Wikipedia:WikiProject Lakes

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This WikiProject Lakes aims to consolidate and unify pages relating to lakes around the world. This page includes guidelines and a number of resources that can be used to achieve our goal. All editors are welcome to join this project; if you wish to participate, please add yourself to the list of participants below.


WikiProject Lakes


Lake Baikal
Shaman-Stone of the Olkhon Island
Coordinates53°30′N 108°12′E / 53.5°N 108.2°E / 53.5; 108.2 (Lake Baikal)
Lake typeContinental rift lake
Primary inflowsSelenga, Chikoy, Khilok, Uda, Barguzin, Upper Angara
Primary outflowsAngara
Catchment area560,000 km2 (216,000 sq mi)
Basin countriesRussia
Max. length636 km (395 mi)
Max. width79 km (49 mi)
Surface area31,494 km2 (12,160 sq mi)
Average depth758 m (2,487 ft)
Max. depth1,637 m (5,371 ft)
Water volume23,600 km3 (5,700 cu mi)
Residence time350 years[citation needed]
Shore length12,100 km (1,300 mi)
Surface elevation456 m (1,496 ft)
Islands22 (Olkhon)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

This WikiProject aims primarily to describe the Earth's lakes in a consistent and complete fashion and to add the {{Infobox body of water}} template to each lake oriented article.


Please remember that these are only guidelines and may not apply in every situation. However, the {{Infobox body of water}} template should be included on every lake oriented article. In addition, please add the {{WikiProject Lakes}} project banner to the talk page of any lake articles that you may encounter (see templates below), allowing other editors to find this project and adding the talk page to Category:WikiProject Lakes.

Related WikiProjectsEdit


The parent of this project is WikiProject Geography.


Currently proposed & under consideration: Wikipedia Reservoir project.


Projects covering other geographical features:

Open tasksEdit

Lakes needing attentionEdit

(Please post articles as you come across them and remove them as they are brought up-to-spec)

Cleanup listingEdit

A listing is available at Cleanup listing.

Add InfoboxesEdit

Lake articles in need of an infobox: Category:Lakes articles needing infoboxes

Linking with WikiDataEdit

WikiData helps track facts across languages and enables automatic import or suggestion of facts for inboxes. Help make a comprehensive lake database to link to articles and enable more maintenance tools to be developed.

Article alertsEdit

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Articles for deletion

Proposed deletions

Categories for discussion

Miscellany for deletion

Good article nominees

Requested moves

Articles to be merged

Articles to be split

Articles for creation


All articles with the lake project talk page template are listed at:

Most popularEdit

From Top 100,000 of February 2008:


(Please add more as you find them)

Work lists:



Everyone is welcome to join this project. If you wish to participate, simply add your name here:


Placing either of the following userboxes on your user page will add add you to Category:WikiProject Lakes participants.

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As of the first stages of development, no written-in-stone rules apply to lake articles; however, this may change. Please discuss this at the project's talk page.

Multiple lakes with the same nameEdit

Due to the fact that there are countless lakes in the world with the same name, the following method of disambiguation is proposed:

Lakes with multiple namesEdit

Some lakes have names with multiple spellings which vary with the different countries the lake borders. Occasionally, a lake can have several genuinely distinct names. The following rules are suggested for choosing a primary name for such a lake:

  • If the lake is particularly famous under one name, then choose that name.
  • If the portion of the lake that uses a particular name is much more distinct than other sections, then use that as the article's name.
  • If everything else is equal, then choose the name for the largest portion of the lake.

Article structureEdit

Lead paragraphEdit

The first paragraph should be a self-contained description including the most important things to know; name(s) - both historic and current - in bold, location (continent/countries/seaboards), and notable facts about the lake, such as largest port (see Wikipedia:Lead section for guidelines).


The narrative description of the lake should proceed from the main inflows of the lake downstream to its outflows, noting direction, major tributaries, human settlements and statistics. This should be at least a paragraph, maybe several paragraphs for famous lakes. This section would also include numerical data on length, volume, drainage basin, etc.

Info on water basins can be found at World resources Institute (site is down; archive). Antarctic water basin information can be researched using USGS maps.


The evolution of some lakes has been well explored. Such information should be placed here, with a suitable discussion of all POVs when possible.

Natural historyEdit

Mention distinctive plants and animals associated with any part of the lake.


Describe what is known about the different inhabitants along the river, along with a description of the scientific exploration expeditions/efforts.


Countless lakes have been used as means of transportation, fishing, power generation, etc., and are still used so today. All such information should be described here. Stylistically, this can be a good segue from history, connecting past uses of the lake to present-day uses.


List the cities and towns around the lake, complete with identifiable info such as population. List the major flora and fauna such as species of interest.

References and external linksEdit

Preferably refer to history, ecology, public policy, books, websites, etc.


The following may be used:


There should be at least one picture, preferably a typical view. Important lakes should have additional pictures illustrating their notable features. Maps of the lake's drainage basin would be an asset.

Articles where the infobox doesn't include an image yet are listed at: Category:Wikipedia infobox body of water articles without image (this category can be browsed by location through google maps)


The article List of lakes is only for major lakes, ordered by continent.


The main subcategories of Category:Lakes are listed on the right:

Categorization by locationEdit

Every article should belong to a category. If the lake is restricted to one or more states/provinces in a country, use separate categories for each one, e.g. Lake Tahoe belongs in Category:Lakes of Nevada as well as Category:Lakes of California. If it is restricted to one country, list in Category:country lakes. If it exists within several countries, list in each country category and maybe Category: continent lakes.

Please use categories carefully to get the right one(s) linked on your page. It is fine to use more than one... in fact, it may be encouraged. However, don't categorize a lake where it doesn't belong. If there are any questions, please use the Talk page.

Categorization by typeEdit

If the category for the specific type of lake is available, please add it in addition to the category by location.


Talk page bannerEdit

The message box {{WikiProject Lakes}} is available and preferred to add to talk pages of lake articles and gives:

WikiProject Lakes (Rated Project-class)
Wikipedia:WikiProject Lakes is within the scope of WikiProject Lakes, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of lake-related articles on Wikipedia, using the tools on the project page. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks. 
  Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.

Early pages of the project were tagged with {{lake project}} and result in the same banner, but {{WikiProject Lakes}} is the format closely following WikiProjects article tagging practice. WP:WikiProject coordination





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