The most beautiful lakes in the world

Top 25: Incredibly beautiful lakes from around the world

When someone says they’ve seen some of the most beautiful lakes in the world, which ones come to mind? If when you mention lakes you only think of an old pond you played by as a child, or the Loch Ness Monster, then you obviously don’t know much about the most famous lakes on our planet.

These incredible bodies of water are located in different parts of the world, so somewhere you could use a bathing suit, and in another place – an ice drill and a warmer jacket, but everywhere you will be amazed by the greatness of nature and its indescribable charm! Maybe after seeing this selection you’ll want to buy a plane ticket and see one of these lakes with your own eyes.

25. Lake Titicaca, Peru and Bolivia Photo: Emmanuel DYAN

The highest navigable lake in the world is located in the Andes on the border between Peru and Bolivia at 3,811 meters above sea level. Titicaca is famous for its man-made floating islands built and inhabited by the Uru (Uros) Indian people.

24. Lake Moraine, Canada Photo: Mark Doliner

There are a lot of lakes in Canada but this unbelievably picturesque place was even once featured on the Canadian $20 bill. Glacial Lake Moraine is located in the Ten Peaks Valley and reaches its maximum depth and fullness for just a couple of weeks a year in late June during the most active glacier melt.

23. Pinatubo Lake, Philippines

Photo: Andrew and Annemarie

The reservoir was formed in 1991 after a strong monsoon. The crater lake Pinatubo is located at the top of the Pinatubo mountain, which is still an active volcano.

22. Lake Annette, Canada Photo: Alex Fryatt

Lake Annette is one of the wet sols (saucer-shaped troughs), of which there are several in Alberta. It’s an ideal spot for picnicking, fishing, scuba diving or just stargazing.

21. Laguna Colorada, Bolivia Photo: Nico Kaiser

This amazing lake is located 4,200 meters above sea level in southwestern Bolivia and it owes its red color to mineral sediments and local algae. Laguna Colorado is a shallow body of water, with an average depth of about 50 centimeters.

20. Lake Louise, Canada Photo: Norton Ip

Also called Little Fish Lake, this pool is located in Banff National Park. The area around the lake is just a great place for hiking and camping, rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing.

19. Isabelle Lake, Colorado, USA Photo: TheTurducken

Isabelle Reservoir is located in Indian Peaks, Colorado, and its shoreline is very popular with hikers. It also has gorgeous views of the Navajo and Apache Mountains.

18. Crater Lake, Oregon, USA Photo: Rick Obst

This lake is high in the mountains. The local scenery is easily distinguished by the 2 small islets in the middle of Crater Lake, and it has become almost a favorite destination among nature lovers in Oregon. What’s more, Crater Lake has even been designated a U.S. national park.

17. Barclay Lake, Washington, USA Photo: Riccardo Rossi

Forest Lake Barclay is surrounded by many hiking trails and people often come here to fish or just to relax in the campsite.

16. Cane Flute Cave, China Photo: Grey World

This limestone cave is located in China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region, and experts estimate it to be over 180 million years old. It was rediscovered in the 1940s by sheer coincidence, and since then it has become world famous for its stalactites and unique colored lake.

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15. Lake Plastiras, Greece Photo: George Terezakis

The reservoir has about 400 million cubic meters of fresh water and is considered one of the highest in Europe (800 m above sea level). The lake has become a very popular tourist destination because of its unique landscapes.

14. Lake Mystic, Montana, USA Photo: MT Hikes

This is the largest lake in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, and all nature lovers and hikers have incredible scenic and spectacular trails to explore!

13. Yamjo-Yumzo Lake, Tibet Photo: Peter Vigier

This unique lake is 72 kilometers long from edge to edge and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. In 1996 a hydropower plant was built here, which became the largest in the whole of Tibet.

12. Lake Malawi or Nyasa, Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique Photo: i_pinz

It is the second deepest lake in all of Africa, and more animal species live in its tropical waters than any other freshwater body in the world. Because Malawi has a unique geology and is inhabited by a variety of creatures, the lake has been designated a nature reserve and national park.

Lake Mono, California, USA Photo: Sheila Sund

This shallow lake is located in the middle of scenic mountains in Mono County, California. It was formed over 760,000 years ago and because of its salinity it has a rather similar ecosystem to Laguna Colorado (21 points).

