10 gorgeous lakes in the US

From Northwest mountains and Southwest deserts to Midwestern forests and beyond, these lovely, lively lakes are our top picks for freshwater beauty and adventure.  

Text by Greg Thilmont | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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May 22, 2014 10:33AM
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Two of these lakes are not lakes but resevoirs.   Lakes are made by nature.  Resevoirs by man.   Lake Tahoe is beautiful from a distance but get up close and the traffic is horrible.   It is very expensive to stay or dine anywhere.   Sorry I prefer Crater Lake in Oregon.  
May 22, 2014 6:44AM
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Summersville Lake in Summersville, WV, should be on this list. It is flanked by beautiful 80'-100' sandstone cliffs that are very picturesque. With water that is crystal clear it provides 30-40' of underwater visibility.  
May 16, 2014 3:36AM
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You could spend hours sitting on a large, flat rock..  It is awesome any time of the year but basically the Northern end is closed off during winter leaving the south side in both states.  In the summer you have a ton of things to just relax or keep yourself going 100% of the time.  In the Winter there is some of the best skiing in t and he world, of course, the casino's with some of the greatest entertainment anywhere around.  Just keep looking up, down and right in front of you, you won't miss a thing if you don't go caught up I celebrating looking.  If you can squeeze in at some.
May 15, 2014 4:16PM
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Lake Michigan is best viewed from Holland Michigan, rated one of the best towns to raise children, beautiful shorelines along with quaint towns like Saugatuk, Zeeland and Glenn, the Holland state Park is a bucket list destination.
Mar 8, 2014 8:52AM
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Lake Champlain is a colorful lake located in beautiful country too. Didn't see the legendary "Champ" monster, however.
Mar 8, 2014 8:49AM
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Lake Tahoe is certainly beautiful. When you're on the highway coming to it, you're at a high elevation and you can see the entire lake, community and forests. You can see it all! Totally serene.  Also, Lake Ontario is the prettiest of the Great Lakes. Cool, crystal blue and clean. I saw this from Fort Niagara (US) and Fort George (Canada). Check it out.
Oct 21, 2013 12:12PM
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Lake Oconee is a great place to live and play!  Let me help you find your dream home.  Sandra, Broker Owner of Georgia Realty Finder.  404-643-7324
Sep 4, 2013 7:53PM
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Crescent Lake...Crescent City Florida
Aug 28, 2013 8:53AM
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Ok world.....here is the #1. 
Freshwater West Okoboji Lake in Northwest Iowa. Covering 3,850 acres.
 West Okoboji is often considered to be one of the three blue water lakes in the world. The other two are Lake Geneva in Switzerland & Lake Louise in Canada. It is mentioned that this fact was stated in National Geographic many years ago. Late 1890s Iowa State Geological texts speak of the "blue water" of West Okoboji. West Okoboji is glacial lake, created by the Wisconsin Glacier nearly 14,000 years ago with a maximum depth of 136 feet. Subterranean springs help provide cool, clear, blue water of Iowa's most popular lake. I have lived here my entire life, raised my children here, and believe me....it is heaven on earth! Its even a blast when frozen!
Aug 27, 2013 10:16PM
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Dale Hollow in Tenn will beat most of these and Lake of the Ozarks is a commercialized cesspool. I have lived in both and can't wait until my next trip to D.H. Dale Hollow has been proclaimed more than once as the clearest, cleanest man made lake east of the rockies. 645 miles of shoreline with only 12 miles developed into marinas and campgrounds. All the rest is smoky mountain wilderness. Also home of the world record smallmouth bass with numerous other species available for anglers. With it's under water communities and visibility, it is a fresh water scuba paradise. Check out some of the websites on it.
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