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Lake Name Area in acres Lake Description
Lake Okeechobee
(Florida, USA)
451,000 Lake Okeechobee Pictures Lake Okeechobee Message Forums With over 451,000 blue, watery acres, Lake Okeechobee is a lake with many titles. It is, by surface acreage, the largest lake in Florida. It also holds the distinction of being the fourth-largest lake wholly contained within the USA. (Lake Michigan, Alaska's Lake Iliamna, and Great Salt Lake are larger.) ...
Lake Pontchartrain
(Louisiana, USA)
403,200 Lake Pontchartrain Pictures Lake Pontchartrain Message Forums Lake Pontchartrain technically isn't a lake at all. In scientific circles, it's referred to as an estuary. That's really just a fancy way to say that it's a coastal body of water that either has an open connection, or is somehow connected to a sea. Lake Pontchartrain is bound by land, but one side ...
Toledo Bend Reservoir
(Louisiana, USA / Texas, USA)
181,600 Toledo Bend Reservoir Pictures Also known as: Toledo Bend Lake
A grand experience is assured in visiting Toledo Bend Reservoir, renowned as the largest man-made aquatic body in the southern United States. Cradled on the Sabine River between Texas and Louisiana, the lake meanders along for 65 miles and occupies a refreshing 1200 miles of shoreline. This extravagant ...
Kentucky Lake
(Kentucky, USA / Tennessee, USA)
160,309 Kentucky Lake Pictures Kentucky Lake is the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi when measured by surface acres at "full pond," the normal water level: 184 miles long, 2 miles wide, 160,309 surface acres, and 2,380 miles of shoreline! The lake stretches south across the western tip of Kentucky into Tennessee. Kentucky ...
Lake Marion
(South Carolina, USA)
110,600 Lake Marion Pictures The largest lake in South Carolina at 172 square miles, Lake Marion straddles five counties: Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg, and Sumter. It is located in the Santee Cooper Country Tourism Region. Created in 1942 in tandem with its sister reservoir, Lake Moultrie, the two lakes cover 174,000 ...
J. Strom Thurmond Lake
(Georgia, USA / South Carolina, USA)
71,000 J. Strom Thurmond Lake Pictures J. Strom Thurmond Lake Message Forums Also known as: Lake Strom Thurmond, J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir, Clarks Hill Lake, Thurmond Lake
J. Strom Thurmond Lake, aka Clarks Hill Lake, holds the title of second largest artificial lake east of the Mississippi River. Straddling the Georgia-South Carolina border, the lake encompasses a mind-boggling surface area of 71,000 acres, and welcomes millions of visitors per year. This enormous body ...
Lake Guntersville
(Alabama, USA / Tennessee, USA)
69,100 Lake Guntersville Pictures Also known as: Guntersville Lake, Guntersville Reservoir
Alabama's Mountain Region contains the state's largest lake: Lake Guntersville. Cradled in the Appalachian foothills of northern Alabama, it's located between Bridgeport and Guntersville, stretching 75 miles into Tennessee (near Chattanooga). 949 miles of shoreline surround its 69,000 acres. Lake Guntersville ...
Wheeler Lake
(Alabama, USA)
67,070 Wheeler Lake Pictures Also known as: Wheeler Reservoir
Wheeler Lake in northern Alabama's Mountain Region is the state's second-largest lake at 67,100 acres. The Tennessee Valley Authority created Wheeler Reservoir by constructing the Wheeler Dam across the Tennessee River between 1933 and 1936. Wheeler Lake is one of nine reservoirs that create a navigable ...
Lake Moultrie
(South Carolina, USA)
60,400 Lake Moultrie Pictures Lake Moultrie Message Forums Lake Moultrie is located 31 miles north of Charleston in the low country of South Carolina. The lake is renowned for both its fishing and its natural beauty. Lake Moultrie gives its visitors a chance to experience unspoiled waterways and woodlands, all within minutes of historic Charleston. Lake ...
Lake Barkley
(Kentucky, USA / Tennessee, USA)
57,920 Lake Barkley Pictures Lake Barkley Message Forums Lake Barkley is one of the premier recreational destinations in Western Kentucky. The reservoir was created by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1966 for flood control, hydroelectric power, and navigation; the Barkley Dam impounds the Cumberland River near Grand Rivers, Kentucky. Lake Barkley offers visitors ...
Hartwell Lake
(Georgia, USA / South Carolina, USA)
55,900 Hartwell Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Hartwell
So large it covers parts of six counties in two states, Lake Hartwell draws millions of visitors a year to play on its 56,000 acres of water. With plenty of water for boating, water skiing and fishing, it has become one of the most popular recreation lakes in the southeast. Lake Hartwell in the Northeast ...
Lake Cumberland
(Kentucky, USA)
50,250 Lake Cumberland Pictures Lake Cumberland boasts an impressive 50,250 acres and 1,255 miles of winding shoreline at its normal full pool level of 723 feet above sea level. The lake covers parts of Clinton, Laurel, Pulaski, Russell, and Wayne counties in southeastern Kentucky. Lake Cumberland reservoir was created by the ...
