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Crooked Lake, Illinois, USA: West Shore

Crooked Lake

(Illinois, USA)

137 acres

27 feet max. depth

761 feet above sea level

In a landscape dotted by glacial lakes and wetlands, Crooked Lake is in the aptly named Lake County of Illinois. Situated in the Chicagoland tourist region, it is where nature's beauty meets good old fashioned American fun. Surrounded by the sprawling schemes of subdivisions and the wetlands, forest, prairies and bogs of many forest preserves, Crooked Lake is nestled between the charming villages ... Read full review

Crooked Lake, Illinois, USA: West Shore

Crooked Lake

(Illinois, USA)

137 acres

27 feet max. depth

761 feet above sea level

In a landscape dotted by glacial lakes and wetlands, Crooked Lake is in the aptly named Lake County of Illinois. Situated in the Chicagoland tourist region, it is where nature's beauty meets good old fashioned American fun. Surrounded by the sprawling schemes of subdivisions and the wetlands, forest, prairies and bogs of many forest preserves, Crooked Lake is nestled between the charming villages ... Read full review

Fontana Lake, North Carolina, USA: Morning Sun over Fontana Lake

Fontana Lake

(North Carolina, USA)

10,230 acres

238 miles of shoreline

440 feet max. depth

1,710 feet above sea level

Fontana Lake, nestled in western North Carolina's Smoky Mountains, was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to provide hydroelectric power to the surrounding area. It includes the tallest dam in the TVA system and the tallest dam in the eastern United Sates. Fontana Lake is often called one of the most beautiful mountain lakes on earth. It's impossible to talk about Fontana Lake without ... Read full review

Stonewall Jackson Lake, West Virginia, USA: Dam and Stonewall Jackson Lake

Stonewall Jackson Lake

(West Virginia, USA)

2,650 acres

82 miles of shoreline

82 feet max. depth

1,073 feet above sea level

Stonewall Jackson Lake, a young West Virginia lake that only finished completion in 1990, was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide flood protection along the West Fork River, create hydroelectric power, and improve water quality for the surrounding area. The lake performs all of these duties, but has also become a favorite destination for vacationers on a mission to get some much-needed ... Read full review

Cottonwood Lake, Alaska, USA: Water Reflections at Cottonwood Lake

Cottonwood Lake

(Alaska, USA)

262 acres

4 miles of shoreline

39 feet max. depth

Cottonwood Lake, located near the town of Wasilla in the Mat-Su Valley of Alaska, is a year-round destination. The Mat-Su Valley region, short for Matanuska-Susitna, contains over 3,000 lakes and covers an area of approximately 24,000 miles surrounded by the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains. Cottonwood Lake, a natural freshwater lake, is one of the warmer lakes in the Mat-Su Valley. Swimming and ... Read full review

Lake Kariba: Lake Kariba Hippopotamus

Lake Kariba

(Zambia - Zimbabwe)

1,378,850 acres

1,345 miles of shoreline

318 feet max. depth

1,591 feet above sea level

The mighty Zambezi River is the source of Lake Kariba, which spans an impressive 1.38 million acres in the southern African nations of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Hydroelectricity produced by Kariba Dam is used by both countries, while the vastness of the lake provides support for commercial fishing, tourism and wildlife preservation. The Zambezi River dates back thousands of years and it is believed ... Read full review

Tellico Reservoir, Tennessee, USA: View from Fort Loudoun over Tellico Lake

Tellico Reservoir

(Tennessee, USA)

15,560 acres

357 miles of shoreline

78 feet max. depth

813 feet above sea level

About 30 minutes south of Knoxville, nestled in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, Tellico Lake is the lake that almost wasn't. Extending 33 miles along the Little Tennessee River, the lake has become an asset for commerce and recreation. Construction on Tellico Dam began in 1967, but Tellico Lake or Reservoir wasn't completed until 1979. The reservoir was planned as an extension of Fort Loudoun ... Read full review

Lago de Ilopango, El Salvador: Lago de Ilopango Panoramic

Lago de Ilopango

(El Salvador)

17,920 acres

26 miles of shoreline

750 feet max. depth

1,440 feet above sea level

With nearly 18,000 acres of shimmering water, Lago de Ilopango is one of El Salvador's best-kept secrets. Created 15 centuries ago when the caldera of a Holocene-era volcano collapsed, the water-filled crater now provides scenic beauty and water-based recreation to those lucky enough to find it. It is the largest natural lake in the country. The Ilopango volcano last erupted in 1880 when a volcano ... Read full review

Herrington Lake, Kentucky, USA: Haddix Point

Herrington Lake

(Kentucky, USA)

2,335 acres

325 miles of shoreline

249 feet max. depth

740 feet above sea level

Meandering 32 miles across the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky is Herrington Lake. The first large impoundment in Kentucky, Herrington Lake was created in 1925 by damming the Dix River three miles above its joining with the Kentucky River. Kentucky Utilities created the reservoir to generate hydroelectric power and owns the entire lakeshore up to 760 feet elevation. The entire shoreline above that elevation ... Read full review

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