Deepest Lakes in North America


Dataset of the deepest lakes in the North America - among these, are the Great Lakes of North America - Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Combined, these great lakes have a total volume of 22,671 km³, a shade less than the volume of Lake Baikal (23,615 km³), the 2nd biggest lake by water volume in the world (first being the Caspian Sea - at 78,200 km³ ). However, the Great Lakes do not claim the title of the deepest and second deepest lakes in North America.

Compare Lake Superior with Lake Michigan.

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The Great Slave Lake is the deepest lake (614m) in North America - the only lake exceeding 600m in maximum depth. Three lakes exceed 500m in depth - they are the Crater Lake (594m), Quesnel Lake (511m) and Lake Tahoe (501m).


The Great Slave Lake of Canada is the deepest lake in North America and reaches a maximum depth of 614m. With a surface area of 27,000 km2, it is also one of the largest lakes by area (10th largest) in the world - an area comparable to the size of Belgium. The Great Slave Lake holds 1,560 km3 of water. The name 'Great Slave' is derived from the Slavey Indians, which were one of the indigenous Athapaskan tribes living on its southern shores in the mid-18th century.

Compare Great Slave Lake with Hornindalsvatnet Lake, deepest lake in Europe

Beautiful aerial view of the Great Slave Lake at Yellowknife

Crater Lake. Southward in the United States,  in second place, the Crater Lake goes as deep as 594m. The Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States of America. It covers a surface area of 53 km2, holding 18.7 km3 of water. It is the main feature of Crater Lake National Park and is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity.

Compare the Crater Lake with Lake Superior

Photo of Crater Lake, caldera lake of Crater Lake National Park (Credit: ainubrazvi/Wikipedia under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)


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Scenic video of Crater Lake @ Crater Lake National Park


Lake Quesnel, located in Canada, is the third deepest lake in North America, with a maximum depth of 511m. It spans an area of 286 km2 and contains 41.8 km3 of water.

Compare Lake Quesnel with the Great Bear Lake, largest lake by surface area that is entirely within Canada

Photo of Lake Quesnel overlooking the Quesnel Highlands (Credit:larry griffith/Wikimedia under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)


There's more to learn about the deepest lakes. Select any of the lists below:

  Lake Baikal and the world's deepest lakes

  Hornindalsvatnet Lake and Europe's deepest lakes

  Great Slave Lake and North America's deepest lakes

  O'Higgins-San Martín  and South America's deepest lakes

  Lake Baikal and Asia's deepest Lakes

  Tanganyika Lake and Africa's deepest lakes

Or check out Largest Lakes in North America.


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