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Lakes in CA

Lake Name Lake Summary
Angora Lakes Angora Lakes Pictures Also known as: Upper Angora Lake, Lower Angora Lake
Tiny Angora Lakes in California's High Sierra region are a delight to the senses. These beautiful twin alpine lakes surrounded by rocky cliffs grace a ...
Barrett Lake Barrett Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Barrett, Barrett Reservoir
Tucked away in a solitary fishing hole, a fisherman casts and pulls in a trophy-sized Northern-strain large mouth bass. The opportunity to catch trophy ...
Bass Lake Bass Lake Pictures Also known as: Crane Valley Reservoir
Snuggled into the heart of the Sierra National Forest and located at the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park, Bass Lake enjoys an ideal California ...
Big Bear Lake Big Bear Lake Pictures Located just 100 miles from Los Angeles but wrapped in an entirely different environment, Big Bear Lake is both convenient and escapist. Surrounded by ...
Bucks Lake Bucks Lake Pictures A peregrine falcon, perched in the top of a silvery, windswept pine, watches a sailboat tack back and forth across the clear cool water of Bucks Lake. ...
Castaic Lake Castaic Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Castaic
Almost every lake promises something for everyone, but Castaic Lake in Los Angeles County, California delivers. With separate sections of its 2,427 acres ...
Cherry Lake Cherry Lake Pictures Also known as: Cherry Creek Reservoir
Creation of Cherry Lake and the Tuolumne River watershed was a cooperative effort among the city and county of San Francisco, the Modesto and Turlock ...
Clear Lake Clear Lake Pictures Clear Lake's spectacular 43,785 acres earn it the superlative of largest natural freshwater lake located entirely within the state of California. This ...
Clear Lake Reservoir Located in Modoc County, California near the Oregon border, Clear Lake Reservoir stands statuesque among the surrounding hills and plains. The original ...
Coast Trail Lakes, Point Reyes National Seashore Coast Trail Lakes, Point Reyes National Seashore Pictures Also known as: Bass Lake, Pelican Lake, Crystal Lake, Ocean Lake, Wildcat Lake
One of the most popular day hikes in the California Bay Area is a trek beside the Coast Trail Lakes of Point Reyes National Seashore. Only 45 minutes ...
Copco Lake Copco Lake is tucked snugly away into the mountainous country of northern California's Shasta Cascade region. The region, named after the indigenous ...
Crowley Lake Crowley Lake Pictures Also known as: Long Valley Reservoir, Lake Crowley
Crowley Lake is known for excellent trout fishing in California's High Sierras region. Before construction of the Long Valley Dam in 1941, few trout existed ...
Crystal Lake Also known as: Sycamore Lake
Found in the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California, Crystal Lake is a lake in transition. Since the 1860s there are records of fires, floods and ...
Diamond Valley Lake Diamond Valley Lake Pictures Also known as: Diamond Valley Reservoir
Diamond Valley Lake lies between two mountains in California's Inland Empire tourism region. The 4,500-acre lake is Southern California's newest and largest ...
Don Pedro Lake Don Pedro Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Don Pedro, Don Pedro Reservoir
Don Pedro Lake, also known as Don Pedro Reservoir and Lake Don Pedro, is nestled into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With a surface area ...
Donner Lake Donner Lake Pictures Also known as: Truckee Lake
Steeped in the history of America's Emigrant Trail, Donner Lake sits in California's beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. Found within Nevada County's charming ...
Eagle Lake Eagle Lake Pictures Eagle Lake, located in Lassen County about 15 miles north of Susanville, California, is one of the largest natural lakes within the state boundaries. ...
Fallen Leaf Lake Fallen Leaf Lake Pictures Travelers who enjoy the splendor of Lake Tahoe might never be aware of the smaller but very beautiful Fallen Leaf Lake that is located just one mile south ...
Folsom Lake Folsom Lake Pictures Folsom Lake lays magnificently nestled along the American River at the base of the Sierra foothills. It is surrounded by an abundance of striking scenic ...
Huntington Lake Huntington Lake Pictures Huntington Lake is located high in the Sierra Mountain Range, just below the Alpine level, at 6,950 feet. The lake covers 1,435 acres and extends 4 miles ...
June Lake June Lake Pictures With Yosemite to the west, Kings Canyon to the south, Lake Tahoe to the north and Nevada to the east, there is no place to vacation like June Lake. Located ...
Kelly Lake Kelly Lake Pictures Take a scenic 95-mile drive south of San Francisco and you will arrive at the exclusive Kelly Lake properties in the community of Watsonville. Kelly Lake ...
Lake Almanor Lake Almanor Pictures One of the largest artificial lakes in the state, Lake Almanor lays claim to approximately 28,000 acres of northeastern California. The lake was created ...
Lake Arrowhead Lake Arrowhead Pictures Also known as: Little Bear Lake
In 1891 a group of Ohio businessmen formed a company to construct a reservoir to provide water to irrigate the southern California lowlands. Lake Arrowhead, ...
