Lake Lacha (Russian: Ла́ча, Ла́че) is a freshwater lake, located in the south of Kargopolsky District of Arkhangelsk Oblast in Russia, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south of the town of Kargopol. It is the largest lake in Arkhangelsk Oblast, with a surface area of 334 square kilometres (129 sq mi) and a basin area of 12,600 square kilometres (4,900 sq mi). Lake Lacha is the source of the Onega, one of the major waterways of the White Sea basin.

Lake Lacha
Lake Lacha 2018-07-29 Sentinel-2 L2A True color.jpg
Sentinel-2 image (2018)
Lake Lacha Лача is located in Arkhangelsk Oblast
Lake Lacha Лача
Lake Lacha
LocationArkhangelsk Oblast
Coordinates61°19′40″N 38°45′53″E / 61.32778°N 38.76472°E / 61.32778; 38.76472
TypeNatural freshwater lake
Primary inflowsSvid, Lyokshma
Primary outflowsOnega
Catchment area12,600 square kilometres (4,900 sq mi)[1]
Basin countriesRussia
Max. length36 km (22 mi)
Max. width14.22 km (8.84 mi)
Surface area334 square kilometres (129 sq mi)[1]
Surface elevation117 m (384 ft)
IslandsA number of islands and islets
The Onega River basin. Lake Lacha is shown.

The etymological origin of the name is unclear.[2]

The river basin of Lake Lacha includes the southern and western parts of Kargopolsky District of Arkhangelsk Oblast, as well as north-west of Vologda Oblast. In particular, it includes two of the biggest lakes of Arkhangelsk and Vologda Oblasts, Lake Vozhe and Lake Lyokshmozero. The southern part of the Kenozersky National Park also drains into Lake Lacha.

The stretch between Kargopol and the lake is navigable, however, neither the Svid upstream from the lake nor the Onega downstream are navigable because of the rapids. There are occasional recreational boat trips from Kargopol to the lake but no passenger or cargo navigation.

Several villages are located on or close to the banks, including Morshchikhinskaya, Tobolkino, and Filosofskaya. The latter pair are located on the road connecting Kargopol with Lipin Bor via Sovza. Another unpaved road runs from Kargopol along the right bank of the Onega to the lake and then to the village of Bolshaya Kondratovskaya, several kilometers from the lakeshore.


  1. ^ a b Озеро Лача (Лаче) (in Russian). State Water Register of Russia. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ Фасмер, Макс. Этимологический словарь Фасмера (in Russian). p. 356.

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