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Lake Name Maximum depth in feet Lake Description
Lake Baikal
(Eastern Siberia, Russia)
5,314 Lake Baikal Pictures Also known as: Lake Baykal, Sacred Sea, Pearl of Siberia, Blue Eye of Siberia, Galapagos of Russia
Russia's national treasure, Lake Baikal, is the world's deepest lake and is our planet's largest freshwater lake measured by water volume. Its bottom is 4,215 feet below sea level. Lake Baikal contains about 1/5 of Earth's unfrozen surface freshwater. It is also one of the most biologically diverse ...
Lake Tanganyika
(African Great Lakes / Burundi / Congo (DRC) / Kigoma, Tanzania / Rukwa, Tanzania / Zambia)
4,708 Lake Tanganyika Pictures Located in the Western Great Rift Valley of Africa, the crystal clear water of Lake Tanganyika reaches across four countries - Burundi, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania. Stretching 420 miles, this lake is the longest freshwater lake in the world and has a maximum width of 31 miles ...
Sognefjord
(Norway)
4,291 Sognefjord Pictures Also known as: Sognafjord
Often called 'King of the Fjords', Sognefjord is Norway's longest fjord. Sognefjord is also the third longest fjord in the world. An amazing 4,291 feet deep in some areas, the spectacular fjord is set between steep cliffs soaring another 3,300 feet above the water's surface. Averaging over 2.5 miles ...
Caspian Sea
(Azerbaijan / Iran / Kazakhstan / Northern Caucases, Russia / Povolzhsky, Russia / Turkmenistan)
3,363 Caspian Sea Pictures Also known as: Mazandaran Sea, Khazar Sea, Khvalyn Sea
With the largest volume of any saltwater "lake" on earth, the Caspian Sea holds well over 62 billion acre-feet of saltwater. Many classify the Caspian Sea not as a lake, but as an inland sea. (There is no widely accepted definition of "lake," but most exclude bodies of saltwater.) Considered by many ...
Lake Vostok
(Antarctica)
3,000 Lake Vostok Pictures January 2013 Update: The Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute announced that the Russian team reached lake water ice on January 10, 2013, successfully extracting a clean water sample from the lake. The scientific community eagerly awaits analysis of the reportedly untainted core sample, in ...
Lago O'Higgins
(Santa Cruz, Argentina / Chile)
2,743 Lago O'Higgins Pictures Also known as: Lago Bernardo O'Higgins, Lago San Martin
Reaching Lago O'Higgins on the Chile/Argentina border takes some effort. Lago O'Higgins is known as Lago San Martin on the Argentina side. Located in the Patagonian Aisen (or Aysen) Region, Lago O'Higgins is the deepest lake in the Americas. With a maximum depth of 2,743 feet, this is not only the deepest ...
Lake Pinatubo
(Philippines)
2,625 Lake Pinatubo Pictures Also known as: Lawa ni Apo Malyari
Lake Pinatubo was created in the aftermath of the second largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century. Located in the crater of Mount Pinatubo in the Tarlac province of central Luzon, Philippines, the rainfall-fed lake has become a tourism destination in its own right and the deepest lake in the country. ...
Lake Malawi
(African Great Lakes / Malawi / Mozambique / Iringa, Tanzania / Mbeya, Tanzania / Ruvuma, Tanzania)
2,316 Lake Malawi Pictures Also known as: Lake Nyasa, Lake Nyassa, Lake Niassa, Lago Niassa
Located in the East African Rift Valley system between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, Lake Malawi -- also known as Lake Nyasa, Lake Nyassa, Lake Niassa, and Lago Niassa -- is the third-largest lake in Africa at over 7,314,319 acres. It also has the distinction of being the second deepest lake in Africa ...
Issyk Kul
(Kyrgyzstan)
2,192 Issyk Kul Pictures Also known as: Ysyk Kol, Issyk-Kol
Little-known Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan is poised to become Central Asia's most famous tourism destination. Popular among citizens of the former USSR, the new and refurbished resorts and health spas of Issyk Kul are now open for business and beckon all those with an adventurous spirit to the second-largest ...
Great Slave Lake
(Northwest Territories, Canada)
2,010 Great Slave Lake Pictures Great Slave Lake is the fifth-largest lake (by acreage) in North America and, following Great Bear Lake, is the second-largest in Canada. A natural lake, it is located in south-central Northwest Territories (NWT). Great Slave Lake is just south of the Arctic Circle and completely frozen five and a half ...
Crater Lake
(Oregon, USA)
1,943 Crater Lake Pictures Crater Lake is on the crest of the Cascade Range in southern Oregon, about 100 miles from the ocean, and is the centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake's gorgeous deep blue water highlights its amazing depth of 1943 feet - the deepest lake in the United States and seventh deepest freshwater ...
