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Here are the 304 lakes we have listed within USA > West - compared by Highest Altitude/Elevation.

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Lake Name Elevation in feet Lake Description
Lake Waiau
(Hawaii, USA)
13,020 Lake Waiau Pictures [Full Again: Lake Waiau nearly disappeared, in a shrinking process that extended from 2010 - 2015 with no clear explanation. As of September 2015, it is again full.] Tiny Lake Waiau on Hawaii's Big Island is one of the highest elevated lakes on the planet. Located at 13,020 feet above sea level, ...
Chicago Lakes
(Colorado, USA)
11,740 Chicago Lakes Pictures Chicago Lakes Message Forums Also known as: Upper Chicago Lake, Lower Chicago Lake, Idaho Springs Reservoir, Echo Lake, Summit Lake
One of the more popular destinations within Denver's Mountain Parks system is the trail leading to the Chicago Lakes. This Front Range trail centers around 14,240-foot Mount Evans, with a series of scenic alpine lakes set within a pristine mountain landscape. Located approximately 38 miles west of ...
Little Echo Lake
(Colorado, USA)
11,185 Little Echo Lake Pictures Little Echo Lake Message Forums Also known as: Lake Luena
One of the prettiest hidden sights on Colorado's Front Range, Little Echo Lake makes visitors work a bit to get there. Accessible by a mile=long trail heading into the James Peak Wilderness Area, Little Echo Lake has been inspiring visitors to make the effort for well over a hundred years. The little ...
Echo Lake
(Colorado, USA)
10,600 Echo Lake Pictures Echo Lake Message Forums Echo Lake is one of the Denver metro area's most popular Mountain Parks. Located only an hour west of Denver, Echo Lake Park is the only sub-alpine park in the Mountain Park system. Its focal point is 24-acre Echo Lake, only a quarter of a mile up the path from the parking lot. Shallow Echo Lake is ...
Monarch Lakes
(California, USA)
10,600 Monarch Lakes Message Forums Also known as: Upper Monarch Lake, Lower Monarch Lake
Upper and Lower Monarch Lake grace the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Sequoia National Park. An elevation climb to 10,600 feet takes you past breathtaking views of Sawtooth Peak, Mineral Peak and Mineral King Valley to Upper Monarch Lake. Formed by a dam built in the early 1900s, ...
Brainard Lakes
(Colorado, USA)
10,360 Brainard Lakes Pictures Brainard Lakes Message Forums Also known as: Brainard Lake, Blue Lake, Mitchell Lake, Long Lake, Lake Isabelle
The Brainard Lakes are some of the most heavily visited lakes along Colorado's Front Range. Five small lakes lie within the Brainard Lakes Recreation Area in the east central Indian Peaks Wilderness area of the Roosevelt National Forest. Four of the five - Blue Lake, Mitchell Lake, Long Lake and Lake ...
Lake Quivera
(Colorado, USA)
10,305 Lake Quivera Message Forums Also known as: Lake Quivira
There is no prettier lake than Lake Quivera in Colorado's Front Range Region. Tucked high into the Rockies west of Idaho Springs, Lake Quivera and its twin, Silver Lake, hold some of the clearest water found in the St Mary's Glacier area. The lake is relatively unknown as the twin reservoirs are entirely ...
Meadow Creek Reservoir
(Colorado, USA)
9,958 Meadow Creek Reservoir Pictures Meadow Creek Reservoir Message Forums Also known as: Meadow Creek Lake
Meadow Creek Reservoir is a little Colorado lake with a well-deserved reputation as a desirable destination. Only 50 acres in size, the small reservoir was built in the early 1970s as a water storage reservoir for Denver Water. The little reservoir, only 58 feet deep, serves as a collection point for ...
Turquoise Lake
(Colorado, USA)
9,845 Turquoise Lake Pictures Turquoise Lake Message Forums Also known as: Turquoise Reservoir
One of Colorado's favorite high-altitude recreational destinations is Turquoise Lake. Located five miles west of vacation playground Leadville, 1,780-acre Turquoise Lake offers plenty of opportunity for avid outdoors fans to enjoy woods, water and wide mountain vistas. As part of the Frying Pan-Arkansas ...
Twin Lakes
(Colorado, USA)
9,181 Twin Lakes Pictures Also known as: Twin Lakes Reservoir
In the mid 1800's gold was discovered in Lake County Colorado, and everything changed. Settlers moved west seeking their fortunes and discovered not only gold but also the treasure of Twin Lakes. Made up of two natural glacial lakes, Twin Lakes are tucked at the base of Mt. Elbert in South Central ...
Brooks Lake
(Wyoming, USA)
9,055 Brooks Lake Pictures Brooks Lake Message Forums Brooks Lake is a scenic and secluded 234-acre alpine lake tucked away in the Shoshone National Forest in northwestern Wyoming. Surrounded by over 800,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness, recreational possibilities in the area are endless. Just a short drive from Yellowstone National Park and the jagged ...
Navajo Lake
(Utah, USA)
9,042 Navajo Lake Pictures Navajo Lake Message Forums A piece of Mother Nature's finest work describes the beauty of the area surrounding Navajo Lake in the Dixie National Forest in the southwest corner of Utah in Kane County. Located on the Markagunt Plateau, one of the largest and highest plateaus in Utah, the 9,042 feet elevation makes this lake a ...
