PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Everyone loves taking photos of a beautiful lake with their scenery photo. Here are 15 of the most stunning lakes in America! Have you been to any of these? Photos of the Week: August 22nd, 2019

Watery wonders

The US has around 125,000 lakes in its lower 48 states alone, while Alaska blows that out of the water, claiming to have a whopping three million watery wonders. They’re almost always gorgeous and are often some of the best places for fun activities from fishing to stand-up paddleboard yoga. Here we take a look at the most stunning lakes around America and what you can do there.

Mono Lake, California
Mono Lake, close to Yosemite National Park, is twice as salty as an ocean because it has no outlets. Covering 70 square miles, this so-called inland sea formed more than 760,000 years ago, yet its most striking features – the spindly limestone tufa towers – were exposed in the 1980s thanks to lowering water levels.
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Mono Lake, California
This is the type of natural beauty you could stare at for hours, especially at sunrise and sunset (both are equally spectacular). It also deserves to be seen from different angles. Hike trails in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains, whose snow-capped peaks are mirrored in the water on clear days, spot waterfowl and wild horses (often seen in nearby meadows), or slice through that pristine blue water on a canoe or kayak.
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Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming
Vast Yellowstone Lake freezes completely in winter and thaws in late spring, but it’s strikingly beautiful at any time of year. Bordered by Yellowstone National Park‘s vivid geothermal springs, its shimmering surface conceals hidden depths. Recent research has found that, if the lake were drained of water, it would reveal geysers, hot springs and canyons like those found around its edges and elsewhere in the park.
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Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming
You can’t swim here and you probably wouldn’t want to in the icy water. But, in summer, you can kayak around narrow inlets and coves surrounded by alpine forests and mountain peaks. Or go wildlife spotting in the meadows and woodland. Spring is the most charming time, when bighorn lambs, bear cubs, elk calves and baby bison can often be spotted (from a safe distance)
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Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
For many, Lake Tahoe, which spans two states, is synonymous with skiing. High-end resorts perch on its shores and in the mountains that provide a scenic backdrop. The Nevada side also has casinos (obviously).
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Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
Late summer and fall are relatively (and refreshingly) quiet. Crowds melt away with the snow and it becomes a serene spot for camping, hiking and swimming from sand and pebble beaches. Trek the Rubicon Trail in South Lake Tahoe, on the California side, for some of the best scenery. You’ll pass teeny beaches, coves and huge boulders to reach Emerald Bay State Park, where you can kayak from the beach and around tiny Fannette Island, topped with an abandoned 1920s teahouse.
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Avalanche Lake, Montana
Montana is drowning in beautiful bodies of water, with more than 3,000 lakes and reservoirs across the state. It’s hard to pick the prettiest but we reckon Avalanche Lake just edges into the lead thanks to its crystalline, glacier-fed water, forested shores and the Rocky Mountains, which shimmer in the distance like the most striking wallpaper.
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Avalanche Lake, Montana
The Glacier National Park lake is a little too chilly for swimming (though you can dip in a toe or five from lake beaches) and it’s prone to avalanches in winter, hence the name. But it’s a fabulously serene spot for picnicking and hiking in warmer months. It’s relatively quiet too, thanks in part to the fact it’s only reachable via a half-day trail that passes cedar forest, gorges and waterfalls.
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Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas
Though more famous for its music, food and nightlife, Austin has a surprising amount of green spaces – and blue, for that matter. Lady Bird Lake is actually a reservoir whose skinny shape makes it look more like a river. It was created in 1960 as a cooling pond for a power plant and was later renamed after former president Lyndon B Johnson’s wife, Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson.
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Lady Bird Lake, Austin, Texas
Nowadays, it’s all about cooling down the city’s residents, especially in the often-sweltering summer heat. On weekends it’s invariably scattered with kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders (SUP). Because it’s Austin, you’ll also spot people taking SUP yoga classes. Swimming is prohibited but is allowed at Barton Springs, whose refreshingly cool waters flow into the lake. Come nightfall, everyone paddles over to watch 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats flutter from beneath Congress Avenue Bridge like ash in the breeze
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Lake Clark, Alaska
Alaska makes even Montana look a little dried-up. The northernmost state has around three million lakes which makes you wonder how there’s any dry land at all. Some are seasonal, fed by snowmelt and glaciers, while Lake Clark – part of Lake Clark National Preserve – can be enjoyed and gazed upon year-round.
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Lake Clark, Alaska
One of many lakes in the preserve, Lake Clark’s skinny, turquoise body stretches to around 50 miles (80km) in length and the limpid water is fed by waterfalls, rivers, streams and glaciers. It’s best explored by power boat or kayak, keeping an eye out for wildlife such as brown bears and bald eagles.
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Redfish Lake, Idaho
Redfish Lake, part of Sawtooth National Forest, is named for the huge quantities of sockeye salmon that used to arrive there after a 900-mile (1,448-km) migration from the Pacific Ocean, though the number has drastically dwindled. The water’s placid surface provides a mirror for the Sawtooth Mountains.
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Redfish Lake, Idaho
There’s something for everyone here. Rent boats, pontoons and paddleboards from the marina; explore the surrounding alpine forest and mountain trails by foot or on horseback; or just lounge on one of the sandy beaches, which provide easy access to the lake’s shallower edges.
