Which is the Largest Freshwater Lake in the World?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Lake Superior is the Largest Freshwater Lake in the World situated on the USA and Canada border with approx 82,103 square kilometers of area. It is the largest freshwater lake in Canada, also. Thunder Bay, Superior, Duluth, Marie, Sault Ste, and Marquette are cities around the lake. Lakes containing neither brackish nor saline water are known as freshwater lakes. Freshwater lakes are a major source of drinking water in the world.

Largest Freshwater Lake in the World

Lake Superior is the world’s largest freshwater lake in terms of area. Lake Superior holds about 10% of the world’s surface fresh water. The St. Marys River and the Soo Locks are used to empty Lake Superior into Lake Huron.

After Lake Baikal in Siberia and Lake Tanganyika in East Africa, Superior Lake is the biggest freshwater lake in the world by area and the third most extensive by volume. Freshwater is scarce compared to saltwater, but there is a lot for human consumption but inadequate for anyone’s greed.

Facts about Largest Freshwater Lake in the World

Despite being brackish, the Caspian Sea is more significant than Lake Superior in surface area and volume. Here are a few facts about the freshwater lakes in the world:

  • Lake Superior has a maximum depth of 406 m; the average depth is 147m. It has a maximum length of 560 km and a maximum breadth of 257 km.
  • Victoria Lake is the largest freshwater lake on the African continent and 2nd most significant in the world. Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania surround it.
  • Lake Erie is the eleventh largest lake in terms of surface area. Niagara Falls is located between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.
  • Lake Baikal has a maximum depth of 1,642 m. The average depth is 758m. It is 636km long and 81 km wide; the surface area is about 31,700 sq. km.

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