Russia is the country with the maximum number of lakes after Canada. There are more than 2 lakhs lakes in Russia and most of these are artificial lakes. Yeah, this is quite a high number and explaining about all these lakes is obviously a difficult task. Though we have managed to collect information about the top 10 famous lakes in Russia. Whether we talk about technology, culture, tradition, art, or music, Russians are always one step ahead of other countries. The massive land piece of Russia comes on the list if we talk about the area. Hence it isn’t hard to believe that this massive landmark can contact approximately 2 lakhs lakes in it.
If you are cautious to know about the beautiful lakes of Russia then this article is completely dedicated to you. We have elaborated about the top 10 famous Russian lakes that will take your breath away with their beautiful views.
If you are a nemophilist then Russia can become your favourite spot. You can spend most of your time in the lap of nature either in between the forest or on the top of the mountains or on the coast of a sparkling lake. Believe it or not, spending your time on these beautiful lakes in Russia will not be a disappointing deal for anyone.
List of Most Beautiful Russian Lakes
1. Blue Lake (Tserik-Kol)
Blue Lake in Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia is the deepest lake in the world. The overall depth of Blue Lake varies from 30 to 55 metres depending on the climate. The most amazing thing about Blue Lake is its crystal clear blue water. Obviously, all lakes have water and most natural lakes have clear water. But the name of this lake truly justifies its name.
Don’t get confused with its clear water as the chemical reactions under the water have made this lake odorous. Moreover, the nickname “Tserik-Kel” given to the Blue Lake actually means “Stinky Lake.”
Location: Kabardino-Balkarian Republic, Russia, 361810
Area: 2500 km²
2. Baikal Lake
Russia never stops to amaze us with its contribution to the world record. Here is another thing that makes Russia different from others. Baikal Lake in Russia is still considered as the deepest and oldest freshwater lake in the world by volume. Around 20% of the overall freshwater available in the world is located in Baikal Lake.
Aside from the crystal clear water of Baikal Lake, the forested surroundings will amaze you with their delightful scenes. Nearby Baikal Lake there sits a stunning view of ice-covered Olkhon Island. Once you are done exploring Baikal Lake, head to Olkhon Island to click some panoramic pictures.
Location: Siberia, Russia
Area: 31,722 km²
3. Khanka Lake
Khanka Lake is situated on the boundaries of Russia and China and is sourced by a total of 13 rivers. This lake in Russia is home to various kinds of aquatic species, including soft-shelled turtles, Smurf tiger, red wolf, and Siberian Roe deer. Being an ancient lake, it has also managed to enlist its name in UNESCO’s World Biosphere Reserves in 2005.
Location: Primorsky Krai, Russia
Area: 4,190 km²
4. Chany Lake
You might not have heard the name of Lake Chany but the alluring beauty of this famous lake will bind you to praise it. It is a famous salt lake and its area fluctuates according to the climate. There are so many sagas related to this wonderful lake in Russia and one of them is that a man was eaten up by snakes. If you ever listen to such sage from local peoples then do not judge their story as most of these sagas are true.
The frosted location of Chany Lake looks very beautiful if you see it from the visitors’ point of view and it looks nothing less than a gem of Russian nature.
Location: Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia, 632315
Area: 2,000 km²
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5. Lake Ladoga
Lake Ladoga is the largest freshwater lake in Europe that features an island and several towns in it. The high altitude of Ladoga lake makes this different from others. Moreover, this lake is connected to the Baltic sea that terminated its journey in the Atlantic Ocean.
On the shores, you will see plenty of rocks of different shapes and sizes that are perfect to sit and click pictures in the evening. There are some lakeside resorts and restaurants along the Ladoga lake that offer the best hospitality to the visitors. You have to prebook these resorts for hassle-free accommodation.
Apart from the unique location of Ladoga lake, its biodiversity is also praiseworthy. You will get to see more than 48 species of fishes from the smallest one to the greatest one in the lake. Out of these, 25 species are those that have a great demand in the commercial market.
Location: Republic of Karelia and Leningrad Oblast, Northwestern Russia
Area: 17,700 km²
6. Onega Lake
Onega Lake is the second largest lake in Europe, located in the Karelia region. This lake encompasses more than 500 islands in it and each one of these is remotely located, you have to first cross the lake to visit any of these islands. A most famous island located in Onega Lake is Kizhi with an open-air museum. Also, there is a unique complex inside the museum that showcases wooden churches and various other historic buildings of Russia. Kizhi Pogost built in the 17th century is also listed among the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.
Onega Lake is home to vivid seized European smelt, Crucian carp, Atlantic salmon, Brown trout, and Thymallus. So, when you are here, how can you miss seeing the beautiful aquatic creatures with naked eyes.
Location: The Republic of Karelia, northwestern Russia.
Area: 9,700 km²
7. Lake Peipus
Lake Peipus is slightly different from the other lakes mentioned in the list of top 10 famous lakes in Russia. It is basically known as the least contaminated water body in Russia. Hence the water is clear enough to see the bottom surface. Though occasional herbs and shrubs in the lake have made the water unclear. There are lots of fishes in the lake including whitefish, whitebait, Peipsi whitefish, European smelt, bream roost, and many others that you will not get anywhere else.
We highly recommend you to visit Lake Peipus if you are in Russia because the tranquil ambiance of this lake will give ultimate peace to your body and soul.
Location: Border of Estonia and Russia
Area: 3,555 km²
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8. Lake Seliger
Lake Seliger in the extreme northern part of Russia is one of its kind. It is a combination of multiple islands that are mutually connected with each other in a beautiful manner. Apart from the natural landscape beauty of the lake, the forested land is something that even enhances the ambiance of the lake.
If you are looking for a family-friendly location to visit in Russia then you can definitely think of going to Seliger lake. Moreover, in the evening you will see multiple couples roaming the lakeside. You can also pre-plan your vacation for smooth accommodation.
Location: Ostashkov, Russia
Area: 212 km²
9. Lake Nero
Talking about the list of famous lakes in Russia and not mentioning the name of Nero lake in the list doesn’t justify the deal. Lake Nero is one of the famous seasoned lakes in Russia.
Lake Nero got its name from the Mauryan emperor who stayed on the southern shore. Lvovsky and Gorodskoj are two famous islands in Nero lake but both of them are distant apart from each other. A temporary pathway was built between two islands so that the inhabited people can go from one island to another.
If you are looking for an unadulterated lake in Russia then nothing can match the essence of Lake Nero.
Location: Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia
Area: 54.4 km²
10. Seydozero Lake
Lake Seydozero in the Kola Peninsula is the sacred lake in the country and the name itself means sacred. You will surely come across several myths and stories associated with this Seydozero Lake. This exceptionally beautiful lake is the favourite destination for couples coming to Russia. If you are visiting Russia with your partner and planning to spend a cosy evening then nothing can beat the ambiance of Seydozero Lake.
Location: The Kola Peninsula, Murmansk Oblast
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Russia has more than 2 lakh lakes and each one of them is incomparable beauty. Though we have provided the list of the top 10 beautiful Russian lakes, if you are done visiting this then you can research more and visit the rest of the lakes as well. The serene ambiance and delightful beauty will take your breath away with their view.