Lake Dillon
(Colorado, USA)
9,009 Lake Dillon Pictures Also known as: Dillon Reservoir
Nestled in the middle of some of Summit County's best skiing, Lake Dillon is the perfect year round getaway. With its rich history, fantastic sport fishing, and easy access to world class skiing, the lake or Dillon Reservoir as it's sometimes known, is sure to become a family favorite. The original ...
Fairview Lakes
(Utah, USA)
8,975 Fairview Lakes Pictures Fairview Lakes Message Forums Also known as: Fairview Lake #1, Fairview Lake #2
Surrounded by the unspoiled wilderness of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, Fairview Lakes provides a pleasant opportunity for lakefront living in Utah's Panoramaland region. The lakes themselves are private, owned by the Cottonwood-Gooseberry Irrigation Company with lots contracted by long-term lease. ...
Mammoth Lakes
(California, USA)
8,967 Mammoth Lakes Pictures Mammoth Lakes Message Forums Mammoth Lakes, in California's High Sierras Region, is something of a misnomer. There is no lake named Mammoth. Instead, a group of small lakes southwest of the town of Mammoth Lakes, in a geological formation called the Mammoth Lakes Basin, lies beneath Mammoth Mountain. The lakes - Lake Mary, Lake ...
Hidden Lake
(Colorado, USA)
8,900 Hidden Lake Message Forums Also known as: Hidden Lakes
Tucked away in the Routt National Forest in the northwest Colorado Rockies, Hidden Lake offers some fantastic camping for those desiring a smaller campground away from the beaten path. At 10 acres, Hidden Lake is big enough to hide some trophy sized fish, but small enough to feel like you are on your ...
Fish Lake
(Utah, USA)
8,843 Fish Lake Pictures Fishlake National Forest is a glittering emerald jewel in the heart of Utah's normally dry and desolate countryside. And in the National Forest is the lake that gives the forest its name - Fish Lake. Covering 2,500 acres, Fish Lake is the largest naturally formed mountain lake in the entire state. ...
Lake Purgatory
(Colorado, USA)
8,825 Lake Purgatory Message Forums Also known as: Columbine Lake, Purgatory Lake
Set in the middle of a winter wonderland, Lake Purgatory is a private alpine lake found in beautiful southwestern Colorado. Snowshoeing, snowcat skiing, snowboarding, snow biking and cross country skiing are all within view of Lake Purgatory - but the fun doesn't stop there. When spring arrives ski ...
Johnson Valley Reservoir
(Utah, USA)
8,819 Johnson Valley Reservoir is a 700-acre lake just three miles northeast of Fish Lake in the heart of Utah's Fishlake National Forest. The reservoir was created in 1899, ten years after Fish Lake was purchased from the Paiute Indians. Because of rapid settlement in Utah in the late 1800s, construction ...
Kents Lakes
(Utah, USA)
8,790 Kents Lakes Pictures Kents Lakes Message Forums Also known as: Kents Lake, Upper Kents Lake, Lower Kents Lake
Three popular little lakes in Utah's Panoramaland Region are the three Kents Lakes: Upper Kents Lake, Lower Kents Lake, and Kents Lake. These small reservoirs lie in close proximity along a tributary to the South Fork Beaver River in the Fish Lake National Forest. Perched in a high meadow in the Tushar ...
Lake Agnes
(Colorado, USA)
8,761 Lake Agnes Pictures Lake Agnes Message Forums Set in the mountains of north central Colorado, Lake Agnes is an exclusive private lake surrounded by the aspen, alder and pines of the Routt and Arapaho National Forests. Not to be confused with Lake Agnes in Jackson County, this Lake Agnes is a peaceful retreat in Grand County a mere 26 miles from ...
Sun Valley Lake
(Colorado, USA)
8,700 Sun Valley Lake Message Forums As the world outside goes by, a mother moose and her calf go for a swim in Sun Valley Lake. It's not an uncommon occurrence on this peaceful, secluded lake. Although it's just a few miles from all the amenities of the Town of Grand Lake, Sun Valley Lake is in its own private world in Colorado's Front ...
Electric Lake
(Utah, USA)
8,575 Electric Lake Pictures Electric Lake Message Forums Also known as: Electric Reservoir
Electric Lake lies like a high-altitude jewel amid one of Utah's most spectacular recreational playgrounds. Bordering both the Panoramaland and Castle Country tourism regions, the reservoir was created in 1974 when a dam was constructed to collect the waters of Upper Huntington Creek, Boulger Creek, ...
Electra Lake
(Colorado, USA)
8,380 Electra Lake Pictures Electra Lake Message Forums Also known as: Cascade Reservoir
The majestic peaks of the San Juan Mountains stand guard over the breathtaking beauty of southwestern Colorado's Electra Lake. Found 25 miles north of Durango in La Plata County, Electra Lake is not just a destination - it is a chance to experience the rich heritage and breathtaking beauty of the American ...
Grand Lake
(Colorado, USA)
8,367 Grand Lake Pictures Nestled in the Rocky Mountains and filled with water from melting snow, Grand Lake is the headwaters of the Colorado River and one of the state's treasures. With its majestic scenery, pristine water and abundant wildlife, the lake is the perfect place for a Rocky Mountain getaway. Surrounded by ...

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