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What are some of the largest lakes in the United States?

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The Great Lakes, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario are the largest lakes in the United States. Other large lakes include the Great Salt Lake and Lake of the Woods.

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The Great Lakes are not only the largest lakes in the United States, but also some of the largest lakes in the world. Lake Superior is located in between the United States and Canada. It is 20,288,000 acres in area and, by volume, is the largest freshwater lake in the world.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are technically one lake but are traditionally classified as two. Again, they are located between America and Canada and share the same elevation, 577 feet above sea level. Lake Huron also has the world's largest lake island, Manitoulin Island.

The Great Salt Lake in Utah is America's largest lake outside of the Great Lakes Region. It is sometimes referred to as "America's Dead Sea" because of its size and high salt content. The Great Salt Lake covers 2,117 square miles of area and is 15,338,693.6 acre-feet in volume. It is the fourth-largest terminal lake in the world.

Lake of the Woods, partially located in Minnesota, contains more than 14,552 islands and has approximately 65,000 miles of shoreline. Outside of the Great Lakes, it is the largest lake in the United States.

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