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Lake Name Shoreline length in miles Lake Description
Lake of the Woods
(Manitoba, Canada / Ontario, Canada / Minnesota, USA)
25,000 Lake of the Woods Pictures Spanning the border from Minnesota into the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba, Lake of the Woods is an enormous body of water over 68 miles long, 59 miles wide, with 25,000 miles of shoreline - the world's longest lake shoreline. The western part of the lake is mostly open water, while the ...
Great Salt Lake
(Utah, USA)
10,000 Great Salt Lake Pictures Also known as: America's Dead Sea
Sometimes called "America's Dead Sea," the Great Salt Lake occupies approximately 1,700 square miles of Utah's real estate. It is the second largest lake (by surface area) that is wholly contained within the USA; only Lake Michigan is larger. Great Salt Lake boasts the USA's longest lake shoreline - ...
Lake Saimaa
(Finland)
8,500 Lake Saimaa Pictures Also known as: Saimaa Lake, Saimaa Lake District, Saimaa
Lake Saimaa, in Finland's Lakeland Region, is a lake you could spend a lifetime exploring! Nearly 1700 square miles of water and over 13,500 islands make the Saimaa Lake District one of Finland's most striking water bodies. Created by the last receding glacier, the inter-connected lake basins cover ...
Lake Nasser
(Egypt)
5,592 Lake Nasser Pictures Also known as: Aswah High Dam Reservoir
Lake Nasser, in Egypt's Upper Region, is a modern technological marvel with ancient roots. In Egypt's extremely arid climate, the Nile and its annual floods have provided fertile sediments since before the time of recorded history. Attempts to dam the Nile have been on-going since at least the year ...
Lake Michigan-Huron
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA / Michigan, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
5,463 Lake Michigan-Huron Pictures Lake Michigan and Lake Huron - two of North America's Great Lakes - are contiguous and they share the same elevation of 577 feet above sea level. They are connected by the five-mile-wide Straits of Mackinac. Hydrologically, this makes these "two lakes" a single lake. Some hydrologists designate the ...
Lake Huron
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Michigan, USA)
3,825 Lake Huron Pictures A glacial lake of epic proportions, Lake Huron is the second largest of the five Great Lakes by surface area, boasting 23,010 square miles and an incredible 3,825-mile shoreline. The massive lake is the third largest of the Great Lakes by water volume, containing 850 cubic miles of fresh water within ...
Bratsk Reservoir
(Eastern Siberia, Russia)
3,728 It has been said that one of the most striking things about Siberia is the scale. Just the name conjures images of vast snowy expanses, impossibly thick forests and incredibly high mountains. Its manmade features maintain the sense of scale, and with well over a million acres of water, Bratsk Reservoir ...
Gouin Reservoir
(Quebec, Canada)
3,510 Gouin Reservoir Pictures Also known as: Reservoir Gouin
When the directions say 'turn off the paved road', you know you're on your way to Gouin Reservoir. Visitors can drive to the lake, but most opt to fly. Although leisurely driving along gravel roads through forests teeming with wildlife is attractive, most visitors are anxious to arrive at the massive ...
Caspian Sea
(Azerbaijan / Iran / Kazakhstan / Northern Caucases, Russia / Povolzhsky, Russia / Turkmenistan)
3,467 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 ...
Caniapiscau Reservoir
(Quebec, Canada)
3,010 Also known as: Lake Caniapiscau
"The money is not as useful as the land was before we lost it." -Chisasibi Cree Native About 9,000 years ago, the glaciers receded on the Laurentian Plateau of the Canadian Shield, leaving pockets of lakes in their wake. The rivers were fast and ran with snowmelt, and lakes covered the landscape. ...
Lake Volta
(Ghana)
2,983 Lake Volta Pictures Also known as: Volta Lake or Volta Reservoir
Lake Volta, the world's fourth largest reservoir, is located in the west African nation of Ghana. Known to locals as Volta Lake, it was built to provide electricity, fresh water and economic opportunities to the people of Ghana. The lake borders the regions of Volta, Central, Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, and ...
Reservoir Cabonga
(Quebec, Canada)
2,800 Reservoir Cabonga Pictures Also known as: Cabonga Reservoir, Cabonga Lake
A trip to Cabonga Reservoir in Quebec is the true definition of 'getting away from it all'. The massive reservoir covers 261 square miles, but only 187 square miles are water. Islands, peninsulas, and slivers of land between different pools within the reservoir occupy the remaining area. The entire ...
