Top 10 Clearest Lakes

Take a dive into the clearest, cleanest, and most refreshing lakes in the United States

America the beautiful has a wide array of natural wonders inside its borders, but these ten stunning lakes offers views into some of the cleanest, clearest waters in the country. From alpine lakes in the mountains to the large lakes formed from glacial movements, these shimmering bodies of water offer you some of the best aquatic views.

1. Lake Tahoe


Nestled in the Lake Tahoe Basin in the Sierra Nevadas, this beautiful body of water is the largest alpine lake in North America. Stretching all the way down to 1,645 feet deep, Lake Tahoe has beautiful crystal-clear waters at an elevation of 6,225 feet above sea level. Known for its phenomenal clarity, this ancient lake has the purest waters in North America, making this The Clearest Lake in the United States. It offers visitors many options for exploring the gorgeous area as well. You can take in the sights on a cruise or explore them firsthand with hiking trails, bike paths, or ski slopes in the winter. This stunning lake is visited by approximately 3 million people every year.

2. Crater Lake


Located in the caldera of the once-towering volcano Mount Mazama, Crater Lake was formed after the violent eruption of this now-sleeping volcano, approximately 7,700 years ago. Known for its deep blue color and clear water, this lake is the deepest lake in the country. Since it is fed only by rain and snow, and therefore absorbs little pollution, it is extremely clear. With beautiful and interesting features like the “Old Man of the Lake,” a 30-foot tree stump that has bobbed vertically in the waters for over a century, and Wizard Island, which was formed from a cinder cone after the eruption, Crater Lake offers visitors a unique experiences, beautiful views, and fantastic outdoor opportunities in Oregon.

3. Lake Coeur d’Alene


The Coeur d’Alene area of Idaho is covered with more than 55 lakes that were left behind by the glaciers of the ancient Ice Ages. But, none are more beautiful or pristine than Lake Coeur d’Alene itself whose waters span 25 miles. Here, visitors can experience the spectacular beaches and gorgeous views, catch glimpses of bald eagles, and see beautiful Idaho sunsets. Visitors can explore the North Idaho Centennial Trail, a multi-use recreational trail that follows the Idaho and Washington state line, traveling along the lake’s shoreline to beautiful Higgens Point. 

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