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Here are the 935 lakes we have listed within USA - compared by Largest Lakes - Water Volume.

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Lake Name Volume in acre-feet Lake Description
Lake Superior
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Michigan, USA / Minnesota, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
9,799,680,000 Lake Superior Pictures Skipping over state and country borders, Lake Superior, the largest, deepest, coldest, cleanest, least developed, and most pristine of the Great Lakes, reigns as the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. By volume, this 31,820 square mile colossus ranks fourth - a whopping 2,900 cubic ...
Lake Michigan-Huron
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA / Michigan, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
6,858,776,000 Lake Michigan-Huron Pictures Lake Michigan and Lake Huron - two of North America's Great Lakes - are contiguous and they share the same elevation of 577 feet above sea level. They are connected by the five-mile-wide Straits of Mackinac. Hydrologically, this makes these "two lakes" a single lake. Some hydrologists designate the ...
Lake Michigan
(Great Lakes / Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA / Michigan, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
3,987,456,000 Lake Michigan Pictures As the only Great Lake nestled completely within the boundaries of the United States, Lake Michigan is the pride and joy of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. The lake boasts a huge area of 22,400 square miles, making it the largest freshwater lake (by surface area) in the world to be contained ...
Lake Huron
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Michigan, USA)
2,872,320,000 Lake Huron Pictures A glacial lake of epic proportions, Lake Huron is the second largest of the five Great Lakes by surface area, boasting 23,010 square miles and an incredible 3,825-mile shoreline. The massive lake is the third largest of the Great Lakes by water volume, containing 850 cubic miles of fresh water within ...
Lake Ontario
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / New York, USA)
1,328,025,600 Lake Ontario Pictures Lake Ontario, one of the world's five Great Lakes, weaves over state and country borders, delighting Americans, Canadians, and visiting tourists with its deep, clear, clean waters. Proudly home to a staggering 4,700,000 acres (7,340 square miles), Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes, the ...
Lake Erie
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / New York, USA / Pennsylvania, USA / Michigan, USA / Ohio, USA)
391,987,200 Lake Erie Pictures Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes of North America, straddles the borders of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and the Canadian province of Ontario. The lake is named after the Native American tribe that inhabited its shores before being killed off by the Iroquois League for aiding their enemy, ...
Lake Tahoe
(California, USA / Nevada, USA)
122,160,280 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. ...
Lake Pend Oreille
(Idaho, USA)
43,939,940 Lake Pend Oreille Pictures Also known as: Albeni Falls Dam
Set in a valley carved by glaciers from Canada, Lake Pend Oreille (pond-a-RAY) is surrounded by mountains with altitudes exceeding 6,000 feet. It's 94,600 surface acres - 148 square miles - plunge to depths reaching 1,152 feet, making it one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in the western United ...
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 ...
Great Salt Lake
(Utah, USA)
28,000,000 Great Salt Lake Pictures Also known as: America's Dead Sea
Sometimes called "America's Dead Sea," the Great Salt Lake occupies approximately 1,700 square miles of Utah's real estate. It is the second largest lake (by surface area) that is wholly contained within the USA; only Lake Michigan is larger. Great Salt Lake boasts the USA's longest lake shoreline - ...
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 ...
Lake Sakakawea
(North Dakota, USA)
23,821,000 Lake Sakakawea Pictures The second-largest reservoir by surface acreage in the United States (and third-largest in volume), Lake Sakakawea stretches 178 miles from Garrison Dam northwest to Williston, North Dakota, and has a surface area of about 382,000 acres. Lake Sakakawea averages between two and three miles in width ...
Pyramid Lake
(Nevada, USA)
23,660,000 Pyramid Lake Pictures Pyramid Lake is a true natural wonder located in the Pyramid Lake Paiute Indian Reservation in western Nevada. Covering 117,400 acres, it is the third largest of the remaining salt lakes in the United States, after Great Salt Lake, Utah and Salton Sea, California. Pyramid Lake is the last remnant of ...
