Top 10 Famous Lakes of the World

Updated on May 9, 2016

There are many lakes in this world, but not all of them are famous. We all know about the Caspian Sea, which is indeed one of the most famous lake in the world. But may be some people don't know that its not a sea but a lake, a salt water lake.

Lakes are fresh water bodies that are enclosed by land from all sides. The primary difference between a lake and a river is that, rivers are connected to a sea and some how end up in it. Lakes however have no place to go, they can be fed, by stream coming out of melting glaciers, or rivers.

Lakes are considered to be a very temporary water body, and may end up dried with changing geological conditions. We all are aware of the tragedy of the Aral Sea, and who knows when any other lake will dry up. So measures should be taken for their preservation.

Here are a few of many world famous lakes:

Satellite image of The shrinking Aral Sea
Satellite image of The shrinking Aral Sea

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, in term of volume, stands on second and, in terms of depth; stands on first in world’s lakes. This lake is located in Russia (province Irkutsk), republic of Buryatia and eastern part of Siberia.

In measurements, this lake is 1741 meters deep (5315 ft), covers an area of 31494 sq kilo meters (12160 square miles) and has a volume of 22995 ICU km (18760 ICU miles). On a rough estimate this lakes provides world’s 20% of fresh water. 

Lake Baikal Pics

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Frozen Lake Baikal in winterFrozen Lake Baikal in winterFrozen Lake Baikal in winterFrozen Lake Baikal in winterLake Baikal in summerLake Baikal in summerLake Baikal in summerLake Baikal sealsA shore of Lake BaikalGreen landscape around Lake Baikal
Frozen Lake Baikal in winter
Frozen Lake Baikal in winter
Frozen Lake Baikal in winter
Frozen Lake Baikal in winter
Frozen Lake Baikal in winter
Frozen Lake Baikal in winter
Frozen Lake Baikal in winter
Frozen Lake Baikal in winter
Lake Baikal in summer
Lake Baikal in summer
Lake Baikal in summer
Lake Baikal in summer
Lake Baikal in summer
Lake Baikal in summer
Lake Baikal seals
Lake Baikal seals
A shore of Lake Baikal
A shore of Lake Baikal
Green landscape around Lake Baikal
Green landscape around Lake Baikal
Lough Neagh
Lough Neagh

Lough Neagh

Lough Neage is a fresh water lake of Northern Ireland.

It covers an area of 381.74 square kilometers which is approximately equals to 147.39 square miles.

This lake is largest lake of British Isles, and one of the forty largest lakes in Europe.

Caspian Sea

Caspian Sea, named after old Kaspi peoples who used to lives in Transcaucasia, is fresh water lake in central Asia.

This lake is in Russia and Iran. According to area it is world’s largest lake, and according to depth it is world’s 3rd deepest lake among all lakes.

This lake has an area of 371000 square meters (143244 square miles), with depth of 1025 meters (3363 ft) and measures 78200 cubic kilometers of volume which makes about 18760 cubic miles. 

Caspian Sea Pics

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Beautiful Caspian CoastDeep blue Caspian SeaA cliff on the Caspian SeaSandy Caspian shoreCaspian Sea shore in, TurkmenistanCaspian Sea wavesMorning at the Caspian SeaAn Island in the Caspian SeaFlamingo's fishing in the Caspian Sea
Beautiful Caspian Coast
Beautiful Caspian Coast
Deep blue Caspian Sea
Deep blue Caspian Sea
A cliff on the Caspian Sea
A cliff on the Caspian Sea
Sandy Caspian shore
Sandy Caspian shore
Caspian Sea shore in, Turkmenistan
Caspian Sea shore in, Turkmenistan
Caspian Sea waves
Caspian Sea waves
Morning at the Caspian Sea
Morning at the Caspian Sea
An Island in the Caspian Sea
An Island in the Caspian Sea
Flamingo's fishing in the Caspian Sea
Flamingo's fishing in the Caspian Sea
Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika

Tanganyika is a fresh water lake in Africa. According to estimates this lake is second deepest (1471 meters, 4825 miles) and fifth largest (32,893 sq km, 12700 sq miles) and third greatest volume lake (17800 cubic kilometers, 4270 cubic miles)in the world.