Lake Berryessa Lake Berryessa Pictures Lake Berryessa, nestled into the heart of California's wine country, is the largest lake in Napa County. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation built the Monticello ...
Lake Camanche Also known as: Camanche Reservoir
Lake Camanche is situated on the border of Calaveras and Amador Counties in California's Gold Country tourism region. These two counties played influential ...
Lake Combie Also known as: Combie Lake, Combie Reservoir, Van Giesen
Lake Combie is an impoundment of the Bear River flowing along the Placer and Nevada County line in northwestern California's Gold Country. Also known ...
Lake Elsinore Lake Elsinore Pictures Cradled at the foot of the Ortega Mountains and at the entrance to the Cleveland National Forest, Lake Elsinore enjoys an ideal location. At about 3,300 ...
Lake Gregory Lake Gregory Pictures Also known as: Lake Gregory Regional Park
Lake Gregory is a recreational retreat situated almost 5,000 feet above sea level in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. Surrounded by ...
Lake Havasu Lake Havasu Pictures Lake Havasu's 20,400 acres, formed behind Parker Dam on the Colorado River, is a boating paradise. Around Lake Havasu City, the most recognizable sight ...
Lake Hemet Lake Hemet Pictures Also known as: Lake Hemet Reservoir
Not far from the famed San Jacinto Peak in California's Inland Empire, Lake Hemet Reservoir offers plenty of nature-focused recreation to lucky visitors. ...
Lake Isabella Lake Isabella Pictures Also known as: Isabella Reservoir
Lake Isabella is an 11,200 acre reservoir in Kern County, California, about 35 miles northeast of Bakersfield. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created ...
Lake Madrone Also known as: Madrone Lake
Lake Madrone might be small at just 25 acres, but it is anything but scant on looks. The lake is a phenomenal beauty surrounded by a gated mountain community ...
Lake Mendocino Lake Mendocino Pictures With the gateway to the redwoods on one side and California's wine country on the other, Lake Mendocino is an extraordinary vacation destination. The ...
Lake Nacimiento Lake Nacimiento Pictures Also known as: Dragon Lake
Located in central California in northern San Luis Obispo County, Lake Nacimiento is truly a sight to see. This 18.6 mile long beauty received the nickname ...
Lake of the Pines Also known as: Main Lake, Entrance Pond, Huck Finn Pond, Hazel Lake
Located in the foothills of northeastern California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake of the Pines is a 232-acre private lake surrounded by a gated community. ...
Lake Oroville Lake Oroville Pictures Also known as: Oroville Reservoir
Lake Oroville, snuggled into the Sierra Nevada Foothills about 75 miles north of Sacramento, is one of northern California's favorite playgrounds. Boasting ...
Lake Pillsbury Surrounded by the Mendocino National Forest and approachable only by gravel roads, Lake Pillsbury in Lake County, California is an exciting destination ...
Lake Sonoma Lake Sonoma Pictures In 1983 the US Army Corps of Engineers completed the Warm Springs Dam, and the almost limitless recreation opportunities of Sonoma County California expanded ...
Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe Pictures Tucked into the Sierra Nevada Mountains and straddling the California-Nevada state line, Lake Tahoe is one of the most famous lakes in the United States. ...
Lake Tulloch Lake Tulloch Pictures Also known as: Tulloch Lake
An impoundment of the Stanislaus River, Lake Tulloch is part of a much larger water system and provides water for both irrigation and recreation. With ...
Lake Wildwood Lake Wildwood Pictures A delightful private lake in California's Gold Country, Lake Wildwood is ideally placed to furnish variety and enjoyment. The 290-acre man-made lake in ...
Lakes Basin Recreation Area Lakes Basin Recreation Area Pictures Also known as: Gold Lake, Bear Lake, Round Lake, Salmon Lake, Sardine Lake, Long Lake
The many small lakes in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area of California's Gold Country never fail to please. The 20+ named lakes draw outdoor adventurers ...
Lewiston Lake A great blue heron intent on catching fish for his breakfast stands undisturbed as a canoe glides by, holding an angler with the same idea. With nothing ...
Little Lakes Valley Trail Chain of Lakes Little Lakes Valley Trail Chain of Lakes Pictures Also known as: Mack Lake, Marsh Lake, Heart Lake, Box Lake, Long Lake, Chickenfoot Lake, Lower Gem Lake, Upper Gem Lake
The Little Lakes Valley Trail is an 'easy' trail, according to experienced hikers in California's High Sierras. However, these beautiful lakes are located ...
Littlerock Reservoir Also known as: Littlerock Lake, Little Rock Reservoir, Little Rock Lake
Littlerock Reservoir is a man-made water storage system located in Los Angeles County, California, southeast of Palmdale and about three miles southwest ...
