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Here are the 139 lakes we have listed within USA > Southwest - compared by Largest Lakes - Water Volume.

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Lake Name Volume in acre-feet Lake Description
Lake Mead
(Arizona, USA / Nevada, USA)
28,537,000 Lake Mead Pictures Lake Mead is the USA's largest man-made reservoir in amount of water it can hold. Although Lake Powell is marginally larger in acreage at full-pond, Lake Mead holds more water by volume and thus is considered the larger of the two. In the size of their surfaces, both are dwarfed by Lake Sakakawea and ...
Lake Powell
(Arizona, USA / Utah, USA)
27,000,000 Lake Powell Pictures Lake Powell is located in one of Southern Utah's most picturesque red-rock desert areas and in Arizona's Navajo Indian Reservation. It is one of the USA's most scenic reservoirs. At "full pond" (normal water level) it is the second-largest man-made reservoir in the USA by volume - but drought can reduce ...
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 ...
Sam Rayburn Reservoir
(Texas, USA)
3,997,600 Sam Rayburn Reservoir Pictures Also known as: Lake Sam Rayburn, McGee Bend Reservoir
Sam Rayburn Reservoir, lovingly called "Big Sam", and formerly known as McGee Bend Reservoir, is the largest lake which lies completely within Texas. It is a giant lake in the heart of Angelina National Forest, sprawling for more than 114,000 acres over the beautiful Texas Piney Woods tourism region. ...
Lake Amistad
(Mexico / Texas, USA)
3,159,270 Lake Amistad Pictures Also known as: International Amistad Reservoir
The Spanish word "Amistad" translates to "Friendship" in English ... little wonder, then, that west Texas' Lake Amistad is one of the Lone Star State's most inviting water resources. Indeed, its reputation for recreation makes this 65,000-acre reservoir the crown jewel of the Amistad National Recreation ...
Lake Texoma
(Oklahoma, USA / Texas, USA)
2,566,946 Lake Texoma Pictures Also known as: Texoma Lake
An 89,000-acre jewel set into the landscape of Texas and Oklahoma, Lake Texoma is a sparkling wonder of deep blue water and beautiful green shores. With more than 6 million annual visitors, the lake is the second most popular in the United States, offering everything from water skiing to scenic nature ...
Falcon Lake
(Mexico / Texas, USA)
2,371,220 Falcon Lake Message Forums Also known as: Falcon International Reservoir
WARNING - Fall 2010: Texas officials warn Americans visiting and boating on Falcon Lake to stay within USA waters and avoid the international boundary marked by buoys. Drug cartel violence is infesting the Mexican side of this international waterway, including armed robberies and murders. Before visiting ...
Eufaula Lake
(Oklahoma, USA)
2,300,000 Eufaula Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Eufaula
Spanning 105,000 acres, Eufaula Lake covers much of McIntosh and Pittsburg Counties in eastern Oklahoma. This "Gentle Giant" is the largest lake in surface acres in the state and spans both the Green Country and Kiamichi Country tourism regions of Oklahoma. Eufaula Lake shares the name of the nearby ...
Elephant Butte Lake
(New Mexico, USA)
2,065,010 Elephant Butte Lake Pictures Elephant Butte Lake Message Forums Also known as: The Butte, Elephant Butte Reservoir
With limited lake options in New Mexico, Elephant Butte Lake is a popular destination for water enthusiasts and nature lovers alike in the Land of Enchantment. Nearly 40-miles long, it is a reservoir lake made from the damming of the Rio Grande River. Often referred to as The Butte, the reservoir has ...
Ray Roberts Lake
(Texas, USA)
1,930,900 Ray Roberts Lake Pictures Ray Roberts Lake Message Forums Also known as: Ray Roberts Reservoir, Lake Ray Roberts, Lake Aubrey
Sprawling across the prairie in the Texas Prairies & Lakes Region, Ray Roberts Lake is one of the newest lakes in Texas. Named after a Texas legislator, this huge reservoir was filled in 1990 to provide a water source for the cities of Denton and Dallas. Located 30 miles north of the Lewisville Dam, ...
Lake Mohave
(Arizona, USA / Nevada, USA)
1,818,330 Lake Mohave Pictures Lake Mohave Message Forums Lake Mohave is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River that spans 28,260 acres. It is a part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and was created by the construction of Davis Dam to capture water releases upstream from Hoover Dam. The 64-mile long reservoir runs along the Arizona/Nevada state ...
Lake Livingston
(Texas, USA)
1,750,000 Lake Livingston Pictures Also known as: Livingston Reservoir
Sometimes referred to as a "water wonderland," Lake Livingston is the second largest lake contained entirely within Texas. With over 450 miles of shoreline, it covers 83,000 acres and runs through four different counties: Polk, Walker, San Jacinto, and Trinity. The Trinity River Authority created Lake ...
Grand Lake O'the Cherokees
(Oklahoma, USA)
1,672,000 Grand Lake O'the Cherokees Pictures Also known as: Grand Lake Over the Cherokees
Grand Lake O' the Cherokees stands out as a sapphire jewel tucked into the northeastern Oklahoma landscape. Created in 1940, the reservoir stretches for 46,500 acres and offers explorers more than 1,300 miles of shoreline to investigate. Known for its incredible scenery and wealth of recreation activities, ...