10. Lake Emerald, Canada Photo: Alan & Flora Botting

If you want to enjoy the mirrored reflections on the water’s surface, don’t come here between November and June, while the lake’s surface is under a layer of ice. It is during the summer months that the water in Emerald is colored in the most incredible shades of turquoise and blue due to the fact that the bottom of the lake is covered with white sediments of various minerals.

9. Lake Horseshoe, Canada Photo: Zeitlupe

This is another amazing Canadian lake. The coast of Horseshoe is very rocky, which makes it a favorite place for high jumpers. Although the local water is actually quite cool for swimming.

8. Mirror Lake, California, USA Photo: Tessa Needham

Mirror Lake is a small lake in the famous Yosemite National Park which is located between two majestic granite domes – North Dome and Half Dome. The views are mind-blowing from every angle.

7. Lake Solbjornvannet, Norway Photo: Ximonic (Simo Ronen)

There are about 450 thousand freshwater lakes in Norway, and this is one of them, and it is fed by glaciers. Norway is full of surprises and beauties, so you must go there!

6. Lake Peyto, Canada Photo: oliver.dodd

This famous glacial lake is located in one of the Rocky Mountains National Parks. Peyto is a natural wonder of heavenly color and unusual shape! As you’ve probably noticed by now, Canada is full of beauties that can easily drive you crazy.

5. Riffelsee, Switzerland Photo: thisisbossi

In the background, many recognize the legendary Matterhorn Alpine peak. The views on the Riffelsee are simply unbelievably beautiful! To see as much of the scenery as possible, just buy a train ticket on the Gornergratbahn, right up to this amazing lake.

Lake Sheosar, Pakistan Photo: Akbar Khan Niazi

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Sheosar is not only one of the most beautiful lakes in Pakistan but also one of the cleanest bodies of water in the world. During almost half the year it is covered by snow and ice, but in the spring and summer you can enjoy the most beautiful scenery here. By the way, if you visit Pakistan, try to visit the Kaghan Valley, it is also one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The Dead Sea, Israel/Jordan/Palestine Photo: tsaiproject

It is called the Dead Sea because this lake is so salty that no animals swim in it and no flora grows in it. The Dead Sea is the deepest of the world’s salt lakes. It has a salt concentration 8 times higher than the ocean, which is why it is almost impossible to drown in it and so easy to stay afloat.

2. Spotted Lake, Canada Photo: Mykola Swarnyk

This strange lake is located in British Columbia, not far from the town of Osoyoos. The bizarre spotted look is due to the fact that in the Spotted Lake there is almost the highest concentration of minerals, sediments of which form the wonderful spots of different colors.

1. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia Photo: veronicaromm

The Plitvice Forest Reserve is famous for its cascade of as many as 16 different lakes connected to each other by waterfalls. The natural dams are densely overgrown with moss and algae, making it one of the most picturesque national parks in the world.

The most beautiful lakes in the world

Amazing, beautiful lakes of natural and man-made origin beckon travelers to the farthest corners of our planet. These lakes are exotic Asia, distant South and North America, primitive Europe and our homeland. About the most famous and picturesque will be discussed in this article.

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal

“The Sacred Sea Baikal” is the pearl of Siberia and all of Russia. It is the deepest lake in the world with the purest fresh water. Its surface area is about 32,000 square kilometers and its depth reaches up to 1,650 meters. Baikal waters have a unique chemical composition, so the lake ecosystem is also unusual and unique: there are more than 50 species of fish, Baikal seal and a variety of birds. The water in the lake is so transparent, and everything you can see as if in the palm of your hand can be up to 40 meters deep! Locals attribute healing and even magical properties to the waters of Baikal.

Hiller Lake

Lake Hillier

The mysterious Lake Hillier is shrouded in mysteries and legends of the Australian aborigines. A reservoir of rose-colored waters surrounded by evergreen eucalyptus trees is a truly amazing landscape. The strangest thing is that scientists have not yet found out why the water acquired such an uncharacteristic hue. Legend has it that blood and milk mingled in the waters of the lake to cure pain and hunger.

