List of lakes of Pakistan

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Pakistan is home to many natural and man made lakes and reservoirs. The largest lake in Pakistan is the Manchar Lake, which is also the largest lake in South Asia. The lake is spread over an area of over 100 square miles.[1] The highest lake in Pakistan is the Rush Lake, which is also the 25th highest lake is the world at an altitude of over 4,700 meters.[2] The second highest lake in Pakistan is the Karambar Lake, which at an altitude of 4,272 meters, is the 31st highest lake in the world.[2]

Natural lakes[edit]

Name Image Elevation Location Description Notes
Ansoo Lake Ansoo Lake.jpg 4,126 metres (13,537 ft) Kaghan Valley,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

34°48′53.75″N 73°40′33.10″E / 34.8149306°N 73.6758611°E / 34.8149306; 73.6758611 (Ansoo Lake)

Ansoo Lake is a high-altitude lake (4,126 metres (13,537 ft)) located in the Kaghan Valley in Mansehra District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is near Malika Parbat in the Himalayan range. [3]
Attabad Lake Attaabad lake.jpg - Hunza Valley,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

36°20′12.62″N 74°52′3.12″E / 36.3368389°N 74.8675333°E / 36.3368389; 74.8675333 (Attabad Lake)

Also known as Hunza Lake the lake was created in January 2010 due to massive landslides blocking Hunza River. [3]
Baghsar Lake 975 metres (3,199 ft) Samahni Valley
Bhimber District

33°2′42″N 74°11′50″E / 33.04500°N 74.19722°E / 33.04500; 74.19722 (Baghsar Lake)

The lake is nearly half a kilometer long and overlooks the Bandala Valley. [4]
Borith Lake Borit Panorama-frame.jpg 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) Hunza, Gilgit–Baltistan

36°25′51″N 74°51′46″E / 36.430863°N 74.862773°E / 36.430863; 74.862773 (Borith Lake)

Borith Lake is a saline water lake, located to the northwest of Husseini, a village near Gulmit, Gojal, in the upper Hunza. [5][6]
Chitta Katha Lake 3,962 metres (12,999 ft) Shonter Valley, Azad Kashmir

34°55′8″N 74°31′17″E / 34.91889°N 74.52139°E / 34.91889; 74.52139 (Chitta Katha Lake)

Chitta Katha Lake is located in Shonter Valley of Azad Kashmir. [7]
Drigh Lake - Qambar Shahdadkot District, Sindh

27°34′05″N 67°55′48″E / 27.568°N 67.930°E / 27.568; 67.930

Drigh Lake is Located in Qambar Shahdadkot District in Sindh, Pakistan, It is 29 km away from Larkana city and 7 km away from Qambar town. [8]
Dudipatsar Lake Dudipat lake1.jpg 3,800 metres (12,500 ft) Kaghan Valley,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

35°1′6.6″N 74°5′22.2″E / 35.018500°N 74.089500°E / 35.018500; 74.089500 (Dudipatsar Lake)

The lake lies in the extreme north of Kaghan Valley at a height of 3,800 metres (12,500 ft). The term dudi in Urdu means white and sar means lake. [9]
Dudibach Sar Kaghan Valley
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

35°1′0.12″N 74°4′59.88″E / 35.0167000°N 74.0833000°E / 35.0167000; 74.0833000 (Dudibach Sar)

[10]
Ganga Lake Bagh District, Azad–Kashmir
Hadero Lake -

Thatta District,
Sindh

24°49′42″N 67°51′37″E / 24.82833°N 67.86028°E / 24.82833; 67.86028 (Hadero Lake)

Hadero is a brackish water lake in Sindh. The lake was declared wildlife sanctuary in 1977. The lake has a surface area of 1321 hectares.

