The Best Lakes in the Pacific Northwest Story

The Pacific Northwest has pretty spectacular lakes, but some stand out from the rest. The lakes on this list are the best in the Pacific Northwest for different reasons because they are all so unique. So whether you’re looking to go kayaking, swimming, or want to enjoy some time by the water at a resort with friends, these lakes will not disappoint.

Johnson Lake, British Columbia

This turquoise lake is located in the interior of British Columbia and is a popular spot for fishing, kayaking, and swimming. The lakeshore is primarily undeveloped, making it the perfect place to relax and take in the area’s natural beauty.

Lake Chelan, Washington

Lake Chelan is one of the most popular lakes in Washington and attracts visitors from all over. Lake Chelan is a 50-mile long lake located in the North Cascades region of Washington. The glacier-fed lake is known for its clear, turquoise waters and is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, and boating.

Ross Lake, Washington

This beautiful lake is located in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area in Washington and is known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning mountain views. The lake is a popular spot for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing and offers plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Lake Coeur d’Alene is located in northern Idaho and offers some of the best lakeside views in the state. At the end of a long day, you can unwind in one of the world’s most beautiful cities at Coeur d’Alene Resort. Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards and Gold List have listed it for its exceptional collection of amenities and the famous 14th hole of the Resort Golf Course, a floating green.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Located in southern Oregon, Crater Lake is a must-see destination for anyone visiting the Pacific Northwest. The deepest lake in the United States and seventh deepest on earth, Crater Lake, was formed from an ancient volcano that collapsed thousands of years ago after an eruption.

Osoyoos Lake, British Columbia

Located in the South Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Osoyoos Lake is a popular lakeside destination for locals and tourists and one of Canada’s warmest lakes. The lake offers many lakeside attractions, including biking, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, golfing, and wine tasting.

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