Roosevelt Lake
(Arizona, USA)
1,653,043 Roosevelt Lake Pictures Also known as: Theodore Roosevelt Lake, Lake Roosevelt
With 21,500 acres at full pond and 128 miles of shoreline, Roosevelt Lake is the largest body of water contained entirely within Arizona; the larger Lakes Powell, Mead, and Mojave cross Arizona's borders with other states. Roosevelt Lake is impounded by the Roosevelt Dam - the world's tallest dam early ...
Richland Chambers Lake
(Texas, USA)
1,136,600 Richland Chambers Lake Message Forums Also known as: Richland Chambers Reservoir
Richland Chambers Lake (also called Richland Chambers Reservoir) was created between 1982 to 1987, making it the youngest lake in Texas. The Texas legislature adopted a planning and zoning commission to help in development plans around the lake. Richland Chambers Lake, located in the Prairies and Lakes ...
Lake Travis
(Texas, USA)
1,131,650 Lake Travis Pictures Lake Travis is a beautiful 18,930 acre reservoir in the Hill Country of central Texas, about 12 miles northwest of Austin. It is over 63 miles long with a width of 4.5 miles at its widest point. It was formed in 1942 by the construction of the Mansfield Dam by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) ...
Navajo Lake
(New Mexico, USA / Colorado, USA)
1,036,100 Navajo Lake Pictures Navajo Lake Message Forums Also known as: Navajo Reservoir
Navajo Lake offers a surprising and welcome expanse of water in northwestern New Mexico. The 15,600-acre reservoir stretches north into southwest Colorado, offering recreational opportunities to a large number of visitors and local residents. Two large state parks grace its banks, one in each state. ...
Broken Bow Lake
(Oklahoma, USA)
954,100 Broken Bow Lake Pictures Broken Bow Lake Message Forums Also known as: Broken Bow Reservoir
Broken Bow Lake is nestled in the Ouachita Mountains of McCurtain County in southeastern Oklahoma. Covering more than 14,200 acres with 180 miles of shoreline, 22-mile long Broken Bow Lake is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the southern United States. The area is referred to as Oklahoma's ...
Lake Tawakoni
(Texas, USA)
927,440 Lake Tawakoni Pictures Lake Tawakoni Message Forums Built for function but known for fun, Lake Tawakoni, Texas was formed after construction of the Iron Bridge Dam. Van Zandt County, Rains County, and Hunt County all share part of this lake's shoreline. The land under the water was once home to prehistoric Native Americans and many historic indigenous ...
San Carlos Lake
(Arizona, USA)
900,000 San Carlos Lake Message Forums San Carlos Lake is on the San Carlos Apache Native American Reservation in north-central Arizona. With 19,500 surface acres of water when full, San Carlos Lake is one of the largest lakes that lies entirely in the borders of Arizona. The crystal blue waters offer a refreshing contrast to the Sonoran ...
Lake Buchanan
(Texas, USA)
875,566 Lake Buchanan Pictures Also known as: "Big Buc"
Lake Buchanan, the oldest and northernmost of the Highland Lakes, is known as "Big Buc" to the locals and anglers who regularly visit the area. It is located 60 miles northwest of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, and was formed by the construction of Buchanan Dam by the Lower Colorado River Authority ...
Lake Meredith
(Texas, USA)
779,556 Lake Meredith Pictures Lake Meredith Message Forums Also known as: Meredith Reservoir
Lake Meredith is an impressive 16,441-acre reservoir in the Texas Plains Region of the Texas Panhandle, about 30 miles northeast of Amarillo. Managed by the National Park Service and the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Lake Meredith is a major source of drinking water for Amarillo, Lubbock, ...
Choke Canyon Lake
(Texas, USA)
695,000 Choke Canyon Lake Message Forums Also known as: Choke Canyon Reservoir
Located 65 miles south of San Antonio, Choke Canyon Lake was impounded in 1982 to supply drinking water to Corpus Christi on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Part of the South Texas Plains region, it gets water from the Frio River shortly before the river's confluence with the Nueces River. Managed and owned ...
Lake Pleasant
(Arizona, USA)
688,500 Lake Pleasant Pictures Also known as: New Lake Pleasant
One of the finest water recreation areas in Arizona, Lake Pleasant is true to its name - a pleasant oasis in a desert setting. Lake Pleasant's 9,200 surface acres offer wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities including boating of all types, camping, hiking, and fishing. Although Lake Pleasant ...
Tenkiller Lake
(Oklahoma, USA)
677,000 Tenkiller Lake Pictures Tenkiller Lake Message Forums Also known as: Lake Tenkiller, Tenkiller Ferry Lake
Tenkiller Lake is an amazing place filled with fascinating history and natural beauty in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. There's tons of fun to be had on this 12,900-acre reservoir with 130 miles of shoreline. The lake was formed in the 1950's, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Tenkiller ...
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