[11]

Haleji Lake - Thatta, Sindh

24°48′10″N 67°46′38″E / 24.80278°N 67.77722°E / 24.80278; 67.77722 (Haleji Lake)

The lake is located at about 70 km from Karachi and is the largest water fowl reserve in Asia. [12][13]
Hamal Lake Qamber Shahdadkot District, Sindh

27°26′56″N 67°37′55″E / 27.449°N 67.632°E / 27.449; 67.632 (Hamal Lake)

Hamal Lake is located in Qamber Shahdadkot District in Sindh, Pakistan. [14]
Hanna Lake 1,898 metres (6,227 ft) Quetta,
Balochistan

30°15′N 67°06′E / 30.250°N 67.100°E / 30.250; 67.100 (Hanna Lake)

Hanna Lake is located 10 km from Quetta, near Urak Valley in Balochistan. [15]
Kallar Kahar - Chakwal District, Punjab

32°47′N 72°42′E / 32.783°N 72.700°E / 32.783; 72.700 (Kallar Kahar)

The salt water lake is located near Salt Range in Chakwal District, 125 km from Rawalpindi. [16]
Karambar Lake Qurumber Lake in Baroghil Valley, famous for its pristine water, Pakistan.jpg 4,272 metres (14,016 ft) Ishkoman Valley,
Gilgit–Baltistan

36°53′03.26″N 73°42′44.03″E / 36.8842389°N 73.7122306°E / 36.8842389; 73.7122306 (Karambar Lake)

Karambar Lake is the 31st highest lakes in the world . The approximate length of the lake is 3.9 km, width is 2 km and, average depth is 52m. [2][17]
Keenjhar Lake Keenjhar Lake Thatta.jpg 21 metres (69 ft) Thatta, Sindh

24°57′N 68°03′E / 24.950°N 68.050°E / 24.950; 68.050 (Keenjhar Lake)

The lake is also called Kalri Lake and is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Pakistan. The Sindhi legend of Noori Jam Tamachi took place around the lake, and to this day there is a shrine in the middle of the lake marking Noor's grave. [12][15]
Khabikki Lake Khabeki Lake.jpg -

Khushab District,
Punjab

32°37′19″N 72°12′49″E / 32.621882°N 72.21355°E / 32.621882; 72.21355 (Khabikki Lake)

It is a salt water lake located in the southern Salt Range. The lake is named after a nearby village, Khabikki. [18]
Kundol Lake Lake Swatvalley x103.JPG 2,743 metres (8,999 ft) Swat Valley,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

35°19′57″N 72°29′50″E / 35.33250°N 72.49722°E / 35.33250; 72.49722 (Kundol Lake)

This lake is often confused with Mahodand Lake.
Lower Kachura Lake ShangrilaSkardu1090.JPG 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) Skardu District, Gilgit–Baltistan

35°25′40″N 75°27′16″E / 35.42778°N 75.45444°E / 35.42778; 75.45444 (Lower Kachura Lake)

The lake is also known as Shangrila Lake and is located at a drive of about 20 minutes from Skardu town. Shangrila was named after a book titled Lost Horizon by James Hilton. Shangri-la is a Chinese word meaning "Heaven on earth".
Lulusar Lake Lulusar.jpg 3,410 metres (11,190 ft) Naran Valley,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

35°0′8.04″N 73°9′2.66″E / 35.0022333°N 73.1507389°E / 35.0022333; 73.1507389 (Lulusar Lake)

The lake is the main source of the Kunhar River and has a baby lake beside it. The word "sar" means "lake" in Shina. [19]
Mahodand Lake Mahodand Lake.jpg 9,400 feet (2,900 m) Kalam Valley,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

35°42′50″N 72°39′01″E / 35.7138°N 72.6502°E / 35.7138; 72.6502 (Mahodand Lake)

The lake is located 40 km from Kalam Valley in the valley of Ushu. [20]
Manchar Lake Manchar SPOT 1299.jpg 34 metres (112 ft) Sindh

26°25′00″N 67°39′00″E / 26.4166°N 67.65°E / 26.4166; 67.65 (Manchar Lake)

Lake Manchar is the largest freshwater lake in Pakistan and one of the largest in Asia. It is located west of the Indus River in Sindh. The area of the lake fluctuates with the seasons from as little as 350 km² to 520 km². The lake collects water from numerous small streams in the Kirthar Mountains and empties into the Indus River. [12][21]
Namal Lake - Mianwali, Punjab

