The Largest Body of Fresh Water

Updated July 24, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

The Question:

Could you tell me what the largest body of fresh water is in the world?

The Answer:

The largest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Superior in Michigan, which has an area of 31,820 square miles.

But that fact is due to a historical inaccuracy regarding Lake Superior's neighbors-Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Read more about the controversy in our feature, "Michigan and Huron: One Lake or Two?."

-The Editors

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