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Here are the 67 lakes we have listed within USA > West > California - compared by Highest Altitude/Elevation.

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Lake Name Elevation in feet Lake Description
Monarch Lakes
(California, USA)
10,600 Monarch Lakes Message Forums 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 you past breathtaking views of Sawtooth Peak, Mineral Peak and Mineral King Valley to Upper Monarch Lake. Formed by a dam built in the early 1900s, ...
Mammoth Lakes
(California, USA)
8,967 Mammoth Lakes Pictures Mammoth Lakes Message Forums 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 of the town of Mammoth Lakes, in a geological formation called the Mammoth Lakes Basin, lies beneath Mammoth Mountain. The lakes - Lake Mary, Lake ...
June Lake
(California, USA)
7,621 June Lake Pictures June Lake Message Forums 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 in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, June Lake borders the unincorporated resort community of June Lake Village. The village and four ...
Angora Lakes
(California, USA)
7,450 Angora Lakes Pictures Angora Lakes Message Forums 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 glacial basin south of Lake Tahoe that is visited by thousands every year. That's a lot of visitors for lakes that cannot be reached by car. In truth, ...
Lake Alpine
(California, USA)
7,306 Lake Alpine Pictures Lake Alpine Message Forums A lovely gem set among California's High Sierra mountains, Lake Alpine beckons the outdoor fan looking for solitude. The lake is a reservoir created when the Lake Alpine Dam was built across Silver Creek. The reservoir acts as a water regulation and storage basin for hydroelectric power generation ...
Huntington Lake
(California, USA)
6,950 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 long and 1/2 mile wide. With 14 miles of shoreline, Huntington Lake offers abundant year-round activities. Hiking, camping, cycling, horseback riding, ...
Crowley Lake
(California, USA)
6,781 Crowley Lake Pictures Crowley Lake Message Forums 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 in the Owens River. After the new reservoir filled with water, trout planted by California's Department of Fish and Wildlife grew into an excellent ...
Big Bear Lake
(California, USA)
6,743 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 rolling mountain and plunging valleys, Big Bear was dropped into the middle of the San Bernardino National Forest, making it a top destination for nature ...
Mono Lake
(California, USA)
6,382 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 below the lake's surface indicate that Mono Lake might be a leftover of an earlier, larger lake. Today, Mono Lake is fed from melting runoff ...
Fallen Leaf Lake
(California, USA)
6,377 Fallen Leaf Lake Pictures Fallen Leaf Lake Message Forums 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 in El Dorado County, California. This glacial freshwater lake, at 2.9 miles (4.6 kilometers) long and 0.9 miles (1.4 kilometers) wide, is the second ...
Lake Tahoe
(California, USA / Nevada, USA)
6,225 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. It's the second deepest lake in the country (only Crater Lake in Oregon is deeper), and was home to the area's 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics. ...
Donner Lake
(California, USA)
5,936 Donner Lake Pictures Donner Lake Message Forums 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 community of Truckee, Donner Lake is a pleasant 100-mile drive east of Sacramento, 17 miles from Lake Tahoe, and less than 40 miles from Reno, ...
Pinecrest Lake
(California, USA)
5,610 Pinecrest Lake Pictures Pinecrest Lake Message Forums 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 visitors to its shores each year. With Yosemite National Park found 20 miles to the southeast, Lake Tahoe 70 miles to the north and San Francisco 180 ...
Crystal Lake
(California, USA)
5,436 Crystal Lake Message Forums 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 restoration efforts at Crystal Lake. Still a popular summer fishing spot, Crystal Lake Recreation Area is once again recovering from floods, fires and ...
Sequoia Lake
(California, USA)
5,341 Sequoia Lake Pictures Sequoia Lake Message Forums 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 Lake is a great place for camping, boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking. With its close proximity to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, ...
Hume Lake
(California, USA)
5,200 Hume Lake Pictures Hume Lake Message Forums Also known as: Hume Reservoir
Fifty miles east of busy Fresno, California, Hume Lake awaits. One of the best-loved scenic lakes within the Sequoia National Forest, little Hume Lake has been welcoming visitors since it was created in 1908. The world's first multi-arched concrete dam was built across Tenmile Creek in the southern ...
Bucks Lake
(California, USA)
5,155 Bucks Lake Pictures Bucks Lake Message Forums 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. Set against the backdrop of the Plumas National Forest and rimmed with tall straight pine trees, Bucks Lake in the Shasta Cascade region of northern ...
Lake Arrowhead
(California, USA)
5,107 Lake Arrowhead Pictures Lake Arrowhead Message Forums 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, the resulting reservoir, is much more than simply a source of water. The self proclaimed "Jewel of Southern California" nestled in the San Bernardino ...
Eagle Lake
(California, USA)
5,098 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. At just over 24,000 acres, the lake is an ideal environment to the native osprey and Bald Eagles, from which the natural reservoir got its name. About ...
Donnells Reservoir
(California, USA)
4,913 Donnells Reservoir Pictures Donnells Reservoir Message Forums Also known as: Donnells Lake, Donnell Lake
Donnells Reservoir is one of the Central Sierra's most picturesque lakes. Sometimes called Donnell Lake, it has its own dedicated viewing location and is often seen but seldom visited. The miles-long reservoir flooding a portion of the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River lies between steep granite ...
Cherry Lake
(California, USA)
4,703 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 Irrigation Districts, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. San Francisco's search for additional water supplies dates back to 1882, when the Hetch Hetchy ...
Lake Gregory
(California, USA)
4,551 Lake Gregory Pictures Lake Gregory Message Forums 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 the the San Bernardino National Forest's majestic pines and picturesque vistas, the lake's air is cool and clean. Rather small, at 86 acres, compared ...
Clear Lake Reservoir
(California, USA)
4,536 Located in Modoc County, California near the Oregon border, Clear Lake Reservoir stands statuesque among the surrounding hills and plains. The original earthfill dam was built across the Lost River in 1910 and replaced with a new concrete dam in 2002. Though the reservoir was first created to reduce ...
Lake Hemet
(California, USA)
4,341 Lake Hemet Pictures Lake Hemet Message Forums 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. The reservoir, built along the San Jacinto River, holds water to be supplied to several towns and businesses in the Palm Springs area. Originally ...
Tule Lake
(California, USA)
4,035 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 a rich but sad history, once home to the Tule Lake War Relocation Center. Today, the Tule Lake area is recognized for its diverse natural beauty, laid ...


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