This template can be used to add comparative, at-a-glance material to articles on lakes, oceans, bays, and similar water bodies. If there is a single article for the reservoir and the dam, then please use the integrated {{infobox dam}} template, instead of this template.

Native name[{{{native_name}}}] Error: {{Native name}}: unrecognized language tag: {{{native_name_lang}}} (help)  (language?)
Part of{{{part_of}}}
Primary inflows{{{inflow}}}
River sources{{{rivers}}}
Primary outflows{{{outflow}}}
Ocean/sea sources{{{oceans}}}
Catchment area{{{catchment}}}
Basin countries{{{basin_countries}}}
Managing agency{{{agency}}}
Construction engineer{{{engineer}}}
First flooded{{{date-flooded}}}
Max. length{{{length}}}
Max. width{{{width}}}
Surface area{{{area}}}
Average depth{{{depth}}}
Max. depth{{{max-depth}}}
Water volume{{{volume}}}
Residence time{{{residence_time}}}
Shore length1{{{shore}}}
Surface elevation{{{elevation}}}
Max. temperature{{{temperature_high}}}
Min. temperature{{{temperature_low}}}
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.
{{Infobox body of water
| name               = {{subst:PAGENAMEBASE}}
| native_name        = 
| native_name_lang   = 
| other_name         = 
<!--    Images     -->
| image              = 
| alt                = 
| caption            = 
| image_bathymetry   = 
| alt_bathymetry     = 
| caption_bathymetry = 
<!--    Stats      -->
| location           = 
| group              = 
| coordinates        = <!-- {{coord|DD|MM|SS|N|DD|MM|SS|W|region:ZZ_type:waterbody|display =inline,title}} -->
| type               = 
| etymology          = 
| part_of            = 
| inflow             = 
| rivers             = 
| outflow            = 
| oceans             = 
| catchment          = <!-- {{convert|VALUE|UNITS}} must be used -->
| basin_countries    = 
| agency             = 
| designation        = 
| date-built         = <!-- {{Start date|YYYY|MM|DD}} For man-made and other recent bodies of water -->
| engineer           = 
| date-flooded       = <!-- {{Start date|YYYY|MM|DD}} For man-made and other recent bodies of water -->
| length             = <!-- {{convert|VALUE|UNITS}} must be used --> 
| width              = <!-- {{convert|VALUE|UNITS}} must be used -->
| area               = <!-- {{convert|VALUE|UNITS}} must be used -->
| depth              = <!-- {{convert|VALUE|UNITS}} must be used -->
| max-depth          = <!-- {{convert|VALUE|UNITS}} must be used -->
| volume             = <!-- {{convert|VALUE|UNITS}} must be used -->
| residence_time     = 
| salinity           = 
| shore              = <!-- {{convert|VALUE|UNITS}} must be used -->
| elevation          = <!-- {{convert|VALUE|UNITS}} must be used -->
| temperature_high   = <!-- {{convert|VALUE|UNITS}} must be used -->
| temperature_low    = <!-- {{convert|VALUE|UNITS}} must be used -->
| frozen             = 
| islands            = 
| islands_category   = 
| sections           = 
| trenches           = 
| benches            = 
| cities             = 
<!--      Map      -->
| pushpin_map             = 
| pushpin_label_position  = 
| pushpin_map_alt         = 
| pushpin_map_caption     = 
<!--   Below       -->  
| website            = 
| reference          = 


