Have you ever been to a local lake? How big was it? I only ask because these ten lakes you are about to see are so big, that some of them are practically seas rather than lakes, but why are they classed as lakes? Let’s find out…
The Top 10 Longest Lakes in the Entire World
10 – Great Slave Lake (Approximate Area: 10,000 sq mi)
Great Slave Lake was put on European maps during the emergence of the fur trade towards the northwest from Hudson Bay in the mid 18th century.
9 – Lake Malawi (Approximate Area: 11,400 sq mi)
Said to be the most beautiful lake in the world it is home to some of the world’s rarest fish, in fact over 240 species of fish only live here!
8 – Great Bear Lake (Approximate Area: 12,000 sq mi)
The largest lake in Canada is said to be home of the Sahtu Dene people, but it got its name from the Grizzly Bear Mountain on the shore
7 – Lake Baikal (Approximate Area: 12,200 sq mi)
This is said to be the world’s oldest freshwater lake and it is thought be to over 25 million years old!
6 – Lake Tanganyika (Approximate Area: 12,600 sq mi)
Not only very large, but also one of the deepest lakes in the world with it’s the deepest trench being a staggering 4,710 feet deep!
5 – Lake Michigan (Approximate Area: 22,000 sq mi)
Forget the Bermuda Triangle, the Lake Michigan Triangle is home to far more strange disappearances and odd sightings.
4 – Lake Huron (Approximate Area: 23,000 sq mi)
Much like Loch Ness, Lake Huron is also said to be home of a sea creature, only this one is called “Mishebeshu” and is said to live in an underwater den in the lake.
3 – Lake Victoria (Approximate Area: 26,590 sq mi)
Located in east central Africa, it is named after Queen Victoria, but unlike Queen Victoria it is thought to be around 400,000 year old.
2 – Lake Superior (Approximate Area: 31,700 sq mi)
It is thought that more than 78 species of fish call this lake their home and they are mostly found in the 483 ft depths.
1 – Caspian Sea (Approximate Area: 168,000 sq mi)
As you might have guessed by looking at these ten lake locations on the map, a lake is a body of water enclosed inland and this is the Caspian Sea, officially the world’s largest lake. But due to it being so big it is also classed as a sea. Tomato, Tomato I suppose.