Los Vaqueros Reservoir Los Vaqueros Reservoir Pictures Also known as: Los Vaqueros Lake
The Los Vaqueros Reservoir in the San Francisco Bay area is being remodeled! Soon to be re-opened, Los Vaqueros Lake is going to be even bigger and better. ...
Mammoth Lakes Mammoth Lakes Pictures Mammoth Lakes, in California's High Sierras Region, is something of a misnomer. There is no lake named Mammoth. Instead, a group of small lakes southwest ...
Monarch Lakes Also known as: Upper Monarch Lake, Lower Monarch Lake
Upper and Lower Monarch Lake grace the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Sequoia National Park. An elevation climb to 10,600 feet takes ...
Mono Lake Mono Lake Pictures Mono Lake, located in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, has a long and rich history dating back to its formation over 760,000 years ago. Sediments ...
New Bullards Bar Reservoir New Bullards Bar Reservoir Pictures Also known as: Bullards Bar Reservoir
New Bullards Bar Reservoir is located on the west side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Yuba County, California, surrounded by the Tahoe and Plumas National ...
New Melones Lake New Melones Lake Pictures Also known as: New Melones Reservoir
Gently placed into the central Sierra Nevada Mountains near Sonora in Calaveras County, New Melones Lake holds the title of fourth largest reservoir by ...
Pine Mountain Lake Pine Mountain Lake Pictures Pine Mountain Lake is a private lake and community in Tuolomne County California. With amenities that include a golf course, restaurant and stables open ...
Pinecrest Lake Pinecrest Lake Pictures Also known as: Pinecrest Reservoir, Strawberry Reservoir, Strawberry Flat, Edna Lake, Lake Edna
Surrounded by the stately pines of Stanislaus National Forest and rocky terrain of California's High Sierras, Pinecrest Lake attracts well over 600,000 ...
Quarry Lakes Quarry Lakes Pictures Also known as: Horseshoe Lake, Rainbow Lake, Lago Los Osos
In an amazing display of landscape renovation, California's Bay Area created a much-loved recreational area featuring the Quarry Lakes. Horseshoe, Rainbow ...
Salton Sea Salton Sea Pictures Also known as: Salton Lake
Salton Sea, sometimes called Salton Lake, is an inland saline lake located in southern California along the Mexican border. Though hard to believe, the ...
San Luis Reservoir San Luis Reservoir Pictures A sparkling sapphire gem carved into the eastern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, the San Luis Reservoir enjoys a scenic location in Merced County. This ...
Santee Lakes Santee Lakes Pictures In arid San Diego County, seven interconnected lakes show just how attractive reclaimed water can be. The 190-acre Santee Lakes Regional Park celebrated ...
Sequoia Lake Sequoia Lake Pictures Sequoia Lake is a recreational lake on private land within Kings Canyon National Park in Fresno County, California. Part of the High Sierra Region, Sequoia ...
Shasta Lake Shasta Lake Pictures Shasta Lake, one of the largest lakes in California, is an outdoor paradise of fresh blue water, awe-inspiring caverns, investigative trails, first class ...
Shaver Lake Also known as: Shaver Reservoir
Sixty miles east of Fresno, hidden in the High Sierra Region, Shaver Lake is one of California's favorite recreation destinations. There have been many ...
Silverwood Lake Silverwood Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Silverwood
Rimmed with live oak, manzanita, and mountain mahogany and set against the backdrop of the snow-capped San Bernardino Mountains, Silverwood Lake is an ...
Success Lake Success Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Success, Success Reservoir
Feeding America's families is just one of the quiet duties of Success Lake in California's fertile Central Valley region. Since the Tule River was dammed ...
Topaz Lake Topaz Lake Pictures Also known as: Topaz Reservoir
Topaz Lake is a man-made reservoir located on the border of Nevada and California, about 75 miles south of Reno, Nevada. The reservoir was built on the ...
Trinity Lake Trinity Lake Pictures Also known as: Clair Engle Lake
In 1976 Tim Brady from Weaverville caught the California record smallmouth bass in Trinity Lake. The quiet lake still draws anglers today, both for the ...
Tule Lake Tule Lake Pictures Tule Lake, located near the California/Oregon border, comprises about 13,240 acres of the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The Tule Lake Basin has ...
Twain Harte Lake Twain Harte Lake Pictures Set in historic California Gold Country, Twain Harte Lake sparkles like a small mountain gem. Originally home to a village of Mi-Wuc Native Americans ...
Virginia Lakes Chain of Lakes Virginia Lakes Chain of Lakes Pictures Also known as: Trumbull Lake, Red Lake, Bue Lake, Little Virginia Lake, Big Virginia Lake, Cooney Lake, Moat Lake, Frog Lakes
Uncrowded and unspoiled are the perfect words to describe the nine Virginia Lakes. Strung along Virginia Creek in California's High Sierras, most of the ...
Whiskeytown Lake Whiskeytown Lake Pictures Pristine Whiskeytown Lake is located 8 miles west of Redding in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, a portion of the larger Shasta-Trinity Recreation ...

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