Lake Oahe
(North Dakota, USA / South Dakota, USA)
23,137,000 Lake Oahe Pictures Lake Oahe, named after an Oahe Indian Mission roughly translates "a foundation" or "a place to stand on." Spanning 231 miles from Pierre, South Dakota, to Bismarck, North Dakota, and with a shoreline of 2,250 miles, it is no wonder Lake Oahe is the nation's largest man-made reservoir in surface acreage ...
Lake Champlain
(Quebec, Canada / New York, USA / Vermont, USA)
20,916,400 Lake Champlain Pictures Lake Champlain, straddling New York and Vermont in the USA, and Quebec in Canada, is a natural freshwater lake seated 96 feet above sea level. Briefly designated a Great Lake by President Bill Clinton in 1998, Lake Champlain reaches a maximum depth of 400 feet, covers an impressive 435 square miles, ...
Fort Peck Lake
(Montana, USA)
18,700,000 Fort Peck Lake Pictures Fort Peck Lake, located 20 miles southeast of Glasgow, Montana on Montana Highway 24, is the 5th-largest man-made reservoir by volume in the United States and is Montana's largest lake. Named after an old trading post, Fort Peck Lake is one of six lakes on the Missouri River. The other five lakes are ...
Lake of the Woods
(Manitoba, Canada / Ontario, Canada / Minnesota, USA)
15,700,000 Lake of the Woods Pictures Spanning the border from Minnesota into the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba, Lake of the Woods is an enormous body of water over 68 miles long, 59 miles wide, with 25,000 miles of shoreline - the world's longest lake shoreline. The western part of the lake is mostly open water, while the ...
Crater Lake
(Oregon, USA)
14,100,000 Crater Lake Pictures Crater Lake is on the crest of the Cascade Range in southern Oregon, about 100 miles from the ocean, and is the centerpiece of Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake's gorgeous deep blue water highlights its amazing depth of 1943 feet - the deepest lake in the United States and seventh deepest freshwater ...
Seneca Lake
(New York, USA)
12,566,054 Seneca Lake Pictures Seneca Lake Message Forums Seneca Lake, one of western New York's famous Finger Lakes, is the largest lake to be entirely contained within the borders of the state. Seneca Lake stretches out over a vast 43,343 acres and 38 long miles, with Watkins Glen on the south shore and Geneva on the north shore. With a maximum depth of ...
Yellowstone Lake
(Wyoming, USA)
12,095,264 Yellowstone Lake Pictures Yellowstone Lake is located in the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The Park was established in 1872, making it the first national park in the world. Yellowstone is one of the most visited National Parks in the United States, and many visitors use the Lake as their 'base camp' ...
Lake Roosevelt
(Washington, USA)
9,402,000 Lake Roosevelt Pictures Also known as: Lake Franklin D. Roosevelt
Lake Roosevelt, located approximately 90 miles northwest of Spokane, Washington, covers 82,000 acres with a shoreline of 630 miles. Lake Roosevelt, also known as Lake Franklin D. Roosevelt, was formed when the Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1942. As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal ...
Cayuga Lake
(New York, USA)
7,672,208 Cayuga Lake Pictures Cayuga Lake Message Forums Cayuga Lake, located in western New York, is the second largest Finger Lake in both surface area and volume. Boasting 38.2 miles in length, 1.7 miles in average width, 42,956 surface acres, and a maximum depth of 435 feet, this Finger Lake will give you all the room you need to explore. The parks ...
Salton Sea
(California, USA)
7,500,000 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 Koocanusa
(British Columbia, Canada / Montana, USA)
5,850,000 Lake Koocanusa Pictures Also known as: Koocanusa Lake, Koocanusa Reservoir
In the far north of the United States, tucked into the northwestern end of Montana, is the long, narrow Lake Koocanusa. This lake is actually a man-made reservoir, created by the damming of the Kootenai (or, alternatively, Kootenay) River in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The dam that was built ...
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 ...

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