Retba Lake

Lake Retba

Since we are talking about pink lakes, it is impossible not to mention Lake Retba or Pink Lake, a huge bowl with salty water of a delicate pink color. But here the reason is obvious – ancient microorganisms (cyanobacteria) dye the water in such an unusual color. Apart from them, there is no other organic life here because of the high salt content (1.5 times higher than in the Dead Sea). For the same reason, it is almost impossible to drown here, and salt is extracted on an industrial scale. By the way, the salt from Lake Retba is highly valued by the gourmets of Europe.

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Lake Nakura

Lake Nakura

Lake Nakuru, translated from the local dialect as “dusty place,” is located in Kenya in the East African Rift Valley. Large amounts of phytoplankton and algae stain the lake’s waters a deep blue-green color. Algae are a favorite treat for flamingos, which is why millions of flocks of beautiful pink birds come to the lake. The largest ornithological spectacle in the world attracts a large number of tourists. To preserve the pristine beauty of this place, the Kenyan government created a national park here.

Kelimutu Lakes

Kelimutu Lakes

The Kelimutu Crater Lakes were formed in the crater of the volcano of the same name on the Indonesian island of Flores. Every few years the lakes change their color: blue, brown, black, red… The local population believes the lakes serve as a resting place for the dead souls, and treats the multicolored waters with sacred awe. However, scientists attribute these changes to volcanic minerals, which from time to time react chemically with each other. But despite the prosaic explanation, you are in for a fantastic spectacle.

Lake Hipseland

Lake Hipseland

In Australia’s Croajingolong National Park lies Hipseland Lake which is popular with tourists. The thing is that the waters of the lake glow with blue neon light. Usually this phenomenon can only be observed in the depths of the ocean, but here it can be seen with the naked eye. The natural bioluminescence was given to us by the Noctiluca Scintillans algae that live here.

General Carrera Lake

General Carrera Lake

General Carrera is one of South America’s largest lakes. The azure waters spill over nearly 2,000 square kilometers. One half of the lake belongs to the state of Chile and the other half to Argentina. In the former country, the lake is called General Carrera, while the Argentines call it Buenos Aires. The Indians of Patagonia generally nicknamed it “Storm Lake” for its restless disposition. There is always a lot of excitement and wind, knocking down. Tourists are attracted by the rock Marble Cathedral – natural pillars of gray-pink marble.

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Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake

The mirror-like smoothness of Lake Uyuni is an unusual and beautiful place that has gained world fame. It is the largest salt lake on the planet (almost 10.5 thousand square kilometers) with a completely mirror-like and, attention, solid surface. Absolutely alien picture created by nature. In fact, it is a dried-up salt lake and one of the biggest salt marshes. Although in the rainy season, the pit fills up with water a little. The salt is extracted here on an industrial scale.

Red Lake

Red Lake Bolivia

The Colorado Red Lagoon is located in southwestern Bolivia, on the border of that country with Chile and Argentina. It is very shallow, only 30 cm deep, but its peculiarity is that its waters have a pinkish-red hue. This color is due to the salt and mineral deposits and microorganisms that inhabit the lake. Depending on the season and time of day, tourists can observe a real game of colors from greenish-brown to scarlet. The fantastic scenery is complemented by thousands of flamingos, standing knee-deep in water and dipping their beaks into it.

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Crater Lake

Lake Crater

Crater Lake is located in Oregon National Park. It was formed in the crater of Mazama Volcano, which was extinct 7,700 years ago. But seismologists still observe some thermal activity at its bottom. In addition to its interesting location, the lake attracts tourists with clean, clear, bright blue water. More than 100 years in the lake vertically floats a log “Lake Old Man”. And among the waters rises a volcanic island “Witch Island”.

Bande Amir Lakes.

Lakes Bande Amir

In the heart of the endless deserts of Afghanistan are the lakes of Bande-Amir, whose Afghan name is Imam Ali. It is amazing how in such an arid place the reservoirs appeared. The indigo colored lakes are surrounded by high limestone cliffs. The rich blue color is due to the content of carbon dioxide in the meltwater. The lakes and surrounding area are a national park of the country and are a UNESCO heritage site.

Lake Abraham

Lake Abraham

A true wonder of nature and Canada’s Lake Abraham. This is an artificial reservoir created to collect spring meltwater. And the lake is famous for the fact that, freezing in winter, it shows tourists a bizarre pattern of frozen methane bubbles in the ice columns. The gas is produced by plants growing at the bottom of the lake. Photographers from all over the world fly to Canada to capture this extraordinary and sometimes ominous beauty.

