Which is the Largest Freshwater Lake in the World?

By Manesh Singh|Updated : July 24th, 2022

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake with approx 82,103 square kilometers of the area situated on the USA and Canada border. It is the largest freshwater lake in Canada also. Thunder Bay, Superior, Duluth, Marie, Sault Ste, and Marquette are cities around the lake. Freshwater lakes are a major source of drinking water in the world. Freshwater is scarce compared to saltwater, but there is a lot for human consumption but inadequate for anyone's greed.

Lakes containing neither brackish nor saline water are known as freshwater lakes. The Caspian Sea is the lake surrounded by Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. It is in between Europe and Asia. The lake is not fresh water, but it is the largest lake in the world.

Largest Freshwater Lake in the world Facts

Lake Baikal, situated in the southern Siberia of Russia, is the largest freshwater lake in the world (by volume) and the deepest lake in the world. Here are a few facts about the lakes:

  • 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 largest 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.

Summary

Which is the Largest Freshwater Lake in the World?

Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world (by volume). It contains about 20% of the world's fresh water. Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area. Lake Superior holds about 10% of the world's surface fresh water.

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Largest Freshwater Lake in the World FAQs

  • Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by surface area (about 82000 sq. km). It is situated on the border between the United States of America and Canada.

  • Wular Lake is the largest freshwater lake in India. It is situated in the Kashmir valley. Its size is 189 square kilometers.

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