Dive in … try our lakes and rivers travel quiz!

Adam McCulloch
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  1. Which is the deepest lake in the UK?

    1. Loch Ness

    2. Windermere

    3. Wast Water

    4. Loch Morar

  2. Sunrise over Lake Victoria.

    What is the world's largest 'lake' by area?

    1. Superior

    2. Caspian

    3. Baikal

    4. Victoria

  3. The Mekong River in Laos.

    What is the world's longest river wholly in one country?

    1. Yangtze

    2. Mississippi

    3. Mekong

    4. Paraná

  4. Helensburgh on the River Clyde, Scotland

    What is the second longest river in the UK?

    1. Thames

    2. Severn

    3. Trent

    4. Clyde

  5. Common bream, River Trent, Nottinghamshire

    What type of fish used to live in the River Trent until 1902, since when it has become locally extinct?

    1. Pike

    2. Bream

    3. Trout

    4. Common sturgeon

  6. FRANCE-HEALTH-VIRUS-DAILY LIFE<br>People gather on the banks of the river Seine in Paris on Mai 15, 2020, as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP) (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)

    Which of the following French towns is not on the River Seine?

    1. Caudebec-en-Caux

    2. Vernon

    3. Metz

    4. Rouen

  7. Hickling Broad.

    One of these lakes in the UK is artificial. Which is it?

    1. Kielder Water

    2. Llyn Tegid

    3. Hickling Broad

    4. Hornsea Mere

  8. Lake Pontchartrain causeway near New Orleans

    Which of the following is considered the longest continuous bridge over water in the world?

    1. Pont de Normandie

    2. Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

    3. Severn Mile Bridge

    4. Öresund Bridge

  9. Vasco da Gama bridge.

    Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest road bridge in an EU country, crosses which river?

    1. Tagus

    2. Rhône

    3. Douro

    4. Tiber

  10. Akdamar Island, an island in Lake Van, Turkey

    Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater lake island in the world. But what lake is it in?

    1. Great Bear

    2. Van

    3. Michigan

    4. Huron

  11. The River Amazon at the port in Iquitos, Peru.

    Which of the following cities is not on the Amazon?

    1. Belém

    2. Iquitos

    3. Salto del Guairá

    4. Manaus

  12. Lagoa das Sete Cidades in the Azores

    What do Italy's Lake Avernus, Yellowstone Lake in the US, Ecuador's Quilotoa and Lagoa das Sete Cidades in the Azores have in common?

    1. They are all salt lakes

    2. They all occupy volcanic craters

    3. Vast flocks of flamingoes visit them

    4. It is illegal to fish in them

  13. Bridge over River Usk.

    Which UK river rises in Plynlimon, Wales?

    1. Severn

    2. Wye

    3. Usk

    4. Dee

  14. Colorado River in Shafer Canyon.

    Which US river is known as the Daughter of the Stars for its vivid reflections?

    1. Missouri

    2. Shenandoah

    3. Colorado

    4. Hudson

  15. Strandbad Wannsee, Berlin.

    Which of these popular German lakes is not in Berlin?

    1. Müggelsee

    2. Wannsee

    3. Krumme Lanke

    4. Titisee


1:D, 2:B, 3:A, 4:A - The longest is the River Severn., 5:D - This critically endangered European species of sturgeon has not been seen in the Trent for 118 years. Non-native Russian sturgeon have, however, been seen in the past few years., 6:C - Metz is on the Moselle, 7:A - Kielder is the UK's largest artificial lake by capacity, 8:B - The longer of the two bridges making up the causeway near New Orleans is 23.83 miles long, 9:A - The bridge spans the Tagus in Lisbon and is 7.6 miles long, 10:D, 11:C - On the Paraná, 12:B, 13:A, 14:B - Shenandoah is a word of unknown Native American origin, but one meaning attached to it is “clear daughter of the stars”. The river is in the Appalachians, passing through Virginia and West Virginia., 15:D - Titisee is in the Black Forest


  1. 12 and above.

    A rip-roaring success. Take a bow, er, dip!

  2. 7 and above.

    Not too shabby! Have a ripple of applause.

  3. 0 and above.

    Eau dear. You'll make a bigger splash in next week's Guardian Travel quiz I'm sure...