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Lake Name Area in acres Lake Description
Salton Sea
(California, USA)
240,640 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 ...
Lake Tahoe
(California, USA / Nevada, USA)
122,000 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. ...
Mono Lake
(California, USA)
44,762 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 ...
Clear Lake
(California, USA)
43,785 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 ...
Shasta Lake
(California, USA)
29,500 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 Almanor
(California, USA)
28,257 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 ...
Clear Lake Reservoir
(California, USA)
25,760 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 ...
Eagle Lake
(California, USA)
24,000 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 ...
Lake Havasu
(Arizona, USA / California, USA)
20,400 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 ...
Lake Berryessa
(California, USA)
20,000 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 ...
Trinity Lake
(California, USA)
17,280 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 ...
Lake Oroville
(California, USA)
15,500 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 ...
Tule Lake
(California, USA)
13,240 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 ...
Don Pedro Lake
(California, USA)
12,900 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, ...
San Luis Reservoir
(California, USA)
12,700 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 ...
New Melones Lake
(California, USA)
12,500 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)
11,450 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 Isabella
(California, USA)
11,200 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. ...
Lake Camanche
(California, USA)
7,770 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 Nacimiento
(California, USA)
5,727 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 ...
Crowley Lake
(California, USA)
5,280 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 ...
New Bullards Bar Reservoir
(California, USA)
4,700 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 ...
Diamond Valley Lake
(California, USA)
4,500 Diamond Valley Lake Pictures Diamond Valley Lake Message Forums 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 reservoir. It has only been at full pond since 2002 and already has been crowned the "Jewel" of California lakes, with a reputation for excellent ...
Lake Elsinore
(California, USA)
3,300 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 acres, the lake also holds the title of largest natural freshwater lake in southern California. Boasting a temperate climate year-round and known for ...
Whiskeytown Lake
(California, USA)
3,200 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, ...

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