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Lake Name Maximum depth in feet Lake Description
Crater Lake
(Oregon, USA)
1,943 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 ...
Lake Tahoe
(California, USA / Nevada, USA)
1,645 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 Chelan
(Washington, USA)
1,486 Lake Chelan Pictures From the Salish Indian word for "deep notch", Lake Chelan is the third deepest lake in the United States with a maximum depth of almost 1500 feet. Lake Chelan is long and narrow, stretching more than 50 miles in length with an average width of one mile. This north-central Washington lake nestled within ...
Lake Pend Oreille
(Idaho, USA)
1,152 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 Clark
(Alaska, USA)
1,056 Lake Clark Pictures Lake Clark is located about 150 miles southwest of Anchorage in southern Alaska. The lake spans 128 square miles, making it the seventh* largest freshwater lake in the state. The lake is part of the 4 million acre Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. This park is often referred to as the "essence ...
Tustumena Lake
(Alaska, USA)
950 Tustumena Lake Pictures Alaska has 17,243 square miles of inland water including both lakes and rivers. The area of inland water is greater than the land mass of Massachusetts and Vermont combined. At 73,437 acres* Tustumena Lake near Kasilof is Alaska's eighth largest lake and the largest lake on the Kenai Peninsula. ...
Iliamna Lake
(Alaska, USA)
900 Iliamna Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Iliamna
Iliamna Lake, also known as Lake Iliamna, is the largest lake in Alaska and the second largest freshwater lake contained wholly within the United States (after Lake Michigan). This glacial lake in southwest Alaska is often referred to as an inland sea, stretching out about 80 miles long, 25 miles wide, ...
Katmai Crater Lake
(Alaska, USA)
800 Katmai Crater Lake Pictures Katmai Crater Lake Message Forums Little known and seldom seen, Katmai Crater Lake is an example of nature's handiwork at its most impressive. Located on the Alaskan Peninsula within Katmai Park and Wilderness, the crater lake is young by geological standards: The caldera was created as a result of the eruption of lava from Novarupta ...
Lake Oroville
(California, USA)
695 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 ...
Dworshak Reservoir
(Idaho, USA)
650 Dworshak Reservoir Pictures Dworshak Reservoir is an excellent outdoor recreation site with a great water playground of over 19,000 acres. Located in northern Idaho near the town of Orofino, it extends into the Bitterroot Mountains for beautiful scenic vistas. While log handling facilities exist today, Dworshak Reservoir is primarily ...
Lake Crescent
(Washington, USA)
624 Lake Crescent Pictures Also known as: Crescent Lake
Lake Crescent is a majestic glacial lake located at the northern tip of the Olympic National Forest in Clallam County, Washington. Glaciers during the last ice age carved a deep valley in the Olympic Mountains through which Indian Creek flowed. A massive landslide about 8,000 years ago dammed the creek, ...
Fremont Lake
(Wyoming, USA)
607 Fremont Lake Pictures Fremont Lake Message Forums Also known as: The Deep, Stewart Lake (historical)
One of the best-kept secret lake destinations in Northwestern Wyoming is spectacular Fremont Lake. Formed by nature when glaciers gouged out a deep trench along the western slope of the Wind River Mountain Range, the lake was dammed by glacial deposits far back in pre-history. A full eleven miles long ...
Becharof Lake
(Alaska, USA)
600 Becharof Lake, the second* largest lake in Alaska, is located on the Alaskan Peninsula. Stretching an incredible 290,000 acres, the lake measures 35 miles long and 15 miles wide and reaches depths of as much as 600 feet. Deep in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Becharof Lake offers its visitors an unforgettable ...
Lake Mead
(Arizona, USA / Nevada, USA)
589 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 ...
New Melones Lake
(California, USA)
565 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 ...
Lake Powell
(Arizona, USA / Utah, USA)
560 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 ...
Kenai Lake
(Alaska, USA)
541 Kenai Lake Pictures One of the largest glacial lakes in the Kenai River System, Kenai Lake is a beautiful lake in a road-accessible area of Alaska. The backdrop of the majestic Kenai Mountains and its proximity to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge make Kenai Lake a great wilderness getaway. Boomerang shaped Kenai ...
Skilak Lake
(Alaska, USA)
528 Skilak Lake Pictures Tucked away in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Soldotna, Skilak Lake is a rare combination of accessibility and Alaskan Wilderness. Called a "miniature Alaska" by some because it includes every major habitat type found in Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula is a fantastic place to explore, and Skilak ...
Shasta Lake
(California, USA)
517 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 ...
Tally Lake
(Montana, USA)
492 Tally Lake Message Forums Also known as: Talley Lake
Tally Lake, in Montana's Glacier Country region, is fast becoming a favorite among the adventurous. Located 15 miles west of the town of Whitefish, the lake lies in the Salish Mountains within the Flathead National Forest, providing tons of active outdoor entertainment for hikers, campers and water ...
Hungry Horse Reservoir
(Montana, USA)
490 Hungry Horse Reservoir Pictures Hungry Horse Reservoir Message Forums Hungry Horse Reservoir in Montana's Glacier Country offers a wealth of recreational opportunities to northwestern Montana visitors. The nearly 24,000-acre lake provides flood control and hydroelectric power to the area as well as being a focal point for recreation within the Flathead National Forest. ...
Waterton Lakes
(Alberta, Canada / Montana, USA)
487 Waterton Lakes Pictures Waterton Lakes Message Forums Also known as: Chief Mountain Lake, Knights Lake, Kootenay Lakes
"Where the mountains meet the prairies" is the motto of Waterton Lakes National Park, the home of three Waterton Lakes that straddle the Montana-Alberta, Canada border. This unique landscape is one of the very few places where the prairies meet the Rockies without the transitional foothills common in ...
Lake McDonald
(Montana, USA)
472 Lake McDonald Pictures Lake McDonald Message Forums It's barely daylight and his family is still sleeping in their lakeside cabin on Lake McDonald. He was so eager; he couldn't wait. Nothing breaks the quiet of the morning except the swish and pop of his fly road as he casts for trout in Lake McDonald. For years he's dreamed of vacationing in Glacier ...
Blue Lake
(Alaska, USA)
468 Also known as: Blue Lake Reservoir
Blue Lake, located in the Alaska Panhandle of southeastern Alaska, is for adventure seekers. The County of Sitka is known for its vistas, mountain backdrop and thick forests. Construction of the Blue Lake Dam in 1958 increased the surface area of natural Blue Lake from 490 acres to 1,225 acres, and ...
Detroit Lake
(Oregon, USA)
440 Detroit Lake Pictures Detroit Lake Message Forums Conveniently located just 46 miles south of Salem in Oregon's Willamette Valley tourism region lies Detroit Lake, a 3,580-acre artificial freshwater reservoir that provides water for the City of Salem and its surrounding municipalities. Detroit Lake boasts a maximum depth of 440 feet, with water levels ...

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