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Lake Superior, Michigan
It’s hard to argue with the seemingly boastful name of Lake Superior when you’re standing on its shores. The biggest of the Great Lakes chain and the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area (it covers 31,700 square miles), it feels more like an ocean. There are islands – some of which have their own mini lakes and waterfalls – and even shipwrecks.
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Lake Superior, Michigan
Several companies run scuba and snorkeling tours to explore the depths. If you prefer keeping your head above water, visit one of its many beaches or go on a boat trip around Isle Royale National Park, an archipelago of more than 200 islands. The largest, Isle Royale, has a network of hiking trails and wildlife including wolves and moose.
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Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona
Mother Nature is a pretty talented painter but man-made lakes can be equally gorgeous as their natural counterparts. None prove it quite so convincingly as Lake Powell, which straddles Utah and Arizona. Mind you, the reservoir’s appeal is rather boosted by its proximity to natural bridges, dams and canyons carved into red and apricot rock.
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Lake Powell, Utah and Arizona
Its beauty hasn’t gone unnoticed. The lake has featured in films such as the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes and Oscar-winning Gravity, released in 2013. You don’t have to be a Hollywood star to enjoy the many activities, from fishing and boat tours to kayaking and paddleboarding.
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Diablo Lake, Washington
Many lakes are described as turquoise but Diablo Lake outdoes them all. Its vivid appearance is caused by flour-like particles ground from the rock of surrounding glaciers, and illuminated by sunlight. The result is breathtaking, especially viewed from trails in North Cascades National Park.
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Diablo Lake, Washington
Seattle City Light runs boat cruises on the lake, passing snow-capped peaks and waterfalls, and scouring the land for wildlife like black-tailed deer and hoary marmots, who whistle when they sense a predator is nearby. The reservoir is also popular with kayakers and hikers, with a network of mountain and forest trails.
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Lake George, New York
Lake George is nicknamed the Queen of American Lakes and Thomas Jefferson, the USA’s third president, described it as “the most beautiful water I ever saw”. We can confirm that the natural wonder, which glistens at the base of the Adirondack Mountains, lives up to the hype. Its proximity to New York City, and its sheer beauty, have long attracted jet-setters looking to escape the summer heat.
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Lake George, New York
Nowadays, you don’t need to be a multi-millionaire to camp by the lakeshore, tour nearby vineyards, hike through old-growth forests or launch a kayak from Million Dollar Beach. Though it helps if you want to stay at the more luxurious lodges or take a hot air balloon ride. The area also hosts Lake George Music Festival each August, with classical music performed at various indoor and outdoor locations.
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Crater Lake, Oregon
America’s deepest lake (a staggering 1,943 feet/592m) is often the most difficult to see. In winter, it’s common for people to drive there only to be greeted by a wall of fog. If it falls away, the view of this caldera basin, a collapsed volcano filled with rain and snowmelt, feels all the more special. Go in summer for the best chance to take in its blindingly blue beauty.
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Crater Lake, Oregon
While you can snowshoe in winter, summer offers the most activities. Seasonal boat tours travel around the volcanic islands, including one resembling a wizard’s hat, and a bobbing hemlock tree trunk known as the Old Man of the Lake. You can also swim around Fumarole Bay, though you may not want to stay in very long – the water is a teeth-chattering 54°F (12ºC).
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Lake Jocassee, South Carolina
Lake Jocassee is another man-made beauty proving natural isn’t always best. This reservoir was created in 1973 and is fed by cool, clear water flowing from Appalachian mountain rivers. The shores are largely undeveloped with tucked-away coves, rocky outcrops and swimming spots by waterfalls.
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Lake Jocassee, South Carolina
Visitors can access the lake through Devil’s Fork State Park to hike trails or get on the water in a canoe or kayak, gazing up at the surrounding steep, gray-blue gorges and distant mountains. You can camp close to the lake and, in summer, swim or scuba dive in the clear waters.
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Hanging Lake, Colorado
Waterfalls cascade into shimmering, spearmint-hued pools at Hanging Lake, located in Glenwood Canyon. The water might look inviting but sadly, swimming is prohibited – and the lake would look very different if everyone jumped in. The lake is so-named because it appears to hang from a cliff and its dramatic beauty more than makes up for its small size.
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Hanging Lake, Colorado
There’s a raised wooden walkway around the lake with signs explaining its history, geology and wildlife, including native trout which are visible beneath the sheer surface. If you like to earn your views, follow the 9.5-mile (15-km) Glenwood Canyon Recreation Path from the town of Glenwood Springs to reach the lakeside trail.
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Caddo Lake, Texas and Louisiana
This swampy lake straddles Texas and Louisiana, and it could hardly be more Southern in its feel and appearance. Spanish moss drips from cypress trees, whose broad, knotted trunks are submerged in the soupy water. Alligators can be occasionally spotted basking on logs while Sasquatch spotters claim this is prime Bigfoot territory (they call him the ‘Caddo critter’ here).
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Caddo Lake, Texas and Louisiana
We can’t guarantee you’ll see the hairy creature but we can promise you’ll be charmed by the lake’s ethereal, slightly spooky beauty. Paddling in a kayak or canoe is by far the best way to explore its bayous and waterways, keeping an eye out for herons, armadillos and turtles. And Bigfoot, of course.
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