Natural beauty abounds in the US! The Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains…each is a stunning example of Mother Nature’s artistry. Our lakes are another source of awe and national pride. If you’re looking to get back in touch with nature – and achieve some clarity while you’re at it – visiting one America’s clearest lakes is the way to go! Check out the top 10, and don’t forget to pack a delicious green wine for the trip!
- Crater Lake, Oregon: Natura wines aren’t the only great natural wonders our fair state has to offer! Crater Lake sits in the caldera of the Mount Mazama volcano and is the deepest lake in the U.S. at 1,946 feet. Interesting features like Wizard Island and Old Man of the Lake, a 30-foot tree stump bobbing vertically in the water, make Crater Lake a totally unique place.
- Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada: North America’s largest alpine lake, its depths reach nearly 1,650 feet. Located in the Sierra Nevada Range, the ancient lake is recognized for having the purest waters on the continent, as well as exceptional clarity with colors ranging from deep blue to turquoise.
- Hanging Lake, Colorado: Once you get a glimpse of it’s insanely clear turquoise waters, you’ll know why hikers flock here. Limestone deposits helped form the lake, and the surrounding cliffs, trees and waterfalls make for an unforgettable experience. Just stay off the log in the middle of the lake!
- Flathead Lake, Montana: At 28 miles long and 15 miles wide, Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake this side of the Mississippi. The clear water provides the perfect opportunity for swimming, sailing, fishing and other recreational activities.
- Torch Lake, Michigan: One of Michigan’s best-kept secrets. As the second largest inland lake, Torch Lake is part of a series of 14 lakes connected by rivers that offer over 100 miles of fun and beauty. The clear turquoise waters are stunning.
- Lake George, New York: Located in Adirondack State Park in upstate New York, Lake George’s deep blue waters attract about 50,000 people each summer. It’s nicknamed the Queen of American Lakes because of its pristine beauty and pure waters.
- Newfound Lake, New Hampshire: This central New Hampshire lake is fed by eight underground springs, giving it a constant supply of fresh, pure water. This helps the lake maintain the clarity and deep blue coloring that it’s known for.
- Deer Lake, Minnesota: Known as the Lake of Changing Colors thanks to the mineral deposits that contribute to color shifts from blue to green to turquoise, Deer Lake is extremely popular with kayakers and canoeists who “island hop” among the lake’s 25 small islands.
- Lake Chelan, Washington: Its stunning beauty is the perfect appetizer for the natural wonders that await you in North Cascades National Park. The lake is the largest natural lake in Washington, as well as the deepest at 1,486 feet. Small towns, vineyards, and forests surround the lake are perfect for adventure.
- Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: There are more than 50 lakes in this northern Idaho region, and Coeur d’Alene is the gem. Sit on one of the lakes beaches to watch for bald eagles flying overhead, or hike the North Idaho Centennial Trail which follows the lakeshore to Higgins Point.
America has some of the clearest lakes in the world. Grab one of our fine Natura wines, hit the open road – not necessarily in that order – and explore a lake ASAP!