What Are Some of the Deepest Lakes in the United States?

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Some of the deepest lakes in the United States are Crater Lake, Lake Tahoe, Lake Chelan, Lake Superior and Lake Pend Oreille. The depth of these lakes ranges from 1943 feet to 1152 feet.

Crater Lake in Oregon reaches a depth of 1943 feet and sits about 100 miles from the ocean. This lake is the showpiece of the Crater Lake National Park. Straddling California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is 1645 feet deep. In 1960, the lake and surrounding area hosted the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics. The lake makes its home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

With a depth of 1486, Lake Chelan takes the honor of being the third deepest lake, and the name is a Salish Native American word for “deep notch.” Located in Washington State, this river runs more than 50 miles, but the width is around one mile. Lake Superior’s depth is 1332 feet and spans three states and enters Canada. By surface area, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world.

Set in a glacier valley in Idaho is Lake Pend Oreille, with a depth of 1152 feet. Mountains that reach altitudes of 6000 feet surround this lake. This lake is one of the deepest and widest lakes in the Midwest.