32°41′23″N 71°48′24″E / 32.689597°N 71.806763°E / 32.689597; 71.806763 (Namal Lake)

Namal Lake is located in Namal Valley, in Mianwali. The lake is spread over an area of 5.5 km2 and was built in 1913 after the construction of Namal Dam. [22]
Payee Lake Paaye Lake.jpg 9,500 feet (2,900 m) Kaghan Valley,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

34°36′55″N 73°29′12″E / 34.6153°N 73.4867°E / 34.6153; 73.4867 (Payee Lake)

Payee Lake is located near Shogran in Payee, surrounded by the Makra Peak, Malika Parbat, and the mountains of Kashmir. [23]
Rama Lake Rama Lake.jpg 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) Astore Valley, Gilgit–Baltistan

35°19′51″N 74°47′8″E / 35.33083°N 74.78556°E / 35.33083; 74.78556 (Rama Lake)

Rama Lake is located nine kilometers away from the valley of Astore in Northern Areas. [24]
Ratti Gali Lake 3,700 metres (12,100 ft) Neelam Valley, Azad Kashmir

34°49′49″N 74°03′41″E / 34.8302°N 74.0613°E / 34.8302; 74.0613 (Ratti Gali Lake)

The lake is accessible from Dowarian by a 19 kilometers (12 mi) hiking trek. Dowarian is the base camp to this lake. [25]
Rush Lake Rush lake.JPG 4,694 metres (15,400 ft) Nagar Valley, Gilgit–Baltistan

36°7′50″N 74°55′57″E / 36.13056°N 74.93250°E / 36.13056; 74.93250 (Rush Lake)

Rush Lake is a high altitude lake located near Rush Pari Peak. At over 4,694 meters, Rush is the highest lake in Pakistan and one of the highest alpine lakes in the world. It is located about 15 km north of Miar Peak and Spantik (Golden Peak), which are in the Nagar valley. [2][26]
Saiful Muluk Saif ul muluk.jpg 3,224 metres (10,577 ft) Kaghan Valley,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

34°52′37.34″N 73°41′37.71″E / 34.8770389°N 73.6938083°E / 34.8770389; 73.6938083 (Saiful Muluk)

The lake is located in the northern end of Kaghan Valley. The lake has total surface area of over 2.5 square kilometer. The lake is famous for its fairytale of Saiful Maluk [27]
Saral Lake 4,100 metres (13,500 ft) Neelam Valley, Azad Kashmir

34°57′46″N 74°05′59″E / 34.96282°N 74.099773°E / 34.96282; 74.099773 (Saral Lake)

This lake can be accessed from Sharda, Neelam valley and Kaghan valley. [28]
Satpara Lake SatparaLakeSkardu1199.jpg 2,636 metres (8,648 ft) Skardu Valley,
Gilgit–Baltistan

35°14′2″N 75°37′53″E / 35.23389°N 75.63139°E / 35.23389; 75.63139 (Satpara Lake)

Satpara Lake is located in Skardu Valley and is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Pakistan. It supplies water for the town of Skardu. [29]
Shandoor Lake Shandoor.Jpeg Ghizer District, Gilgit–Baltistan
Shakoor Lake 24°15′28″N 69°04′20″E / 24.2577°N 69.0721°E / 24.2577; 69.0721 (Shakoor Lake) Shakoor Lake is situated on the border between India and Pakistan, its area ranges from 300 square kilometres (120 sq mi) ,[30][31]
Sheosar Lake Sheosar-lake.jpg 4,142 metres (13,589 ft) Deosai Plains, Gilgit–Baltistan

34°59′30.35″N 75°14′43.42″E / 34.9917639°N 75.2453944°E / 34.9917639; 75.2453944 (Sheosar Lake)

Sheosar Lake is situated in the Deosai Plateau, which is one of the highest plateaus of the world. [2][32][33]
Shonter Lake - Neelum Valley, Azad Kashmir

34°58′23″N 74°30′46″E / 34.97306°N 74.51278°E / 34.97306; 74.51278 (Shonter Lake)

This is a small lake located in the Azad Kashmir.
Siri Lake Payee Lake Background View July 8 2007.jpg 8,500 feet (2,600 m) Kaghan Valley,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

