Sabkhat Matti

Sri Lanka

Syria

Tajikistan

Thailand

Turkey

United Arab Emirates - UAE

Yemen

Palestine

Taiwan

Chiaming Lake in Taitung County, Taiwan
  • Bitan Lake
  • Changpi Lake
  • Chengcing Lake
  • Chiaming Lake
  • Cueifong Lake
  • Gugang Lake
  • Jinshi Lake
  • Lantan Lake
  • Liyu Lake
  • Longtan Lake
  • Meihua Lake
  • Milk Lake
  • Sun Moon Lake
  • Zhongzheng Lake

Europe

International lakes of Europe

Republic of Albania

Andorra

Armenia

Austria

  • Ahornsee

Azerbaijan

Belarus

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Croatia

Cyprus

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Kazakhstan

Latvia

  • Lake Lubāns
  • Lake Rāzna
  • Lake Engure

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Moldova

Monaco

North Macedonia

Norway

Poland

Russia

San Marino

Serbia

Slovakia

  • Morské oko
  • Štrbské pleso
  • Zemplínska šírava
  • Zlaté Piesky
  • Blatné
  • Jazero

Slovenia

Spain

  • Lake of Banyoles
  • El Atazar Dam
  • Estanys de Baiau
  • Lakes of Covadonga
  • Embalse de Navacerrada
  • Sanabria Lake Natural Park

Sweden

Switzerland

Turkey

Ukraine

United Kingdom

North and Central America

International lakes of North America

Listed in order of occurrence from easternmost border terminus to the westernmost

Antigua and Barbuda

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Canada

Cuba

Dominica

Dominican Republic

El Salvador

Grenada

Guatemala

Haiti

Honduras

Jamaica

Mexico

Nicaragua

Panama

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Trinidad and Tobago

United States of America - USA

The Great Lakes on June 23, 2022, from the International Space Station

Oceania

Australia

Federated States of Micronesia

Fiji

Kiribati

Marshall Islands

Nauru

  • Buada Lagoon

New Zealand

Palau

Samoa

Solomon Islands

Tonga

Tuvalu

Vanuatu

South America

International lakes of South America

Colombia

Ecuador

Guyana

Paraguay

Peru

Suriname

Venezuela

Former lakes

Extraterrestrial lakes

Titan

See also

References

  1. See map in Aldhous, Peter (August 23, 2014). "First samples of Antarctic lake reveal thriving life". New Scientist: 12. Archived from the original on August 23, 2014.
  2. "Lakes of Asia, Landforms of Asia – Worldatlas.com". WorldAtlas. Reunion Technology Inc. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  3. Micklin, Philip; Aladin, Nikolay V. (April 2008). "Reclaiming the Aral Sea". Scientific American. Retrieved May 17, 2008.
  4. "Aral Sea 'one of the planet's worst environmental disasters'". The Daily Telegraph. London. April 5, 2010. Archived from the original on April 8, 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  5. "The Highest Lake in the World". highestlake.com. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
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