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Lagos Lagoon
Lagos Lagoon in 2007
Location Lagos State, Nigeria
Coordinates 6°30′06″N 3°31′21″E / 6.5015814°N 3.5224915°E / 6.5015814; 3.5224915Coordinates: 6°30′06″N 3°31′21″E / 6.5015814°N 3.5224915°E / 6.5015814; 3.5224915
Type lagoon
Basin countries Nigeria
Max. length 50 km (31 mi)
Max. width 13 km (8.1 mi)
Surface area 6,354.7 km2 (2,453.6 sq mi)
Surface elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Islands Lagos Island, Victoria Island
Settlements Lagos

Lagos Lagoon is a lagoon in Nigeria. It is named after the city of Lagos, Nigeria. The city is on the southwestern side of the lagoon.


The lagoon is more than 50 kilometres (31 miles) long. It is 3 to 13 kilometres (1.9 to 8.1 miles) wide. It is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a long sand spit 2 to 5 kilometres (1.2 to 3.1 miles) wide. The sand spit has swampy margins on the lagoon side. The lagoon's surface area is about 6,354.7 square kilometres (2,453.6 square miles). It is fairly shallow. Ocean-going ships don't go through it. Smaller barges and boats do.

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