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10 Most Scenic Lakes in North America

Last updated : Nov 18, 2015

Lakes are one of the most admired beauties of Nature. Their calm surrounding and pure ambience soothes our souls. There are plenty of lakes in North America. Most of them have been formed due to glaciations. The Great Lakes is a chain of deep freshwater lakes in east-central North America. It comprises of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. They are one of the great natural features of the continent and of the Earth. But along with these North America is home to a number of Scenic lakes. We are here to put forth the best lakes for you, so that next time you plan your vacation to one of these magnificent wonders.

North America's 10 Most Beautiful Scenic Lakes

Lake Superior

Photo Credit : Jim Liestman

1. Lake Superior:

Lake Superior is located on the northern edge of Wisconsin Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes by surface area and volume. It is like a mini-freshwater ocean. During winters 40 to 95 percent of the river is covered with ice. Lake Superior is mostly surrounded by forest. It home to at least 36 species of water fleas. The Ontario portion of the Lake Superior travel route takes you through a mountain range that offers striking views of Lake Superior.

Lake Michigan

Photo Credit : Jim Denham

2. Lake Michigan:

Fishing on Lake Michigan is quite a luxury, as anglers can take fishing charters and begin the hunt. You can hike and climb the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Thousands of visitors every year take their motorboats, canoes and sailboats out in the lake for water adventures.

Lake Huron

Photo Credit : Johnny Peacock

3. Lake Huron:

Lake Huron has the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes. It is the second largest by surface area and the third largest by volume of water. Lumbering and fishing have been important economic activities in the Lake Huron region, and many resorts line the lake’s shores Pinery Provincial Park beach is the longest and quietest of all the beaches situated near lake Huron, whereas Grand Bend is the place for the party animal.

Lake Ontario

Photo Credit : Joe deSousa

4. Lake Ontario:

Lake Ontario is still a beautiful lake that offers a wealth of recreational opportunities. At the Boathouse in Genesee Valley Park you can rent a kayak. Webster Park, Montana Beach, Durand Beach, and East Bay Road are known for wind sports. The River flows above three falls that can be captured in a camera from a calculated position. Here you can visit the carousel at Ontario Beach Park or the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse.

Lake Erie

Photo Credit : Mark K.

5. Lake Erie:

Lake Erie is one of the best summer destinations for all. Port Clinton spoils you by offering activities like fishing, boating, sunbathing, walking on the beach and strolling through historic downtown. Put-in-Bay offers family attractions such as the Butterfly House, War of 18 Holes, Perry’s Cave, the Historical Society Museum & the OSU Fish Hatchery .Here you can also rent bikes, golf carts, mopeds, kayaks or jet skis. Cedar Point is the best amusement park in the World. It offers a mile-long white sand beach, an indoor & outdoor water park, two marinas, a campground and several hotels and resorts.

Lake Powell

Photo Credit : Wolfgang Staudt

6. Lake Powell, Arizona and Utah, USA:

Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona and has millions of tourists turning up every year. The lake offers a number of activities like boating, kayaking, fishing and hiking. The two-hour dinner cruise on the Canyon Princess will surely leave you with special memories of your trip to Lake Powell.

Lake Tahoe

Photo Credit : Christian Arballo

7. Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada:

Surrounded by Sierra Nevada Lake Tahoe is an alpine ecstasy. The sunsets, the pine trees, the landscape are all treat to one’s eyes. With an average annual snowfall of over 400 inches Lake Tahoe winters are the whitest and brightest in North America. Activities ranging from back country skiing to snowshoeing, shopping to gaming, hot tubbing to dining, are best in North Lake Tahoe. Skiing, boating, Bike trails, blackjack, Ice skating and bar hopping are what South Tahoe offers you.

Crater Lake

Photo Credit : Vincent Lammin

8. Crater Lake, Oregon:

The Crater Lake National Park in summers offers hiking, boat tours, trolley tours, ranger-guided programs, swimming, fishing, ranger talks, evening programs, camping and other activities. In the winter ranger-led snowshoe hikes are offered on weekends. The beautiful Crater Lake is the centerpiece of the National Park.

Lake Havasu

Photo Credit : Iris Donovan

9. Lake Havasu, Arizona:

One of the most popular along the Colorado River is Lake Havasu is well-known for the London Bridge. The London Bridge is one of the prime attractions at Lake Havasu. Millions of visitors gather each breathe in the scenic beauty of this Lake and engage in abundant recreational activities. Water sports, hiking, off-road opportunities and cultural and natural history draw visitors at all times.

Skilak Lake

Photo Credit : Bill Bumgarner

10. Skilak Lake, Alaska:

Skilak Lake is famous for its crystal clear waters. The lake is produced by glacial run. The water is chilly but the scenery is breathtaking with views of mountains all around. Skilak Lake features two campgrounds where you can engross yourself in the splendor of the setting.

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