Lakes and reservoirs comprise 39.9 million acres in the United States. In honor of Lakes Appreciation Month in July, we set out to find the best recreational lakes in the nation.
Our readers have been voting for their favorite lakes from a pool of 20 nominees for the past four weeks, and now the results are in!
It was a very close race between the winner and runner-up, but in the end it was Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks that won the most reader votes and the title of Best Recreational Lake. This large reservoir from the Osage River offers visitors more than 1,000 miles of shore. It belongs to Missouri’s biggest state park and is a sought-after vacation destination with a wide array of activities, from fishing to shopping to dining to spas.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Recreational Lake are as follows:
- Lake of the Ozarks
- Big Bear Lake
- West Okoboji Lake
- Lake Cumberland
- Lake Tahoe
- Lake Havasu
- Lake Michigan
- Lake Coeur d'Alene
- Flathead Lake
- Lake Powell
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo