|Countries||Ghana, Burkina Faso|
|Mouth||Gulf of Guinea|
|- location||Atlantic Ocean|
|Basin||407,093 km2 (157,179 sq mi) |
|- average||1,210 m3/s (42,731 cu ft/s) |
Lake Volta in Ghana is the largest reservoir in the world, extending from the Akosombo Dam in southeastern Ghana to the town of Yapei, some 400 kilometres (250 mi) to the north. The lake generates electricity, provides inland transport, and is a potentially valuable resource for irrigation and fish farming.
The Portuguese purchased much of their gold from inhabitants of Ghana during the Renaissance.
The depth of the river is 45 feet (14 m), in location of Lake Volta.
It is crossed by the Adome Bridge in Ghana.
The river was named by Portuguese gold traders in Ghana; it was their farthest extent of exploration before returning (volta is Portuguese for "twist" or "turn").
"River of return" (perhaps because it was where ships turned around and headed for home) or “river of bend,” in reference to its course.