Lake Superior
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Michigan, USA / Minnesota, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
2,726 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 ...
Wollaston Lake
(Saskatchewan, Canada)
2,700 Wilderness adventures draw people to Wollaston Lake in northeastern Saskatchewan. Sparsely populated, Wollaston Lake is home to copious amounts of wildlife, birds and freshwater fishing fun. Wollaston is one of a few lakes in Saskatchewan offering anglers the chance to reel in pike, lake trout, walleye ...
Kentucky Lake
(Kentucky, USA / Tennessee, USA)
2,380 Kentucky Lake Pictures Kentucky Lake is the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi when measured by surface acres at "full pond," the normal water level: 184 miles long, 2 miles wide, 160,309 surface acres, and 2,380 miles of shoreline! The lake stretches south across the western tip of Kentucky into Tennessee. Kentucky ...
Lake Oahe
(North Dakota, USA / South Dakota, USA)
2,250 Lake Oahe Pictures Lake Oahe, named after an Oahe Indian Mission roughly translates "a foundation" or "a place to stand on." Spanning 231 miles from Pierre, South Dakota, to Bismarck, North Dakota, and with a shoreline of 2,250 miles, it is no wonder Lake Oahe is the nation's largest man-made reservoir in surface acreage ...
Lake Victoria
(African Great Lakes / Nyanza, Kenya / Western, Kenya / Kagera, Tanzania / Mara, Tanzania / Mwanza, Tanzania / Uganda)
2,138 Lake Victoria Pictures Also known as: Victoria Nyanza, Victoria Ukerewe, Victoria Nalubaale
Lake Victoria -- also known as Victoria Nyanza, Ukerewe, and Nalubaale -- rakes in the superlatives: it is the largest lake on the African continent by surface area, the largest tropical lake in the world, and the second largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. Joined by five others, Lake ...
Great Slave Lake
(Northwest Territories, Canada)
1,900 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 ...
Lake Powell
(Arizona, USA / Utah, USA)
1,900 Lake Powell Pictures Lake Powell is located in one of Southern Utah's most picturesque red-rock desert areas and Arizona's Navajo Indian Reservation. It is one of the most scenic reservoirs in the United States. At "full pond" (normal water level) it is the second-largest man-made reservoir in the USA by capacity. With ...
Smallwood Reservoir
(Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)
1,756 Wild, diverse and always impressive, Smallwood Reservoir is not a place to be taken lightly. Smallwood Reservoir is not a place for leisurely lakeside strolls and gourmet candlelight dinners. The area is best described in the provincial tourism brochure, where it says this is a land for the traveler ...
Lake Inari
(Finland)
1,724 Lake Inari Pictures Also known as: Lake Inarijarvi
Lake Inari, in the Lapland area of northern Finland, is a hot fishing destination. Also called Lake Inarijarvi, the huge lake near the northern tip of Finland is well-known as an ideal fishing lake for brown trout, lake trout, grayling, Arctic char, perch and whitefish. The third-largest lake in Finland, ...
Great Bear Lake
(Northwest Territories, Canada)
1,690 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 Michigan
(Great Lakes / Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA / Michigan, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
1,638 Lake Michigan Pictures As the only Great Lake nestled completely within the boundaries of the United States, Lake Michigan is the pride and joy of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. The lake boasts a huge area of 22,400 square miles, making it the largest freshwater lake (by surface area) in the world to be contained ...
Kuybyshev Reservoir
(Povolzhsky, Russia)
1,618 Also known as: Kuybyshevskoye Reservoir, Kuibyshev Reservoir
The Kuybyshev Reservoir or Kuybyshevskoye Reservoir is a 1,593,823-acre lake in the middle of the Volga and lower Kama rivers in west central (Middle Volga Region) Russia. The reservoir was created by the Zhiguli Hydroelectric Station dam located between the cities of Zhigulevsk and Togliatti in Samara ...
Fort Peck Lake
(Montana, USA)
1,520 Fort Peck Lake Pictures Fort Peck Lake, located 20 miles southeast of Glasgow, Montana on Montana Highway 24, is the 5th-largest man-made reservoir by volume in the United States and is Montana's largest lake. Named after an old trading post, Fort Peck Lake is one of six lakes on the Missouri River. The other five lakes are ...

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