Largest Lakes by Volume 2024

Below is a list of the largest lakes by volume:

Lake Baikal-Asia (5,670 cubic miles)

Nestled in southern Siberia, Russia, lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake globally, occupying up to 23% of the inland freshwater bodies. It claims approximately 12,248 square miles and goes deep down, close to 1,642 meters.

Professional divers and hydrologists argue that the Blue Eye of Siberia is even deeper than the Caspian sea. According to anecdotes, lake Baikal has existed for more than 25 million years, making it one of the oldest lakes globally.

It is home to more than 1,000 aquatic plants and animals like the Baikal seal, omul, amphipods, Baikal sturgeon, etc. The other attractions within the lake include the great Baikal trail and Listvyanka village on the western shoreline, which is visitors’ favorite for wildlife spotting and ice skating during summer and winter, respectively.

Lake Tanganyika, Africa (4,500 Cubic Miles)

Lake Tanganyika comes second after Lake Baikal, with a water volume of approximately 4,500 cubic miles and a depth of 1,436 meters (4,710 feet). This volume translates to around 26% of the available freshwater mass.

Lake Tanganyika spans over 32,893 sq. km area. It is shared between four African countries, including Burundi, Zambia, Congo and Tanzania. It drains into the Congo River. Visitors to the area enjoy diving, sailing, snorkeling, excursions or exploring Katavi National Park.

Lake Superior, North America (2,932 Cubic Miles)

As the name suggests, Lake Superior is the greatest of the five North American lakes, holding up to 2,900 cubic miles of water and going down to approximately 1,333 feet. It is the third-largest lake in the world.

The lake is supplied by more than 100 rivers, including the Pic river, St Louis River, Nipigon river, and Pigeon river. It splits into the United States and Canada, then exits into Lake Huron through St. Mary's river.

The lake hosts numerous aquatic animals like the lake sturgeon, trout, midsize fish and crustaceans.

Visitors to the lake enjoy various water activities like swimming, diving, and fishing. The other attractions within the lake include the Presque Isle Park, Copper Falls State Park, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum etc.

Lake Malawi, Africa (1865 Cubic Miles)

Featuring 2,000 cubic miles and a depth of 2,316 feet, Lake Malawi is the fourth largest freshwater lake globally and second in Africa. It partially covers three African countries, including Tanzania, Mozambique, and Malawi.

Besides being one of the most prominent freshwater lakes, Lake Malawi is home to more than 1,000 fish species, including the colorful African Cichlid.

Visitors to the lake can enjoy fishing, kayaking, and snorkeling on Likoma Island. Alternatively, they can go for nightlife at Zithere Pano nightclub. The amusements list is endless!

Lake Michigan, North America (1,180 Cubic Miles)

Lake Michigan is one of North America’s great lakes, based exclusively in the United States.

Featuring 1,180 cubic miles, 923 feet in depth and 22,404 square miles of surface area, lake Michigan is the second largest of the great five and the sixth most prominent freshwater lake in the globe by volume.

The lake offers excellent habitat for various aquatic plants and animals, including diatoms, lake whitefish, rainbow trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, etc. Visitors to the lake can enjoy kayaking, swimming, or exploring the nearby attractions.