Kerr Lake
(North Carolina, USA / Virginia, USA)
48,900 Kerr Lake Pictures Kerr Lake Message Forums Also known as: Kerr Reservoir, John H Kerr Reservoir, Buggs Island Lake, Buggs Island Reservoir
The 48,900-acre John H. Kerr Reservoir straddles the Virginia-North Carolina border. This impoundment of the Roanoke and Dan Rivers, completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1952, was created originally for flood control and for generation of hydroelectric power. Kerr Lake has become a recreational ...
Lake Murray
(South Carolina, USA)
48,000 Lake Murray Pictures The kayak slips quietly through the water, dipping in and out of the finger coves that fringe the lake. The sun is just peeking over the horizon. For a few more hours, she'll have Lake Murray to herself -- almost anyway. It's a fantastic fishing lake, known for trophy-sized striped bass, so the anglers ...
Lake George
(Florida, USA)
46,000 Lake George Pictures Lake George Message Forums Lake George is the second largest lake in Florida, second only to Lake Okeechobee. Lake George is also the largest lake on the St. Johns River, about 12 miles long, 6 miles wide, and covering about 46,000 acres. The St. Johns River meanders slowly northward about 300 miles on its way to the Atlantic ...
Bull Shoals Lake
(Missouri, USA / Arkansas, USA)
45,440 Bull Shoals Lake Pictures Tucked in the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals Lake offers year round opportunities for relaxation and recreation. With over 45,000 surface acres of water it is the larger of the Ozark Twin Lakes (Norfolk Lake being the other), extending from northern Arkansas into southern Missouri. Its rocky shoreline, ...
Walter F. George Lake
(Alabama, USA / Georgia, USA)
45,180 Walter F. George Lake Message Forums Also known as: Eufaula Lake, Walter F. George Reservoir, Lake Chattahoochee
Walter F. George Lake straddles 85 miles of the Georgia/Alabama border along the Chattahoochee River. Visitors will see varying names for the lake depending on which road they arrive on or which map they use. Some will see Lake Eufaula, others will see Walter F. George Reservoir. The U.S. Army Corp ...
Lake Martin
(Alabama, USA)
44,000 Lake Martin Pictures Lake Martin Message Forums Also known as: Martin Lake
Lake Martin, located in Central Alabama near Alexander City, stretches out over 44,000 acres with an incredible 750 miles of shoreline. Nestled within scenic Tallapoosa County, Elmore County, and Coosa County, Lake Martin is an ideal place for recreational pursuits. The reservoir was created by Alabama ...
Pickwick Lake
(Alabama, USA / Mississippi, USA / Tennessee, USA)
43,100 Pickwick Lake Pictures Also known as: Pickwick Reservoir
Pickwick Lake is a 43,100-acre reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) with construction of Pickwick Landing Dam across the Tennessee River. Construction of Pickwick Lake reservoir took four years to complete, from 1934 to 1938. Pickwick Reservoir stretches out over 53 miles, from ...
Table Rock Lake
(Missouri, USA / Arkansas, USA)
43,100 Table Rock Lake Pictures Branson, Missouri has the saying "Someone you love is playing here." When you visit nearby Table Rock Lake, the person playing is sure to be you. With all the amenities that Branson has to offer and some of the nation's best bass fishing, Table Rock Lake is an Ozark Mountain playground waiting to ...
Lake Ouachita
(Arkansas, USA)
40,100 Lake Ouachita Pictures Also known as: Blakely Mountain Dam Reservoir
Lake Ouachita is completely surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. It's the largest lake located entirely within the state of Arkansas. More than 200 islands can make your own private camping spot a reality! Explore 40,000+ acres of boating and water recreation, and 975 miles of shoreline. There ...
Lake Mattamuskeet
(North Carolina, USA)
40,000 Lake Mattamuskeet Pictures Lake Mattamuskeet Message Forums 40,000-acre Lake Mattamuskeet is located in North Carolina's Coastal tourism region. Although the lake averages only 2-3 feet deep, it is one of the most beautiful lakes in Hyde County, west of the Outer Banks. Dating back to 1585, Lake Mattamuskeet was visited by 60 explorers from Sir Walter Raleigh's ...
Watts Bar Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
39,090 Watts Bar Lake Pictures Also known as: Watts Bar Reservoir
Midway between Knoxville and Chattanooga, Watts Bar Lake has been called "King of the Southern Great Lakes." Watts Bar Lake is an impoundment of the Tennessee River created by Watts Bar Dam. Construction on the dam started in 1939 and was finished in 1942 three weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl ...
Lake Lanier
(Georgia, USA)
38,000 Lake Lanier Pictures Also known as: Lake Sidney Lanier
Lake Sidney Lanier, better known as Lake Lanier, stretches out over 38,000 acres and 692 miles of shoreline along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northeast Georgia. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created Lake Lanier during the 1950's by constructing the Buford Dam and impounding the Chattahoochee ...
Lake Seminole
(Florida, USA / Georgia, USA)
37,500 Lake Seminole Pictures Lake Seminole Message Forums Lake Seminole divides its 37,500 watery acres between Georgia and Florida. The lake is conveniently located about 40 miles northwest of Tallahassee, Florida and 20 miles from Bainbridge, Georgia. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created the reservoir between 1947 and 1957 by damming the Chattahoochee ...

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