12 Most Magnificent Lakes in the World

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Prepare to be amazed and overwhelmed by these 12 incredible lakes that will take your breath away.

Sure, the sea is amazing but I always feel that lakes have a phenomenal stillness that makes you feel, well, calm.

Check out these magnificent lakes across the world, and should you feel compelled to go and experience their beauty first-hand then all the better!

1.    Masyuko lake, Hokkaido, Japan



2.     Lake Umayo,  Sullistani, Peru



3. Lake Pukuaki, South Island, New Zealand



4.    Tso Moriri Lake, Kashmir, India



5.    Laguna Verde, Sud Lípez,  Bolivia



6.    Peyto Lake, Alberta, Canada



7. Lake Matheson, South Island, New Zealand


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8.    Pakhal lake,  Pogallapalle, India



9.    Lake Como, Bellagio, Italy



10. Long Lake, Minnesota



11. Lake Diablo, North Cascades, Washington



12.  Lone Pine Lake, Whitney Portal, California



Want more? Check out these 2 more stunning lakes that we just couldn’t leave out!

Visited any of these magnificent lakes? Got more recommendations for fantastic lake destinations? Post up your comments below!

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107 thoughts on “12 Most Magnificent Lakes in the World”

  1. Lake Diablo, North Cascades, Washington is AWESOME!

    Twin Lakes on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands in East Sound is a worth every step to get to these majestic lakes.

    BackpackBill….Are you from Washington?

  2. Loch Lomond in Scotland, along with the west coast of Scotland, is at the top of the list of places I recommend to visitors to Scotland.

  3. It may not be as dramatic as these, but I’m a sucker for Lake Champlain – Green Mountains on one side, Adirondacks on the other. Nice photos though.

  4. crater late oregon usa really should be on this list! not only is it a fresh water lake you cant get to in the winter bc of the amazing snow falls. but also it is the deepest fresh water lake.

  5. Thanks for the post! Exquisite photos indeed. These places can make a great venue for our next video shoot. I’d be passing this along to my readers as well. My warm regards!

  6. Lake Wanaka South Island, New Zealand

    Lake Powell Page, Arizona

    Lake Titicaca Peru

    Mono Lake California

  7. The #8 Pakhal lake, India was amazing to see. It was my lake where our family used to go for every festival in India to show the guests, to have family gettogether. It is in Pakhal wild life sanctuary and actually said to be a manmade lake built by King Prataparudra of Warangal Kakatiyas in 13th century although the local tribals disagree and tell the stories of a goddess.
    There used to be tigers here and the queen Mary had visited it and shot some tigers and took pictures. The pictures are said to be stored in Cambridge Library.
    Now, it is just a water source for irrigation and government isnt restoring its serene beauty

  8. Thanx for giving the place to our pakhal lake in yr list…and i am very proud….

  9. thanks for giving a good placement in the world for pakhal lake, which is suitable for the gave position. Its a beautiful and magnificent to the tourists .

  10. Its very nice to see that Pakhal got placed in top 12 lakes in the world, I have been Pakhal its very beutiful, tourism plans should be developed so that tourists can visit and this place can become developed. at the moment its like natural but many people already started visting so tourism plans should be made


  11. So is that Long Lake MN (as in the little lake 20 minutes northwest of Minneapolis) or Long Lake in the boundary waters of MN?

  12. You should see Ohrid Lake in Macedonia (Republic of). Its one of the oldiest lakes in Europe, with many endemic lifeforms. Ohrid Lake is connected with neibourg Prespa Lake under the mountins with caves.

  13. Crater lake definitely should be on the list. I’d recommend adding Lake Mackenzie on Fraser Island (Australia) as well!

  14. I agree with Jessica, Crater Lake is more gorgeous than some of the lakes above. But again, people may have different tastes. I love these pics though.

  15. I second Lake Titicaca – Peru/Bolivia
    Huge, Beautiful, Shared between 2 countries and it has people that live on it.

  16. Great list. I would add:

    – Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, the world’s largest volcanic crater lake.

