Lakes inspire a diverse range of thoughts and feelings including tranquility, quiet contemplation, and fond memories of childhood summers from days long past. With an abundance of lakes throughout the United States, residents from each state can seize the opportunity to bask in the glory of wondrous lakes. For landlocked states such as Tennessee and South Dakota, local lakes are convenient places for residents to enjoy the experience of splashing around and wading in cool, refreshing water. On the other hand, states along the coast like California and South Carolina have the best of both worlds since locals can effortlessly pass the time at serene lakes or sandy beaches that lead out into the vast ocean.

While simply admiring and gazing at the sheer beauty of lakes is a pleasurable pastime, actually jumping in and immersing yourself in a lake is an even more enjoyable activity. Lakes as swimming holes is probably what Mother Nature intended these magnificent bodies of water to be. Moreover, since lakes are usually located in or around state parks, they are the perfect places to head to if you plan to camp overnight or embark on a day trip. So with that said, here is our list of the best lake for swimming in each of the 50 states:


Best Lakes for Swimming

Alabama
Eberhart Point
Fort Payne, AL
Montana
Flathead Lake
Polson, MT
Alaska
Matanuska Lake
Gateway, AK
Nebraska
Lake McConaughy
Ogallala, NE
Arizona
Wet Beaver Creek
Lake Montezuma, AZ
Nevada
Sand Harbor
Las Vegas, NV
Arkansas
Lake Sylvia
Perryville, AR
New Hampshire
Lonesome Lake
Franconia, NH
California
Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, CA
New Jersey
Shepherd Lake
Ringwood, NJ
Colorado
Paradise Cove
Florissant, CO
New Mexico
Elephant Butte Lake
Elephant Butte, NM
Connecticut
Enders Falls
Granby, CT
New York*
Lake George
Lake George, NY
Delaware
Lake Como
Smyrna, DE
North Carolina
Lake Glenville
Cashiers, NC
Florida
Blue Spring
Orange City, FL
North Dakota
Lake Metigoshe
Bottineau, ND
Georgia
Lake Lanier
Gainesville, GA
Ohio
Alum Creek Lake
Lewis Center, OH
Hawaii
Ko’Olina Lagoon
Kapolei, HI
Oklahoma
Broken Bow Lake
Broken Bow, OK
Idaho
Coeur d'Alene Lake
Coeur d'Alene, ID
Oregon
Trillium Lake
Portland, OR
Illinois
Lake Le-Aqua-Na
Lena, IL
Pennsylvania
Gouldsboro Lake
Tobyhanna, PA
Indiana
Monroe Lake
Bloomington, IN
Rhode Island
Spring Lake
Harrisville, RI
Iowa
Lake Red Rock
Knoxville, IA
South Carolina
Lake Murray
Columbia, SC
Kansas
Lake Shawnee
Topeka, KS
South Dakota
Sylvan Lake
East Custer, SD
Kentucky
Kentucky Lake
Murray, KY
Tennessee
Percy Priest Lake
Nashville, TN
Louisiana
Prien Lake
Calcasieu Parish, LA
Texas
Lake Tejas
Colmesneil, TX
Maine
Moosehead Lake
Greenville, ME
Utah
Deer Creek Reservoir
Provo, UT
Maryland
Deep Creek Lake
Swanton, MD
Vermont
Silver Lake
Barnard, VT
Massachusetts
Walden Pond
Concord, MA
Virginia
Claytor Lake
Dublin, VA
Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Empire, MI
Washington
Green Lake
Seattle, WA
Minnesota
Lake Harriet
Minneapolis, MN
West Virginia
Summersville Lake
Summersville, WV
Mississippi
Grenada Lake
Jackson, MS
Wisconsin
Stewart Lake
Mount Horeb, WI
Missouri
Table Rock Lake
Branson, MO
Wyoming
Lake Hattie
Laramie, WY

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