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List of Largest Lakes in the U.S. by Area

This is List of Largest Lakes in the U.S. by Surface Area.

Largest lakes of the United States

Lakes abound in the United States. Many of the lakes in the United States are among the largest on the planet. Lakes are an important resource since they not only produce water but also nurture nature and support ecosystems. Hydropower can be generated from lakes, and lakes can also be used for fishing and to create habitats for a variety of marine animals. Lakes are fantastic tourist destinations, and offer a variety of activities that foster economic growth and support human existence.

The five greatest lakes in the USA, together known as the Great Lakes, are Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. They are situated near the U.S. and Canadian borders in the northern Midwest. The deepest lake in the USA is Crater Lake. Lake Michigan is the largest lake in the USA that is entirely within the borders of the United States and does not share a shoreline with any other nations. Out of the top 100 lakes in the USA, 55 are man-made and 45 are natural. Three of the top 100 lakes are mostly salt water.

Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world (by surface area). There are beaches, 200-foot sandstone cliffs, and waterfalls that plunge into the lake are some of the attractions of Lake Superior. To get to your desired location, you can take a ferry and one can hike, drive, and kayak there.

Lake George, also known as the "Queen of American Lakes," is 32 miles long and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and clean lakes in the USA. Lake George, located in the southern Adirondack State Park, attracts over 50,000 summer visitors each year. Among the water-based activities available to visitors are water skiing, jet skiing, rafting, and kayaking.

This is list of Largest Lakes in the U.S. by Surface Area: Lake Superior Surface Area: 31,700 sq mi, Lake Michigan Surface Area:22,300 sq mi, Lake Huron Surface Area:22,300 sq mi. etc.