This lake makes a boundary between Tanzania and Congo. This lake also divides eastern and western Africa. 

Lake Superior
Lake Superior

Lake Superior

Superior is largest among all five lakes of North America. To south, it is bounded by Michigan and Wisconsin and to north; it is bounded by Minnesota and Canadian province Ontario.

This lake is considered as one of largest water surface fresh water lake among all. Its volume is 12100 cubic kilometers which is approximately equals to 2903 cubic miles. 

Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

This fresh water lake is lying across highlands and largest among all Scottish lakes.

The very famous fresh water island Inchmurrin, British Isle’s largest fresh water island, is in this lake.

For the people, especially of Glasgow, this is a pure leisure destination. It covers an area of 71.12 sq km (27.46 sq miles).

Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is largest reservoir of river Nile. Victoria is one of the African great lakes, it is also known as Victoria Nyanza, Sango, Lolwe and Nalubalee.

This lake is mainly in Uganda and Tanzania but borders ar Kenya.

This lake has more than 200 species of fishes among which Talipia is most important from economical point of view. The area of Lake Victoria is 69,485 sq km (26,828 sq miles).

Lake Loch Ness
Lake Loch Ness

Loch Ness

This lake has largest volume of fresh water in Great Britain. This contains more fresh water than combine water of all lakes in England and Wales.

At some points it is deeper than London’s BT tower with the depth of 230 meters (755 feet), it is deepest lake in Great Britain while keeping Loch Morar as an exception.

Surface area this lake covers is almost 56.64 square kilometers (21.87 sq miles). Like many other lakes in Scotland, Loch Ness is also said to have some aquatic monsters in it.

Frozen Great Slave Lake
Frozen Great Slave Lake

Great Slave Lake

Great slave is second largest fresh lake, after Great Bear Lake, in Canada (Northwest Territories).

This lake has a depth of 614 meters, approximately equals to 2015 feet and is deepest lake in North America and one of the top ten deepest lakes of the world.

This lake is named after on the name of Slavey North American Indian. This lake has small fishing industry for trout and whitefish and has many small islands in it. 

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, is in east Africa and one of and third among largest East African Rift Valley Lakes.

In 1616, a Portuguese, named Casper Boccaro, reported this lake, and the person who reach here first by south in 1859 was a British explorer named David Living Stone.

The volume of this lake is 8400 km3 (approx. 2015 miles3). 

Drying Lakes And Rivers Of The World

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        hailey baker 

        8 months ago

        hi, i'm 11 and i am doing this project in social studies and i was seeing if you could make more so i can copy and paste thanks your friend hailey

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        ROAR200 

        8 months ago

        why not lake Erie?

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        Abhiroop 

        11 months ago

        A beautiful river .

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        shanna 

        22 months ago

        impresive

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        waqar 

        6 years ago

        beautiful

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        k.sai ruthvik 

        6 years ago

        i feel very sorry after watching this video clip....we waste gallonropss of water in d world and on the other side people struggle a lot for few drops....please dont waste water....

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        Pramod Kumar Rajput 

        6 years ago

        i like the most netural beauty.

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        Kemisola 

        6 years ago

        Dis post is wonderful it educate more. Keep on the good hand work.

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        Pamela Lipscomb 

        6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

        Wow this is a great hub! Vote up! Useful!

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        pady 

        7 years ago

        this is so nice. it is tough to come across a list of the famous lakes when there are so many. thanks a lot.

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        Aaron 

        7 years ago

        I think lake louis Canada should be on there because i have been on so many sites and lake superior is not in any of them

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        joyax abas 

        7 years ago

        = wow nice =

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        KLeichester 

        7 years ago

        I like this post. Thanks. I enjoyed reading it.

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        PaperNotes 

        7 years ago

        That was an interesting read. I never knew of these lakes that seem already like the sea with their vastness and size. Thanks for sharing.

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        bob 

        7 years ago

        nice

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        sohal 

        8 years ago

        precious information for all people

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        quinton9cherry 

        8 years ago

        Very interesting. I've been to lake Victoria in Africa and its absolutely bueatiful.

        Nice hub! I'll be following :)

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        hassam 

        8 years ago from Pakistan

        Thanks for reading!

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        BJBenson 

        8 years ago from USA

        Thank you all the information. Nice hub.

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