Lago General Carrera
(Santa Cruz, Argentina / Chile)
1,936 Lago General Carrera Pictures Also known as: Lago Buenos Aires
Indisputably one of the world's most beautiful natural wonders, the Marble Cathedral of Lago General Carrera is one that most people will never see. This large turquoise lake is in the Patagonia region of Chile and crosses the border into Argentina where it is known as Lake Buenos Aires. The second-largest ...
Lake Matano
(Indonesia)
1,936 Lake Matano Pictures Also known as: Lake Matana, Danan Matano
One of the world's ten deepest lakes,* Lake Matano on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia is also one of the most unique. The picturesque, spring-fed lake covers 44,500 acres with some of the clearest water ever experienced. Headwaters of the Malili Lakes system, Lake Matano is fed by the Penten River ...
Lake Toba
(Indonesia)
1,736 Lake Toba Pictures Also known as: Danau Toba
If you yearn for an exotic locale, you couldn't find one better than Lake Toba. Located in the province of North Sumatra in Indonesia, Lake Toba is the largest permanent lake in Southeast Asia. The lake is the result of a supervolcano about 75,000 years ago, believed to be the largest volcanic explosion ...
Hornindalsvatnet
(Norway)
1,686 Hornindalsvatnet Pictures Also known as: Hornindalsvatn, Hornindalsvatn Lake
Considered the deepest lake in Europe, Norway's Hornindalsvatn Lake is perfectly placed to host a western Norway holiday. Surrounded by mountains, glaciers and fjords, Hornindalsvatn Lake, like the steep fjords that slice through the Norwegian coastline, was scoured out by ice during the last ice age. ...
Lake Tahoe
(California, USA / Nevada, USA)
1,645 Lake Tahoe Pictures Tucked into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and straddling the California-Nevada state line, Lake Tahoe is one of the most famous lakes in the United States. It's the second deepest lake in the country (only Crater Lake in Oregon is deeper), and was home to the area's 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics. ...
Argentino Lake
(Santa Cruz, Argentina)
1,640 Argentino Lake Pictures Also known as: Lago Argentino, Lake Argentino
Argentino Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Argentina, covers a massive 362,255 acres in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, Argentina. The lake lies within the Los Glaciares National Park, tucked away in the Andes Mountains. The landscape of the area is definitely unique with its massive ice ...
Lake Kivu
(African Great Lakes / Congo (DRC) / Rwanda)
1,591 Lake Kivu Pictures Also known as: Lac Kivu
Lake Kivu is one of the youngest of the African Great Lakes. Located in the Rift Valley, Lake Kivu is thought to be only 15,000 years old. Forming part of the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the lake formed during the Pleistocene Era when volcanic events in the Virunga ...
Lake Chelan
(Washington, USA)
1,486 Lake Chelan Pictures From the Salish Indian word for "deep notch", Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in the United States with a maximum depth of almost 1500 feet. Lake Chelan is long and narrow, stretching more than 50 miles in length with an average width of one mile. This north-central Washington lake nestled within ...
Lake Van
(Turkey)
1,480 Lake Van Pictures Also known as: Van Goiu
Turkey's Lake Van is a spectacular example of a very old lake surrounded by a very old culture. Located in the far eastern area of Turkey called Anatolia near the border with Iraq, Iran and Armenia, this ancient portion of the Silk Road has been conquered and re-conquered so many times that it's difficult ...
Great Bear Lake
(Northwest Territories, Canada)
1,463 Great Bear Lake Pictures Great Bear Lake is located in the Northwest Territories of Canada. It is a natural lake, encircled by wilderness, and the largest lake completely in Canada. Great Bear Lake is on the Arctic Circle and ice-covered eight months out of the year. With an area of over 7 million acres and more than 26 islands, ...
Lake Wakatipu
(South Island, New Zealand)
1,378 Lake Wakatipu Pictures Lake Wakatipu on the South Island of New Zealand is fuel for myths, a backdrop for Hollywood movies and a destination for adventure seekers. The depths of Lake Wakatipu reach below sea level where native people believe a giant's heart beats. Its waters were the setting for the movie "The Water Horse: ...
Lake Como
(Lombardy, Italy)
1,345 Lake Como Pictures One of the most recognizable and visited European lakes, Lake Como -- also known as the Lago di Como -- snuggles into the mountains and valleys of the Lombardy region of Italy. With over 36,000 acres and almost 1,350 feet deep, it is the third largest lake in Italy and one of the deepest lakes in Europe. ...
Lake Superior
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Michigan, USA / Minnesota, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
1,332 Lake Superior Pictures Skipping over state and country borders, Lake Superior, the largest, deepest, coldest, cleanest, least developed, and most pristine of the Great Lakes, reigns as the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. By volume, this 31,820 square mile colossus ranks fourth - a whopping 2,900 cubic ...
Lake Hawea
(South Island, New Zealand)
1,286 Lake Hawea Pictures Surrounded by towering mountains in Central Otago of New Zealand's South Island, Lake Hawea is a lake that was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. It is in the heart of what is often called a golden country. Central Otago was marked by a powerful gold rush of the 1860s that left a rich history ...

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