List of Largest Lakes in the U.S. by Surface Area

RankNameLocationArea sq miArea sq km
1Lake SuperiorMichigan-Minnesota-Wisconsin-Ontario31,700 sq mi82,103 km2
2Lake MichiganIllinois-Indiana-Michigan-Wisconsin22,300 sq mi57,757 km2
3Lake HuronMichigan-Ontario22,300 sq mi57,757 km2
4Lake ErieMichigan-New York-Ohio-Ontario-Pennsylvania9,910 sq mi25,667 km2
5Lake OntarioNew York-Ontario7,340 sq mi19,011 km2
6Great Salt Lake (salt)Utah2,117 sq mi5,483 km2
7Lake of the WoodsManitoba-Minnesota-Ontario1,485 sq mi3,846 km2
8Iliamna LakeAlaska1,014 sq mi2,626 km2
9Lake Oahe (man-made)North Dakota-South Dakota685 sq mi1,774 km2
10Lake OkeechobeeFlorida662 sq mi1,715 km2
11Lake Pontchartrain (salt)Louisiana631 sq mi1,634 km2
12Lake Sakakawea (man-made)North Dakota520 sq mi1,347 km2
13Lake ChamplainNew York-Vermont-Quebec490 sq mi1,269 km2
14Becharof LakeAlaska453 sq mi1,173 km2
15Lake St. ClairMichigan - Ontario440 sq mi1,140 km2
16Red LakeMinnesota427 sq mi1,106 km2
17Selawik LakeAlaska404 sq mi1,046 km2
18Fort Peck Lake (man-made)Montana393 sq mi1,018 km2
19Salton Sea (salt)California347 sq mi899 km2
20Rainy LakeMinnesota-Ontario345 sq mi894 km2
21Devils LakeNorth Dakota300.0 sq mi777 km2
22Toledo Bend Reservoir (man-made)Louisiana-Texas284 sq mi736 km2
23Lake Powell (man-made)Arizona-Utah251 sq mi650 km2
24Kentucky Lake (man-made)Kentucky-Tennessee250 sq mi647 km2
25Lake Mead (man-made)Arizona-Nevada247 sq mi640 km2
26Naknek LakeAlaska242 sq mi627 km2
27Lake WinnebagoWisconsin215 sq mi557 km2
28Mille Lacs LakeMinnesota207 sq mi536 km2
29Flathead LakeMontana192 sq mi497 km2
30Lake TahoeCalifornia-Nevada191 sq mi495 km2
31Pyramid LakeNevada183 sq mi474 km2
32Sam Rayburn Reservoir (man-made)Texas179 sq mi464 km2
33Eufaula Lake (man-made)Oklahoma169 sq mi438 km2
34Lake Marion (man-made)South Carolina165 sq mi427 km2
35Leech LakeMinnesota161 sq mi417 km2
36Utah LakeUtah151 sq mi391 km2
37Lake Francis Case (man-made)South Dakota149 sq mi386 km2
38Lake Pend OreilleIdaho148 sq mi383 km2
39Lake Texoma (man-made)Oklahoma-Texas139 sq mi360 km2
40Yellowstone LakeWyoming136 sq mi352 km2
41Falcon Lake (man-made)Tamaulipas-Texas131 sq mi339 km2
42Lake Livingston (man-made)Texas130 sq mi337 km2
43Lake Roosevelt (man-made)Washington128 sq mi332 km2
44Lake ClarkAlaska120 sq mi311 km2
45Moosehead LakeMaine117 sq mi303 km2
46Lake Strom Thurmond (man-made)Georgia-South Carolina111 sq mi287 km2
47Bear LakeIdaho-Utah109 sq mi282 km2
48Lake Guntersville (man-made)Alabama108 sq mi280 km2
49Lake St. Francis (man-made)New York-Ontario-Quebec105 sq mi272 km2
50Wheeler Lake (man-made)Alabama105 sq mi272 km2
51Amistad Lake(man-made)Coahuila-Texas102 sq mi264 km2
52Klamath LakeOregon96 sq mi249 km2
53Lake Moultrie (man-made)South Carolina94 sq mi243 km2
54Lake WinnibigoshishMinnesota91 sq mi236 km2
55Lake Barkley (man-made)Kentucky-Tennessee91 sq mi236 km2
56Lake Sharpe (man-made)South Dakota89 sq mi231 km2
57American Falls Reservoir (man-made)Idaho88 sq mi228 km2
58Lake Hartwell (man-made)Georgia-South Carolina87 sq mi225 km2
59Truman Reservoir (man-made)Missouri87 sq mi225 km2
60Lake of the Ozarks (man-made)Missouri86 sq mi223 km2
61Oneida LakeNew York80 sq mi207 km2
62Lake Cumberland (man-made)Kentucky79 sq mi205 km2
63Kerr Lake (man-made)North Carolina-Virginia78 sq mi202 km2
64Calcasieu LakeLouisiana77 sq mi199 km2
65Lake Murray (man-made)South Carolina75 sq mi194 km2
66Grand Lake o' the Cherokees (man-made)Oklahoma73 sq mi189 km2
67Lake WinnipesaukeeNew Hampshire71 sq mi184 km2
68Bull Shoals Lake (man-made)Arkansas-Missouri71 sq mi184 km2
69Walter F. George Lake (man-made)Alabama-Georgia71 sq mi184 km2
70Lake Martin (man-made)Alabama69 sq mi179 km2
71Clear LakeCalifornia68 sq mi176 km2
72Robert S. Kerr Lake (man-made)Oklahoma68 sq mi176 km2
73Seneca LakeNew York68 sq mi176 km2
74Pickwick Lake (man-made)Alabama-Mississippi67 sq mi174 km2
75Table Rock Lake (man-made)Arkansas-Missouri67 sq mi174 km2
76Cayuga LakeNew York67 sq mi174 km2
77Flaming Gorge Reservoir (man-made)Utah-Wyoming66 sq mi171 km2
78Lake VermilionMinnesota63 sq mi163 km2
79Lake Ouachita (man-made)Arkansas63 sq mi163 km2
80Lake MattamuskeetNorth Carolina63 sq mi163 km2
81Watts Bar Lake (man-made)Tennessee61 sq mi158 km2
82Lake Wallula (man-made)Oregon-Washington61 sq mi158 km2
83Lake Lanier (man-made)Georgia59 sq mi153 km2
84Lake Seminole (man-made)Florida-Georgia58 sq mi150 km2
85Lake Tawakoni (man-made)Texas57 sq mi148 km2
86Elephant Butte Lake (man-made)New Mexico57 sq mi148 km2
87Chickamauga Lake (man-made)Tennessee57 sq mi148 km2
88Grenada Lake (man-made)Mississippi55 sq mi142 km2
89Lake KissimmeeFlorida55 sq mi142 km2
90Lake Dardanelle (man-made)Arkansas54 sq mi140 km2
91Norris Lake (man-made)Tennessee53 sq mi137 km2
92Canyon Ferry Lake (man-made)Montana53 sq mi137 km2
93Lake ChelanWashington52 sq mi135 km2
94Cedar Creek Lake (man-made)Texas51 sq mi132 km2
95Lake Norman (man-made)North Carolina51 sq mi132 km2
96Sardis Lake (man-made)Mississippi51 sq mi132 km2
97Walker Lake (Nevada)Nevada50 sq mi129 km2
98Lake McConaughy (man-made)Nebraska56 sq mi145 km2
99Lake GeorgeNew York56 sq mi145 km2
100Beaver Lake (man-made)Arkansas44.06 sq mi114 km2
101Great Sacandaga LakeNew York42 sq mi109 km2

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