Lake Saroma

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Lake Saroma
Lake Saroma.jpg
Overlooking Lake Saroma (June 2007)
Location Abashiri, Hokkaidō, Japan
Coordinates 44°10′N 143°43′E / 44.167°N 143.717°E / 44.167; 143.717Coordinates: 44°10′N 143°43′E / 44.167°N 143.717°E / 44.167; 143.717
Type Mesotrophic
Primary outflows 1
Catchment area 618 km2 (239 sq mi)
Basin countries Japan
Surface area 150 km2 (37,000 acres)
Average depth 8.7 m (29 ft)
Max. depth 19.5 m (64 ft)
Water volume 1.3 km3 (0.31 cu mi)
Shore length1 82.4 km (51.2 mi)
Surface elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Frozen December to March
Islands none
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Saroma (サロマ湖?, Saroma-ko) also Saroma Lagoon is a body of brackish water in Saroma, Kitami, and Yūbetsu Hokkaidō, Japan. It is located in Abashiri Quasi-National Park. By area, the lake is the third largest in Japan and the largest in Hokkaidō.

The name comes from the Ainu place name saruomahetsu, meaning place of many Miscanthus reeds and rushes.[1]


  1. ^ Akagi Sanpei (赤木 三兵?), Journey of Hokkaidō Place Names—Notes on Ainu Language Place Names (北海道 地名の旅—アイヌ語地名解?, Hokkaidō Chimei no Tabi — Ainugo Chimei Kai), page 56
  • SAROMA-KO, World Lakes Database, International Lake Environment Committee.