Whether you are an avid fisherman or fisherwoman or you just enjoy the peaceful scenery of a lake, you’ll find that the lakes of the United States of America are some of the prettiest in the world. The United States is blessed with many lakes in several different states, all with unique features and landscapes. From the icy backdrops of Alaska to the quiet forests of Arkansas, the lakes of America offer a variety of activities and viewing pleasures. Here are some of the best lakes to visit in the USA.
Lakes in Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park, located in the Sierra Nevada of Central California, is famous for its groves of giant sequoia trees. Between these forests are large granite cliffs with clear streams and waterfalls running along them. From the lakes, you can see gorgeous reflections of these massive cliffs and forests as well as enjoy some canoeing, fishing, and picnicking.
Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
Also located in the Sierra-Nevada of California, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in the United States. It is also the second-largest by volume and second-deepest lake in the whole of the United States. Its crystal-clear waters are perfect for watersports in the summer and its beautiful mountains are ideal for hiking in the winter.
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
Okay, so the Salt Flats are not technically lakes, but in the winter they do fill up with about an inch of water, which creates a beautiful reflection of the surroundings and the sky. During August and September, there are also exciting land-speed events including “Speed Week” and the “World of Speed.” What an interesting way to spend the day – getting your heart racing at the Bonneville speedway and then having a relaxing evening at the Salt Flats.
Lake Eklutna, Alaska
Lake Eklutna is a little off the beaten track, but it is definitely a worthwhile visit. It is located in Chugach State Park, which is quite a drive from the cities and towns. The winding and twisting roads offer several viewpoints of this stunning lake and the surrounding nature. The park provides opportunities to hike nearby trails and kayak in the waters.
Lake Ouachita, Arkansas
With its difficult to pronounce name, Lake Ouachita offers and completely uninterrupted lake-viewing experience. It is the largest man-made lake in Arkansas and is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and diving. One of the area’s interesting features is the Geo-Float Trail, a guided boat tour that teaches visitors about geological formations.
Lake Martin, Louisiana
While you’re in the spirit of visiting lakes, you’d be remiss to skip this beautiful swampland. With a rich biodiversity of species including alligators and egrets, Lake Martin is a hotspot for ecological relaxation. It forms part of the 9,500-acre Cypress Island Reserve – a great feature for tree enthusiasts as well.
Lake George, New York
Not too far from New York City lies Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains. It offers the double experience of peaceful mountainside viewings of the lake and lakeside shopping and restaurants. With its clear waters punctuated with islands, Lake George offers the perfect break away from the hustle and bustle of a busy city lifestyle.