34°37′52″N 73°29′31″E / 34.6312°N 73.4920°E / 34.6312; 73.4920 (Siri Lake)

Siri Lake is situated near Shogran in Siri, on the way to Payee in Kaghan Valley, Pakistan. [34]
Spin Khwar Lake Spin Khwar Lake Swat Valley.jpg Swat Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa [35]
Subri Lake - Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir

34°19′26″N 73°31′12″E / 34.324°N 73.520°E / 34.324; 73.520 (Subri Lake)

Subri lake, also known as Langarpura Lake, is situated 10 kilometers out of Muzaffarabad, where the Jhelum River widens to form the lake. [36]
Uchhali Lake

Soan Sakaser Valley, Salt Range

32°33′25″N 72°1′31″E / 32.55694°N 72.02528°E / 32.55694; 72.02528 (Uchhali Lake)

The lake is located in the southern salt range and has brackish water.
Upper Kachura Lake KachuraUpper1075.JPG 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) Skardu District, Gilgit–Baltistan

35°26′48″N 75°26′44″E / 35.44667°N 75.44556°E / 35.44667; 75.44556 (Upper Kachura Lake)

The lake is surrounded with wild apricot gardens and has a depth of around 70 meters. Due to rough terrain of the surrounding area, this lake is not well explored.

Artificial lakes and reservoirs[edit]

Name Image Elevation Location Description Notes
Banjosa Lake KN004.jpg 1,981 metres (6,499 ft) Poonch District, Azad Kashmir

33°48′38″N 73°48′59″E / 33.81056°N 73.81639°E / 33.81056; 73.81639 (Banjosa Lake)

Banjosa is an artificial lake and a tourist attraction near the city of Rawalakot in District Bagh in Azad Kashmir. [37]
Chotiari Lake Sanghar District,
Sindh

26°08′46″N 69°09′40″E / 26.146°N 69.161°E / 26.146; 69.161 (Chotiari Lake)

Chotiari Lake is an artificial water reservoir situated 35 km away from the Sanghar town in Sanghar District, Sindh. [38]
Hub Lake Karachi and Lasbela District on Sindh and Balochistan border

25°16′48″N 67°07′44″E / 25.280°N 67.129°E / 25.280; 67.129 (Hub Lake)

Hub Lake is an artificial reservoir 56 km away from Karachi on Sindh and Balochistan border. [39]
Mangla Lake Mirpur District, Azad Kashmir

33°11′56″N 73°45′04″E / 33.199°N 73.751°E / 33.199; 73.751 (Mangla Lake)

Mangla Lake is an artificial reservoir near Mirpur city in Mirpur District, Azad Kashmir [40]
Rawal Lake SunrisesatRawalLakeIslamabad.jpg Islamabad

33°42′10″N 73°07′34″E / 33.702675°N 73.126118°E / 33.702675; 73.126118 (Rawal Lake)

Rawal Lake is an artificial reservoir in Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan. The lake is spread over an area of 8.8 km2 and is one of the major source of water for the residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Rawal Lake is located within an isolated section of the Margalla Hills National Park. [41]
Simli Lake - Islamabad

33°44′5″N 73°20′5″E / 33.73472°N 73.33472°E / 33.73472; 73.33472 (Simli Lake)

Simli Lake is located 30 km from Islamabad. The lake is formed from the melting snow and natural springs of Murree Hills. Simli Lake is the largest drinking water source for the residents of Islamabad. [42]
Tanda Lake Tanda-001.jpg Kohat,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

33°35′13″N 71°26′32″E / 33.58694°N 71.44222°E / 33.58694; 71.44222 (Tanda Lake)

Tanda Lake is formed from Tanda Dam in Kohat District on Toi River.
Tarbela Lake Haripur District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

34°07′59″N 72°48′29″E / 34.133°N 72.808°E / 34.133; 72.808 (Tarbela Lake)

Tarbela Lake is an artificial reservoir in the Haripur District of North-West Frontier Province. It is near Tarbela Township in the Turbela range, The name of the lake comes from town of Tarbela in which it is located (Hindko Black Forest).


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