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Here are the 59 lakes we have listed within USA > West > California - compared by Longest Shorelines.

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Lake Name Shoreline length in miles Lake Description
Lake Havasu
(Arizona, USA / California, USA)
450 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 is the London Bridge, completely moved from Great Britain to this unlikely location. Robert McCulloch (of McCulloch chainsaw fame) bought the bridge ...
Shasta Lake
(California, USA)
365 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 fishing, and so much more. After 8 years of construction, the Shasta Dam was completed in 1945, creating an incredible 29,500 acre lake with 365 miles ...
Lake Oroville
(California, USA)
167 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 the tallest earthen dam in the United States -- 770 feet -- the reservoir was built by the California Department of Water Resources on the Feather ...
Lake Berryessa
(California, USA)
165 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 Dam on Putah Creek in 1957 for flood control, municipal and industrial water supply, and irrigation water supply. The reservoir filled to over ...
Lake Nacimiento
(California, USA)
163 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 "Dragon Lake" because of its many arms which include Snake Creek, Dip Creek, Las Tablas Creek, and Franklin Creek. With 5,727 water acres, 163 miles ...
Don Pedro Lake
(California, USA)
160 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 of nearly 13,000 acres, Lake Don Pedro is the fifth largest reservoir according to capacity in California. Today, it is used for agricultural irrigation, ...
Trinity Lake
(California, USA)
145 Trinity Lake Pictures Trinity Lake Message Forums 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 fishing and the outstanding history and recreation nearby. Construction of Trinity Dam on the Trinity River started in 1957 and was completed in ...
Clear Lake
(California, USA)
127 Clear Lake Pictures Clear Lake Message Forums Clear Lake's spectacular 43,785 acres earn it the superlative of largest natural freshwater lake located entirely within the state of California. This unique natural reservoir is also thought to be one of the oldest lakes in North America - at 480,000 years or more - and it contains several underwater ...
Salton Sea
(California, USA)
110 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 creation of one of the world's largest inland seas was an accident: in 1905, flooding of the Colorado River caused water to flow through the canal barriers ...
Eagle Lake
(California, USA)
100 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 ...
New Melones Lake
(California, USA)
100 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 volume in California. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed the New Melones Dam and powerhouse between 1966 and 1979 for flood control on the ...
Folsom Lake
(California, USA)
75 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 views and rolling hills. The 75-mile shoreline attracts more than four million visitors a year. Folsom Lake is one of the most visited lakes in California. ...
Lake Tahoe
(California, USA / Nevada, USA)
75 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. ...
San Luis Reservoir
(California, USA)
65 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 California reservoir is jointly owned and operated by the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Unlike other ...
Lake Tulloch
(California, USA)
55 Lake Tulloch Pictures Lake Tulloch Message Forums 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 its recreational boating, fantastic fishing, and local gold rush history, Lake Tulloch has something for everyone. Created in 1958 with the construction ...
New Bullards Bar Reservoir
(California, USA)
55 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 Forests. This 4700-acre lake was created by the Yuba County Water Agency by impounding the North Fork of the Yuba River for flood control, irrigation ...
Lake Camanche
(California, USA)
53 Lake Camanche Message Forums 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 roles in the infamous gold rushes of the 1800s. The municipality of Camanche originally went by the name 'Limerick' and then by 'Clay's Bar' before ...
Lake Sonoma
(California, USA)
53 Lake Sonoma Pictures Lake Sonoma Message Forums In 1983 the US Army Corps of Engineers completed the Warm Springs Dam, and the almost limitless recreation opportunities of Sonoma County California expanded to include Lake Sonoma. With its fantastic fishing, boating, and water sports and the beauty of the surrounding wine country, the 2700-acre Lake ...
Lake Almanor
(California, USA)
52 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 when Great Western Power built a dam on the North Fork Feather River in 1927. The dam currrently provides hydroelectric power under the ownership ...
Crowley Lake
(California, USA)
45 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 ...
Cachuma Lake
(California, USA)
42 Cachuma Lake Pictures Cachuma Lake Message Forums Also known as: Cachuma Reservoir, Lake Cachuma
One of the most popular destination lakes along the California Central Coast is 3100-acre Cachuma Lake. In 1953, the federal Bureau of Reclamation constructed a dam across the Santa Ynez River to provide a water supply to nearby Santa Barbara and surrounding areas. After the Cachuma Dam, later renamed ...
Mono Lake
(California, USA)
40 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 ...
Lake Isabella
(California, USA)
38 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 the lake, also known as Isabella Reservoir, in 1953 for flood control along the Kern River, irrigation water storage, and hydroelectric generation. ...
Whiskeytown Lake
(California, USA)
36 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 Area. It is formed by Whiskeytown Dam on Clear Creek as part of the Bureau of Reclamation's Central Valley Water Project, providing water for agriculture, ...
Castaic Lake
(California, USA)
32 Castaic Lake Pictures Castaic Lake Message Forums 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 of water designated for different uses, there is truly room for everyone. Surrounded by the Castaic Lake State Recreation Area and just 45 minutes ...

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