While many people consider a trek to the mountains or coast for their vacation, lakes can be an overlooked source of fun and scenic views. Here are five of the most scenic lakes in the United States.
1. Crater Lake, Oregon
The deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake formed from a volcanic eruption some 8,000 years ago. This lake is a destination for scuba divers due to being extremely clear, and is also a very clean lake aeration thanks to the fact that no rivers flow into it. Scuba divers enjoy viewing the unique underwater lava formations.
2. Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
Laying between the states of California and Nevada is beautiful Lake Tahoe, popular with skiers and sunbathers, swimmers might opt to avoid this lake as the water remains cold throughout the year. Lake Tahoe is surrounded by mostly national forest land and is an attraction for avid hikers.
3. Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming
In the northwestern portion of Wyoming lies Yellowstone Lake, which remains frozen for about six months out of the year. This lake is located in Yellowstone National Park and is close to the well-known geysers in the park. Yellowstone Lake is the highest lake in North America above 7,000 feet of elevation.
4. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
The Lake of the Ozarks is popular with boaters, particularly speed boaters. Fishermen also flock to this manmade lake, completed in 1931, in hopes of catching catfish and bass. Several events are held at this lake during the summer months.
5. Lake Kabetogama, Minnesota
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes lies Lake Kabetogama, one of the cleanest lakes in the United States thanks to residing in Voyageurs National Park. This lake is popular with canoers and kayakers, who might see bears and moose while floating on the crisp waters.
Consider visiting one of these beautiful lakes on your next vacation.