World’s 25 Largest Lakes, by Area

A lake is an area filled with water, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land, apart from any river or other outlet that serves to feed or drain the lake.

According to satelite data there are 117 million lakes to be found worldwide. These lakes covering almost 4% of the world’s land surface.

The Caspian Sea is the biggest lake in the world. The Caspian Sea spreads out over nearly 750 miles (1,200 km) from north to south, with an average width of 200 miles (320 km). It covers a region of around 149,200 square miles (386,400 square km) – bigger than the region of Japan.
RankLake NameSurface AreaWater volumeTypeCountries on shoreline
1Caspian Sea371,000 km2 (143,000 sq mi)78,200 km3 (18,800 cu mi)Saline (1.2%) Kazakhstan,  Russia,  Turkmenistan,  Azerbaijan, Iran
2Superior82,100 km2 (31,700 sq mi)11,600 km3 (2,800 cu mi)Freshwater Canada, Unties States
3Victoria68,800 km2 (26,600 sq mi) 2,700 km3 (650 cu mi)Freshwater Uganda,  Kenya,  Tanzania
4Huron59,600 km2 (23,000 sq mi)3,540 km3 (850 cu mi)Freshwater Canada, Unties States
5Michigan58,000 km2 (22,000 sq mi)4,920 km3 (1,180 cu mi)FreshwaterUnited States
6Tanganyika32,900 km2 (12,700 sq mi)18,900 km3 (4,500 cu mi)Freshwater Burundi,  Tanzania,  Zambia,  D.R.C.
7Baikal31,722 km2 (12,248 sq mi)23,600 km3 (5,700 cu mi)Freshwater Russia
8Great Bear Lake31,153 km2 (12,028 sq mi)2,236 km3 (536 cu mi)Freshwater Canada
9Malawi29,600 km2 (11,400 sq mi) 7,725 km3 (1,853 cu mi) Freshwater Malawi,  Mozambique,  Tanzania
10Great Slave Lake27,200 km2 (10,500 sq mi)1,580 km3 (380 cu mi)Freshwater Canada
11Erie25,667 km2 (9,910 sq mi)480 km3 (120 cu mi)Freshwater Canada, Unties States
12Winnipeg24,514 km2 (9,465 sq mi)284 km3 (68 cu mi)Freshwater Canada
13Ontario18,960 km2 (7,320 sq mi)1,710 km3 (410 cu mi) Freshwater Canada, Unties States
14Ladoga17,700 km2 (6,800 sq mi)908 km3 (218 cu mi)Freshwater Russia
15Balkhash16,400 km2 (6,300 sq mi)112 km3 (27 cu mi)Saline (0.3%) Kazakhstan
16Vostok15,690 km2 (6,060 sq mi)6,200 km³ (~1,300 cu mi)Freshwater Antarctica
17Onega9,700 km2 (3,700 sq mi)295 km3 (71 cu mi)Freshwater Russia
18Titicaca8,372 km2 (3,232 sq mi)893 km3 (214 cu mi)Freshwater Bolivia, Peru
19Nicaragua8,264 km2 (3,191 sq mi)108 km3 (26 cu mi) Freshwater Nicaragua
20Athabasca7,850 km2 (3,030 sq mi)110 km3 (26 cu mi)Freshwater Canada
21Taymyr4,560 km2 (1,760 sq mi) 12.8 km3 (3.1 cu mi)Freshwater Russia
22Turkana6,405 km2 (2,473 sq mi)204 km3 (49 cu mi)Saline (0.24%) Kenya,  Ethiopia
23Reindeer Lake5,650 km2 (2,180 sq mi)95.25 km3 (22.85 cu mi)Freshwater Canada
24Issyk-Kul6,236 km2 (2,408 sq mi)1,730 km3 (420 cu mi)Saline (0.6%) Kyrgyzstan
25Urmia5,200 km2 (2,000 sq mi)2.5 km3 (0.6 cu mi)Saline (18%) Iran

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World’s 25 Largest Lakes, by Area