Lake Chany

Coordinates: 54°53′N 77°30′E / 54.883°N 77.500°E / 54.883; 77.500
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Lake Chany
озеро Чаны
Lake Chany Sentinel-2 picture, October 2021
Lake Chany is located in Russia
Lake Chany
Lake Chany
Lake Chany is located in Novosibirsk Oblast
Lake Chany
Lake Chany
LocationNovosibirsk Oblast
Coordinates54°53′N 77°30′E / 54.883°N 77.500°E / 54.883; 77.500
Primary inflowsChulym
Basin countriesRussia
Max. length91 km (57 mi)
Max. width88 km (55 mi)
Surface area2,000 km2 (770 sq mi)
Average depth2 m (6.6 ft)
Max. depth7 m (23 ft)
Surface elevation106 m (348 ft)
Official nameChany Lakes
Designated13 September 1994
Reference no.680[1]

Lake Chany (Russian: озеро Чаны) is a lake in Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia. The lake extends across five districts of Novosibirsk Oblast: Zdvinsky, Barabinsky, Chanovsky, Kupinsky and Chistoozyorny.


Lake Chany is one of the largest lakes in Russia. It is located in the Baraba steppe area. The lake is shallow, slightly salty (hyposaline), and has a fluctuating water level, which can change from season to season and year to year. The depth of the lake is mainly 1–2 m, but it can reach 8 m in some places.[2] Lake Chany is connected with the Small Chany (Malye Chany) and Yarkul lakes to the south. North of its northeastern end lies lake Tandovo.[3][4]


There are about 70 islands on the lake:[5] Amelkina Griva, Shuldikov, Lezhan, Medvezhy, Colpachok, Chinyaikha, Cheryomukhovy, Uzkoredky, Cheryomushkin, Kobyly, Perekopny, Bekarev, Kalinova, Shipyagin, Krugly, Kolotov, Kamyshny etc.


Severe storms are frequent on Chany, during a powerful wind, high waves occur on the surface of the lake.[2]

Flora and fauna[edit]

A variety of ecosystems that surround the lake include a mixture of wetlands, salt marshes, and a mixture of birch and aspen forests. Lake Chany in particular is critically important for the migratory birds of Siberia, and is listed as a Ramsar Site of International Importance.[6]


According to local legend, a giant creature which devours cattle and people lives in the lake.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chany Lakes". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b The glorious sea is Lake Chany. Sovetskaya Sibir. Славное море — озеро Чаны. Советская Сибирь. May 4, 2007.
  3. ^ "N-43 Topographic Chart (in Russian)". Retrieved 10 July 2022.
  4. ^ "N-44 Topographic Chart (in Russian)". Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  5. ^ Lake Chany. Chronicles of Novosibirsk Oblast. Озеро Чаны. Летописи Новосибирской области.
  6. ^ "Ramsar Site Information Sheet - Chany Lake" (PDF). Ramsar International. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  7. ^ 16 people died on Lake Chany in Siberia. 16 человек погибло на озере Чаны в Сибири. Life. July 7, 2010.

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