Deepest Lakes in South America

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At 836m, the O'Higgins-San Martín lake is the deepest lake in the Americas. General Carrera-Buenos Aires lake (586m) and Argentino lake (500m) are the other two lakes that have reached at least 500m in maximum depth.


The O'Higgins-San Martín lake (known as O'Higgins in Chile and San Martín in Argentina) is the deepest lake in South America, with a maximum depth of 836m. In fact, it is the deepest lake in the Americas (including North America), deeper than the Great Slave Lake of Canada (614m) which is the deepest lake in North America.

Compare O'Higgins-San Martin Lake with the Great Slave Lake.

At second-deepest in South America, is the General Carrera-Buenos Aires lake (referred to as General Carrera Lake in Chile and Lake Buenos Aires in Argentina),  with a maximum depth of 586m. The lake has a surface of 1,850 km2, of which 970 km2 are in the Chile and 880 km in the Argentine Santa Cruz Province.

Compare General Carrera-Buenos Aires Lake with the third-deepest lake of South America - Argentino Lake

Photo of General Carrera-Buenos Aires lake from Chile (Credit: Jorge Morales Piderit/Wikimedia)

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At half a kilometers (500m) deep, the Argentino Lake is the third-deepest in South America. Argentino lake is the largest freshwater lake in Argentina with a surface area of 1414 km2 and holding 219.9 km2 of water.

Compare Argentino Lake with Nahuel Huapi Lake, also of Argentina

Lake Titicaca is a large, deep lake in the Andes on the border of Bolivia and Peru, often called the "highest navigable lake" in the world, at the surface elevation of 3,812 metres (12,507 ft). Lake Titicaca is also the largest lake in South America, spanning an area of 8,372 km2 and holding 893 km3 of water.

Compare Lake Titicaca with the Cochrane/Pueyrredón Lake, also in South America

View of Lake Titicaca from the hills in the town of Puno (Credit: Helence81/wikimedia)

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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

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