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Here are the 173 lakes we have listed within USA > South - compared by Largest Lakes - Water Volume.

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Lake Name Volume in acre-feet Lake Description
Lake Pontchartrain
(Louisiana, USA)
4,838,400 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)
4,477,000 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)
4,008,000 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 Cumberland
(Kentucky, USA)
3,995,000 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 ...
Bull Shoals Lake
(Missouri, USA / Arkansas, USA)
3,400,000 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, ...
Kerr Lake
(North Carolina, USA / Virginia, USA)
3,364,500 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 Ouachita
(Arkansas, USA)
2,768,000 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 ...
Table Rock Lake
(Missouri, USA / Arkansas, USA)
2,702,000 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 ...
Hartwell Lake
(Georgia, USA / South Carolina, USA)
2,550,000 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 Lanier
(Georgia, USA)
1,957,000 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 ...
Greers Ferry Lake
(Arkansas, USA)
1,910,000 Greers Ferry Lake Pictures People who love the outdoors will love Greers Ferry Lake. The lake offers ample opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, hunting, and world class fishing. With nearby shopping, multiple golf courses, and an interesting social environment, there is something for everyone. Tucked in the foothills ...
Norfork Lake
(Missouri, USA / Arkansas, USA)
1,900,000 Norfork Lake Pictures Locals describe Norfork Lake as "unspoiled, uncrowded, and unforgettable." It is an apt description for this beautiful lake hidden in the Ozark Region of Arkansas and the Southwest Region of Missouri. Most of Norfolk Lake's 22,000 acres are in Arkansas, with its northern portion extending into Missouri. ...
J. Strom Thurmond Lake
(Georgia, USA / South Carolina, USA)
1,730,000 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 Martin
(Alabama, USA)
1,626,000 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 ...
Sardis Lake
(Mississippi, USA)
1,512,000 Sardis Lake Pictures Sardis Lake Message Forums Sardis Lake is a popular visitor destination with over 5 million people flocking to the water each year. Located in the counties of Panola, Lafayette and Marshall in the Hills Region of northern Mississippi, Sardis Lake is accessible from Scenic Loop 315. With 32,500 surface acres of water and pristine ...
Cherokee Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
1,460,000 Cherokee Lake Pictures Also known as: Cherokee Reservoir
Cherokee Lake: Artists stop at Clinch Mountain Overlook to paint it, and photographers to photograph it, and every year millions of people come from all over to enjoy its beautiful waters. Cherokee Lake is a fantastic place to boat, fish, and enjoy. With Pigeon Forge, Tennessee nearby, there is sure ...
Lake Marion
(South Carolina, USA)
1,437,800 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 ...
Douglas Lake
(Tennessee, USA)
1,419,700 Also known as: Douglas Reservoir
Douglas Lake, also known as Douglas Reservoir, stretches out over more than 28,000 acres and 500 shoreline miles in eastern Tennessee. Douglas Lake is conveniently located near the intersections of Interstates 81 and 40, approximately 25 miles east of Knoxville. Nestled in the foothills of the Great ...
Lewis Smith Lake
(Alabama, USA)
1,390,000 Lewis Smith Lake Pictures Lewis Smith Lake Message Forums Also known as: Smith Lake
Lewis Smith Lake is a perfect place for an outdoor adventure. Tucked into a corner of the Bankhead National Forest in northern Alabama's Mountain Region, the abundance of coves and deep clear water of the many-fingered Lewis Smith Lake draws anglers and boaters from all over. One of Alabama's cleanest ...
DeGray Lake
(Arkansas, USA)
1,377,000 DeGray Lake Pictures DeGray Lake Message Forums DeGray Lake is nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, in an area logically known as the Ouachita Mountain Region of Arkansas. This section of Arkansas is known for its scenic views, which are both breathtaking and the ideal surroundings for a relaxing retreat. Created as a recreational ...
Grenada Lake
(Mississippi, USA)
1,251,710 Grenada Lake Pictures Grenada Lake, located northeast of Grenada in Mississippi's Hill Region, is the largest body of water lying completely within the state. With 35,820 acres of surface water and 148 miles of shoreline in the summer, Grenada Lake is an excellent place for boating, camping, swimming, water skiing, fishing, ...
Lake Moultrie
(South Carolina, USA)
1,211,000 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 ...
Beaver Lake
(Arkansas, USA)
1,200,000 Beaver Lake Pictures Majestic limestone bluffs, hidden natural caves, and beautiful crystal clear water combine to make Beaver Lake an outdoor enthusiast's playground. Add a rich history and exceptional fishing, and there is sure to be something to please everyone. Unsurpassed natural beauty makes Beaver Lake a popular ...
Lake Jocassee
(North Carolina, USA / South Carolina, USA)
1,185,000 Lake Jocassee Pictures Lake Jocassee Message Forums Nestled into the pristine Appalachian mountains of northwestern South Carolina and southwestern North Carolina, Lake Jocassee reaches its watery depths down 300 feet and out over 7,500 acres. Burying underwater an area once home to part of the Cherokee nation, the lake was originally built for hydro-electric ...
Smith Mountain Lake
(Virginia, USA)
1,140,000 Smith Mountain Lake Pictures Smith Mountain Lake Message Forums With emerald green shores, sapphire blue skies, topaz blue waters, and soaring surrounding mountains, it's clear why Smith Mountain Lake is nicknamed "Jewel of the Blue Ridge." Nestled in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia's most popular recreational lake offers 580 miles of coved shoreline ...

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