    – Lake Balaton in Hungary, the largest lake in Central Europe.

  17. I love water, and even though I do live by the ocean–I’m still a Lake Girl at heart. Growing up in upstate New York-my dad has a house in the Thousand Islands Area on Lake Ontario. This summer I went to one of the lakes posted above: Peyto Lake, Alberta, Canada. This trip was so incredibly spectacular. I had been dreaming of going to Lake Louise for ~8-10 years. I finally made it there-stayed at Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont) and it was simply breath-taking. There is lake after beautiful lake up there in Alberta–esp off the Icefields Parkway: Bow Lake, Peyto Lake–all Glacier fed. Lake Louise and Moraine Lake my fav’s. Hope to hit Crater Lake and Mono Lake this year. Please-keep posting pics! Love it

  18. Thanks for compliling this awesome list. I have yet to travel to any of these but I would highly recommed the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines. The azure waters coupled by the serene surroundings of the active volcano makes it absolutely worth checking out.

  19. Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. That one is more impressive then some of the one’s here, plus that lake in all of the other websites I visited.

  20. I’m surprised that there are no lakes listed from Nepal….!!! Rara and Phewa are amazingly beautiful.

  21. I am amazed with pictures and your choice, still I would change the order if you don’t mind, so for me no1 is Lone Pine Lake, no2 Peyto and no3 Pukuaki :)
    You haven’t put any from Alaska!

  22. I’ve actually been to many of the lakes you listed, including Lone Pine Lake at Whitney Portal. I’m amazed that you haven’t included the most beautiful lake I’ve seen, Crater Lake in Oregon. Also Lake Tahoe. Jim Lettis

  23. A lake worth mentioning is Lago Atitlan in Guatemala. This is a beautiful huge lake surrounded by volcanoes, breathtaking.

  24. Very beautiful but here are a few more for consideration, Lake Louise in Alberta, Kalamalka Lake in British Columbia and Echo Lake in British Columbia

  25. Love lakes. For surely missing Crater Lake from my home state and Lago De Atitlan in Guatemala. two or three volcanos rising from the middle of a huge lake surrounded by the most amazing landscapes… no cars on 99% of the lake takes you back to a better time.

  26. The water is so pure,it’s so beautiful.
    The only thing missing is a rainbow running across the sky above the lakes

  27. all of u must know abouty lake toba in north sumatra , Indonesia… the biggest volcanoes lake… its so pretty and awesome……
    a beauty lake in the world..
    the biggest lake in ASEAN
    visit my province…. north sumatra , Indonesia

  28. I’ve been to it – Sept 09
    Hands down! it’s the Unesco World heritage:
    Five Flowers lake, Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China

  29. Medan, Lake Toba, Indonesia
    Lake (Danau Toba) is the largest volcanic lake in the world and is in Sumatra. Indonesia. Samosir island within the lake is the island within the island of Sumatra.

  30. I would have to add Windermere to this in England´s Lake District. Over 10 miles long and surrounded by the most beautiful scenery.

  31. Have you seen Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche, Argentina????? For sure if you get to know it, you will realize it is one of the most Espectaculars Lakes in the World!!!!!!

  32. the lake that surrounds Moreno Glacier, the biggest ice-wall in the world is missing

  33. OMG……pakala lake in 8th place from india
    i cant believe this..its amazing..its near to our village.
    Am really so happy for that

  34. Where is lake Victoria amongst these lovely lakes.its the mother of all lakes still no wonder.

  35. I was thinking the same thing about Long Lake – hopefully there is another one in Northern MN this is in reference to, not the one in the Minneapolis Suburbs!

  36. Nice n beautiful lakes no doubt. But guess the author yet to see the magnificent sky blue lakes at the other horizon like the
    Namcho Lake at Tibet >=4300M and the world highest Tilicho lake @4920M in Nepal . the Kanas Lake at Northern Xinjiang ,China also very awesome.

  37. best lake to see is Mahodund in swat ahill station in pakistan. unfortunatly i dont have picture

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