Lake Taal

Lake Taal

An active volcano of the same name rises in the center of Lake Taal. The volcano is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and last erupted in 1977. Scientists still record the volcano’s activity, and tourists can see hot vapors erupting from its crater. It is a very picturesque but dangerous place. The last eruption killed dozens of Filipinos. But locals, despite the danger, settle nearby to grow crops on the volcanic fertile soil.

Five Flowers Lake

Five Flowers Lake

The Jiuzhaigou National Reserve in southeastern China hides the beautiful and exotic Five Flower Lake behind three mountains. For the locals it is sacred: the crystal clear water allows you to clearly see the bottom, where lie the frozen trunks of ancient trees that once fell there. The color of the waters is reminiscent of peacock feathers: due to the mineral content, shades can vary from light yellow to jade throughout the lake’s surface. This place is home to amazing plants, rare animals and birds. Giant pandas, tapirs, and endangered golden snub-nosed monkeys can be found here. The Five Flowers Lake is listed as a UNESCO heritage site.

Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa is also located in California. In fact, it is a huge reservoir with an area of about 84 square kilometers and a depth of 84 meters. It is famous for the fact that in the lake man made a giant funnel for draining water, which was loudly named Gloria’s Hole. Look at this man-made miracle of nature better in the rainy season, then you can see the work of this structure in all its glory.

Lake Resia

Lake Resia

Artificially created lake Resia attracts tourists to northern Italy with its beauty. There used to be a few villages on the site of the reservoir, but in 1950 they began to build a dam, and instead they poured the largest lake in the region. Only the bell tower, visible from the water, reminds of the old days when people lived, worked and prayed on the current lake bed. Legends say that sometimes from the lake you can hear the ringing of bells that were taken off long ago…

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Boiling Lake

Boiling Lake

In the small island state of the Commonwealth of Dominica (not to be confused with the neighboring Dominican Republic) there is a real wonder of nature – Boiling Lake Boiling. The water temperature reaches 90 degrees above, about to boil! It is life-threatening to swim here, as jets of hot air and lava rush beneath the water. Although the water temperature can drop to 10 degrees Celsius, it can boil in minutes.

Plitvice Lakes.

Plitvice Lakes

One of Europe’s most visited natural attractions is the Plitvice Islands. To admire the picturesque scenery, you need to get to the central part of Croatia. The Plitvice Islands National Park is a pure air, lush greenery and clear lake water with flashing silver trout. To preserve the purity and beauty of this place, it is forbidden to swim, fish or make bonfires.

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki

The unusual Lake Pukaky with its sky-blue water is one of the main tourist destinations of New Zealand. The lake is of glacial origin high in the mountains and is filled with meltwater, which is why it is so clean and clear. Scientists believe that the lake is at least 16 thousand years old, but its pristine beauty has been preserved to this day. The water temperature does not rise above 7 degrees Celsius, so swim here will not work.

Colored Lake

Lake of Color

We put this thermal hot reservoir in the article as a bonus. It is not considered a full-fledged lake, but with its beauty and uniqueness it deserves to be on this list. Yellowstone National Park is famous for its thermal springs and rich nature.

Lake of Color

The lake received its unique color due to the various microorganisms that “painted” it in different colors. There are cyanobacteria, protozoan unicellular organisms, fungi, mosses and algae. Each type of organism contributes its own contribution to the color diversity of the spring. Depending on the weather, temperature and other factors, the color in a water body can change.

An interesting fact is that not so long ago this spring looked very different. It was sapphire in color and was called “Morning Lights”. But the habit of many tourists to throw a coin into the lake has led to the fact that the underground channel through which the geothermal spring breaks to the surface, partially clogged with coins. The hot water now hardly reaches the surface and the temperature of the lake has dropped from 100 degrees Celsius to 75 degrees. This temperature has become comfortable for the many microorganisms that now inhabit this place.

If you find yourself in these places, the lake can give you a wonderful unforgettable experience.


And lastly

It’s hard to imagine how many other beautiful, mind-blowing lakes there are in the world that didn’t make our list. We encourage you to go exploring the world soon, and maybe you’ll have something to add to our article. Thank you for your attention!

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