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Here are the 218 lakes we have listed within USA > West - compared by Largest Lakes - Water Volume.

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Lake Name Volume in acre-feet Lake Description
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Shasta Lake
(California, USA)
4,552,000 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 ...
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
(Utah, USA / Wyoming, USA)
3,788,900 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 ...
Hungry Horse Reservoir
(Montana, USA)
3,468,000 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. ...
Dworshak Reservoir
(Idaho, USA)
3,453,000 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 ...
Trinity Lake
(California, USA)
2,447,650 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 ...
Mono Lake
(California, USA)
2,407,820 Mono Lake Pictures Mono Lake, located in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, has a long and rich history dating back to its formation over 760,000 years ago. Sediments below the lake's surface indicate that Mono Lake might be a leftover of an earlier, larger lake. Today, Mono Lake is fed from melting runoff ...
Lake Washington
(Washington, USA)
2,350,000 Lake Washington Pictures Lake Washington has the distinction of being the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington. This glacial lake is long and narrow, a "ribbon lake" that is approximately 15 miles long. Lake Washington is fed primarily by the Cedar River in the southeast corner and the Sammamish River in the ...
Coeur d'Alene Lake
(Idaho, USA)
2,269,996 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 ...
Walker Lake
(Nevada, USA)
2,200,000 Walker Lake Pictures Walker Lake is a natural lake located in rural Mineral County, Nevada about 75 miles southeast of Reno, Nevada. It is one of several freshwater terminus lakes in the Great Basin, meaning it has no outflows. The lake is fed by the Walker River, and it is bordered to the west by the Wassuk Mountains. ...
San Luis Reservoir
(California, USA)
2,041,000 San Luis Reservoir Pictures A sparkling sapphire gem carved into the eastern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, the San Luis Reservoir enjoys a scenic location in Merced County. This California reservoir is jointly owned and operated by the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Unlike other ...
Don Pedro Lake
(California, USA)
2,030,000 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, ...
Canyon Ferry Lake
(Montana, USA)
1,891,888 Canyon Ferry Lake Pictures For lake lovers who relish the beauty of nature and the wonder of wildlife, there's no better place to relax and have fun than at Canyon Ferry Lake. At 35,181 acres, Canyon Ferry Lake is one of Montana's largest lakes, and one of the most popular recreational lakes in the state. It's long and narrow, ...
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 ...

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