name of the body of water. Avoid using templates, boldface or italics in this field.
name in local language. If more than one, separate using {{Plain list}}
ISO 639-2 code e.g. "fr" for French. If more than one, use {{lang}} instead
Local, alternative or former names. Separate multiple values by using {{plainlist}} or {{unbulleted list}}.
characteristic_image.png Please avoid sunset pictures or maps (For maps, use image_bathymetry).
If missing, the article is added to Category:Wikipedia infobox body of water articles without image
see also: Wikipedia:WikiProject Lakes/Galleries
Alt text describing the image, for visually impaired readers and other applications where the image cannot be seen
Text about the image; avoid repeating the name of the body of water, it's already in the first field of the infobox.
bathymetry_image.png (or other image, avoid maps showing only the location of the body of water)
Alt text for the bathymetry (or other) image
Text about the bathymetry (or other) image
Text about the body of water's location. Note the town/state/region in which the body water is located. Names are listed in wikified form, without flags.
Add the country only if the body of water is located in several countries or if there are several basin countries, but only one country in which the body of water is located.
Group of lakes that this body of water belongs to (e.g., Lake Erie is part of the Great Lakes)
Latitude and Longitude coordinates of the body of water. It is common to use the approximate center of the body of water, or simply any notable portion of the body of water, for the coordinates. Coordinates are generally displayed in the infobox and on the top corner of the articles. For more, see WP:GEO and WP:Obtaining geographic coordinates
Sample coordinates: {{coord|47|01|10|N|8|24|04|E|type:waterbody_region:CH|display =inline,title}}
If missing, the article is placed in Category:Wikipedia infobox body of water articles without coordinates
type of body of water / type of lake. If it's a reservoir, add "[[reservoir]]".
For typologies of lakes, see Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Lakes#Lake types and Lake#Types of lakes
Samples values with wikimarkup (only one or a few may apply): [[periglacial]], [[subglacial lake]], [[artificial lake]] [[reservoir (water)|reservoir]], [[endorheic]], [[meromictic]], [[oxbow lake]], [[rift lake]], [[underground lake]], [[crater lake]], [[intermittent lake]], [[:Category:Former lakes|former lake]], [[:Category:Shrunken lakes|shrunken lake]]; [[oligotrophic]], [[mesotropic]], [[eutrophic lake]], [[hypertrophic]]
name of any parent basin or hydrology system
person, event or other entity the body is named after
major inflow sources — rivers, aquifers, glacial runoff, etc.
Use italics for any terms that are not place names, e.g. none
outflow waterway names.
If evaporation or seepage are notable outflows, they may be included.
Use italics for any terms that are not place names, e.g. evaporation
the area of catchment (in square kilometres) which includes the entire area of the drainage basin for that body of water. This may include rivers and other bodies of water. If this can be accompanied with a map or drawing, include it with the article.
Sample value: {{convert|2124|km2|sqmi|abbr=on}}
which countries have drainage to/from or border the body of water. To conform a standard, this should include all countries that are directly involved with the body of water's ecology; this would include inflows, outflows, or physically contact the body of water.
Countries are listed in unwikified form, without flags. For Antarctica, use "(Antarctica)".
managing or owning organisation
protected status as a nature reserve, etc.
date construction the body of water/reservoir started, if man-made.
date the body of water/reservoir was first flooded, if man-made or otherwise recent.
maximum length of the body of water in km, statute mile, and/or nautical miles; the length of the body of water at its longest dimension.
Sample value: {{convert|100|km|mi|abbr=on}}
maximum width of the body of water in km, statute mile, and/or nautical miles; perpendicular to the angle used to calculate length.
Sample value: {{convert|50|km|mi|abbr=on}}
minimum width of the strait in km, statute mile, and/or nautical miles; perpendicular to the angle used to calculate length. Note: do not use this parameter for lakes, bays, or other bodies of water.
total area of the body of water's surface in square kilometres, square miles, acres, or hectares; if this value varies drastically (due to evaporation or changes in flow), attempt to find a documented average value.
Sample conversion for imperial units: {{convert|1234|acre|abbr=on}} this renders as: 1,234 acres (499 ha)
Average depth of the body of water in metres, fathoms, and/or feet
Sample conversion for imperial units: {{convert|123|ft|abbr=on}} this renders as: 123 ft (37 m)
Maximum depth of the body of water in metres, fathoms, and/or feet.
Sample value: 10 m (33 ft)
total volume of the body of water (cubic metres, cubic kilometres, cubic miles [cu mi], and/or acre-feet)
Sample value: 11.8 km³
To convert acre-feet, use {{convert|1234567|acre.ft|abbr=on}} this renders as 1,234,567 acre⋅ft (1.522816×109 m3)
residence time of the body of water or lake retention time (generally in years). This is the mean time water spends in the body of water.
length of the shoreline in kilometres and statute miles; this should not include values for waterways directly connected to the body of water, and should reflect the shore at average surface area.
Sample value: {{convert|75|km|mi|abbr=on}}
elevation above sea-level in meters; again, if this value varies due to variable inflow or outflow, attempt to use a documented average value. If at all possible, state the date at which the elevation was measured.
Sample value: {{convert|150|m|ft|abbr=on}}
total number of islands in the body of water; it is common practice to also include the names of any notable islands in the body of water.
if there is a specific category for articles about islands in the body of water, it can be added in this field (e.g., Islands of the Caspian Sea, Category:Lake islands or Category:Islands by ocean or sea). "Islands" in the infobox then links to one of these categories instead of Category:Islands by body of water.
notable cities or settlements on or near the shore of the body of water.
Information about freezing: e.g. usual freezing date, months the body of water is frozen, last years the body of water was frozen, never, etc.
references for some or all of the values. Rather than including full references in any of the previous fields, <ref name ="multiple"> and </ref> should be used in this field and cross-referenced in the other fields with <ref name ="multiple"/>. See Help:Footnotes on how to use the tags.
"align =left" allows to align the infobox left (default is right). This avoids collision with another infobox.
The name of a location map as per Template:Location map. Requires coordinates in |coordinates={{coord|...}} format.
Location of the label to the pushpin. One of "left", "right", "top", or "bottom".
Pushpin map alt text.
Pushpin map caption.

Imperial units should be converted to metric units, preferably using {{convert}}, e.g. {{convert|1234|acre|abbr=on}} this renders as 1,234 acres (499 ha)

Tracking categories


There are several tracking categories for maintenance of articles using this infobox:

The categories are hidden, i.e. they are not visible in the standard display of the articles (see WP:Hidden categories).


TemplateData documentation used by VisualEditor and other tools
See a monthly parameter usage report for Template:Infobox body of water in articles based on its TemplateData.

TemplateData for Infobox body of water

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The HTML markup produced by this template includes an hCard microformat, which makes the place-name and location parsable by computers, either acting automatically to catalogue articles across Wikipedia, or via a browser tool operated by a person, to (for example) add the subject to an address book. Within the hCard is a Geo microformat, which additionally makes the coordinates (latitude & longitude) parsable, so that they can be, say, looked up on a map, or downloaded to a GPS unit. For more information about the use of microformats on Wikipedia, please see the microformat project.



If the place or venue has "established", "founded", "opened" or similar dates, use {{start date}} for the earliest of those dates unless the date is before 1583 CE.

If it has a URL, use {{URL}}.

Please do not remove instances of these sub-templates.



hCard uses HTML classes including:

  • adr
  • agent
  • category
  • county-name
  • extended-address
  • fn
  • label
  • locality
  • nickname
  • note
  • org
  • region
  • street-address
  • uid
  • url
  • vcard

Geo is produced by calling {{coord}}, and uses HTML classes:

  • geo
  • latitude
  • longitude

Please do not rename or remove these classes nor collapse nested elements which use them.



When giving coordinates, please use an appropriate level of precision. Do not use {{coord}}'s |name= parameter.

See also