The Best Lakes Near Me in the Pacific Northwest

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.



Located just 30 minutes from the town of Leavenworth, Colchuck Lake is a serene alpine lake that offers stunning views of Dragontail Peak and Colchuck Peak.

Colchuck Lake, Washington

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.



Emerald Lake, British Columbia

This fantastic gem in the Canadian Rockies gets its name because it reflects color from the light like an infinite pool of liquid glass, capturing all colors around it like magic!

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.


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