Lakes. The name conjures up images of pristine water bodies. Vast, clear, surfaces of blue water spring to the mind. America is home to many such breathtaking, inspiring, scenic lakes. Let us take a look at our pick of the top 10 lakes in the USA.
- Caddo Lake, Texas-Louisiana border
The Caddo Lake can be easily described as enigmatic. It is also one of the most unique lakes in the world. The lake is well known for the variety of marine life it holds inside its waters. About 70 species of fish live inside the Caddo Lake. At the Caddo Lake State Park, you can go for a boat ride or for a hike. Taking a boat ride through the lake makes for the most unforgettable memories. You can also choose to do some fishing (you need a fishing license) or camp onsite. Other ways of exploring the beauty of this lake include staying inside a cabin near the lake or paddling on its waters.
- Lake George, New York
Lake George is one of the most beautiful lakes not only in the US, but also in the world. Located amidst the Adirondack Mountains, it is a hub of outdoor activities for visitors. Some of the most popular ones include bird watching, boat riding, hiking, and biking. The greater Lake George area is no less when it comes to matching the beauty of the lake. Along with providing breathtaking scenery, it also has a lot of restaurants and shopping destinations. The local people are friendly and welcoming. The accommodation options are varied and suit every kind of traveler. Lake George can be visited throughout the year. It is a place for water sports lovers, for families, and for nature lovers.
- Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Lake Tahoe is one of the deepest lakes in the US, with a depth of 501 meters. It is also one of the oldest, having formed 2 million years ago. Numerous sandy beaches surround the lake and make for a great experience. The mountains which surround the lake on all sides provide a beautiful panoramic view. You can visit one of the many beaches surrounding Lake Tahoe and go for a swim. The beaches also offer a wide variety of water sports. During summer months, many sports matches are arranged on the beaches. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is held every year on the sandy harbors of the lake. In the winter months, all visitors can go for skiing on the mountains and hills which surround the lake.
- Lake Chelan, Washington
Lake Chelan is one of the longest lakes in the USA. It spans across a length of 80 kilometers and is surrounded by forests, national parks and mountains. The coastline of the lake consists of a few beaches. The lake is a favorite with fishermen because of the many species of fish found in its waters. Visit Lake Chelan for the incredible forests, for the looming mountains, and also for the beautiful national parks.
- Twin Lakes, California
Twin Lakes is the name given to two interconnected lakes. They are located inside the Inyo National Forest and were formed by the Mammoth Mountain. The Twin Lakes are surrounded by the resort town of Mammoth Lakes. The beautiful ‘Duck Pass’ trail leads visitors to the lake amidst a network of valleys, creeks and water bodies. Visit the Twin Lakes to explore its unspoiled natural beauty.
- Lake Michigan, Michigan
Lake Michigan, like Lake Superior, is one of the Great Lakes of North America. It is also the only one which totally lies in the US. Located beside Chicago, this lake becomes completely frozen during winter and makes for a magnificent view. Even the waves of the lake become frozen and can be watched in all their glory from the St. Joseph North Pier. Visit Lake Michigan to see the beautiful ice formations created by the frozen waves.
- Crater Lake, Oregon
As the name says, the lake was created by a crater. It is the deepest lake in the US reaching up to 594 meters in terms of depth. Tall stunning cliffs surround the lake, making for beautiful scenery. The lake is regarded by Native Americans as sacred. Crater Lake often remains hidden behind clouds and trying to spot it in between them is quite a memorable experience. Visit the Crater Lake during winter for taking in awe inspiring panoramic views. Be amazed at this natural marvel.
- Hamilton Pool, Texas
Though the name says pool, it is anything but. One of the most unusual lakes in the world, the Hamilton Pool is located inside the Travis County Park. Thousands of years ago, a calciferous dome had broken and fallen on the ground, forming the Hamilton Pool. This is why the lake is considered to be both an underground and a ground lake. The waterfall on the lake adds to its beauty. Visit the Hamilton Pool and don’t forget to take a dip! It is one of the very few lakes which allow visitors to swim.
- Lake Powell, Utah-Arizona border
This is the only man-made lake in this list. Sprawled between the states of Utah and Arizona, Lake Powell attracts millions of visitors year after year. It is a popular spot for activities like water skiing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. It is quite popular with hikers too. A visit to Lake Powell means fun for families as well for couples and solo travelers. The Lake Powell Resort offers powerboat tours, dinner cruise, and rooms offering incredible views of the lake. One of the resort’s boat tours is named as ‘Panoramic Lake Powell’ and is a must try.
- Lake Superior, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Lake Superior belongs to the group of ‘Great Lakes of North America’. It is the largest water body in that group. The lake is jointly shared by America and Canada and spans across a massive 560 kilometers. The lake attracts thousands of visitors, especially during the summer months. Visit the ‘mosquito beach’ during summer months for gawking at the beautiful limestone cliffs. You can also indulge in some fishing. If you visit the lake during the winter months, you will see several beautiful ice caves.
Originally posted 2017-04-26 06:35:56.