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Here are the 242 lakes we have listed within USA > West - compared by Longest Shorelines.

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Lake Name Shoreline length in miles Lake Description
Great Salt Lake
(Utah, USA)
10,000 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)
1,900 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 ...
Fort Peck Lake
(Montana, USA)
1,520 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 Roosevelt
(Washington, USA)
630 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 ...
Lake Mead
(Arizona, USA / Nevada, USA)
550 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 Havasu
(Arizona, USA / California, USA)
450 Lake Havasu Pictures Lake Havasu's 20,400 acres, formed behind Parker Dam on the Colorado River, is a boating paradise. Around Lake Havasu City, the most recognizable sight is the London Bridge, completely moved from Great Britain to this unlikely location. Robert McCulloch (of McCulloch chainsaw fame) bought the bridge ...
Shasta Lake
(California, USA)
365 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 ...
Lake Koocanusa
(British Columbia, Canada / Montana, USA)
249 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 Wallula
(Oregon, USA / Washington, USA)
242 Lake Wallula, a 64 mile long reservoir, is a wide open glassy lake that extends from northeastern Oregon to southeastern Washington. Lake Wallula received its name from the small town of Wallula, Washington which was flooded when the area began to fill with water in April 1953 after the building of ...
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
(Utah, USA / Wyoming, USA)
208 Flaming Gorge Reservoir Pictures With more than 42,000 acres of boating and fishing waters, surrounded by choice camping and picnic areas, Flaming Gorge Reservoir - straddling the Wyoming and Utah state line - is an ideal leisure-time destination. Flaming Gorge Reservoir, in Ashley National Forest, provides many excellent recreational ...
Hells Canyon Reservoirs
(Idaho, USA / Oregon, USA)
193 Hells Canyon Reservoirs Pictures Hells Canyon Reservoirs Message Forums Also known as: Brownlee Reservoir, Oxbow Reservoir, Hells Canyon Reservoir
The three Hells Canyon Reservoirs are one of southwest Idaho's most scenic locations. Idaho can't claim this national treasure alone, however as it shares this Snake River canyon with eastern Oregon; in fact, it marks the border between the two states. There is plenty of recreation to go around, however. ...
Dworshak Reservoir
(Idaho, USA)
183 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 ...
Seminoe Reservoir
(Wyoming, USA)
180 Seminoe Reservoir is an outdoor person's wonderland with great fishing and an over 20,000 acre surface for boating and water sports. Near the north end of the reservoir is the 4,752 acre Morgan Creek forested drainage area within the Seminoe Mountains. This area is administered as a winter range for ...
Hungry Horse Reservoir
(Montana, USA)
170 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. ...
Lake Oroville
(California, USA)
167 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 ...
Lake Berryessa
(California, USA)
165 Lake Berryessa Pictures Lake Berryessa, nestled into the heart of California's wine country, is the largest lake in Napa County. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation built the Monticello Dam on Putah Creek in 1957 for flood control, municipal and industrial water supply, and irrigation water supply. The reservoir filled to over ...
Lake Nacimiento
(California, USA)
163 Lake Nacimiento Pictures Also known as: Dragon Lake
Located in central California in northern San Luis Obispo County, Lake Nacimiento is truly a sight to see. This 18.6 mile long beauty received the nickname "Dragon Lake" because of its many arms which include Snake Creek, Dip Creek, Las Tablas Creek, and Franklin Creek. With 5,727 water acres, 163 miles ...
Flathead Lake
(Montana, USA)
161 Flathead Lake Pictures Carved out by the historic glaciers of the last ice age approximately 11,000 years ago, Flathead Lake is one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in the western United States. The Kerr Dam regulates water flow from the lake's major tributaries -- the Flathead and Swan Rivers -- providing hydroelectric ...
Don Pedro Lake
(California, USA)
160 Don Pedro Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Don Pedro, Don Pedro Reservoir
Don Pedro Lake, also known as Don Pedro Reservoir and Lake Don Pedro, is nestled into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With a surface area of nearly 13,000 acres, Lake Don Pedro is the fifth largest reservoir according to capacity in California. Today, it is used for agricultural irrigation, ...
Navajo Lake
(New Mexico, USA / Colorado, USA)
159 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. ...
Lake Mohave
(Arizona, USA / Nevada, USA)
150 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 ...
Trinity Lake
(California, USA)
145 Trinity Lake Pictures Trinity Lake Message Forums Also known as: Clair Engle Lake
In 1976 Tim Brady from Weaverville caught the California record smallmouth bass in Trinity Lake. The quiet lake still draws anglers today, both for the fishing and the outstanding history and recreation nearby. Construction of Trinity Dam on the Trinity River started in 1957 and was completed in ...
Yellowstone Lake
(Wyoming, USA)
141 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' ...
Banks Lake
(Washington, USA)
135 Banks Lake Pictures Banks Lake Message Forums Banks Lake is a 27 mile equalizing reservoir and part of the Columbia Basin Project, a major water resource project to provide irrigation water to fertile but arid land in central Washington. It was created when two rock-faced, earthfill dams were built at the ends of a large channel sculpted during ...
Coeur d'Alene Lake
(Idaho, USA)
135 Coeur d'Alene Lake Pictures Also known as: Lake Coeur d'Alene
Nestled at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the Northern Panhandle of Idaho, 30,000-acre Coeur d'Alene Lake (pronounced Core-de-lane) is a spectacular recreational jewel of a lake. The name Coeur d'Alene comes from early French traders who named their trading post for the shrewd trading practices ...

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