Top 10 lakes in the US

May 15, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Summer is quickly approaching, which means it's time to start thinking about fun at the lake. With so many amazing lakes across the US, it can be tough to choose from all of the great options, so we've done some homework for you. You can't go wrong with these 10 great lakes.

Crater Lake

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Crater Lake

At 1,943 feet deep, Oregon’s Crater Lake (above) is the deepest lake in the US and one of the 10 deepest in the world. Clean and incredibly blue, Crater Lake boasts scenic beauty, with sheer cliffs and two gorgeous islands.

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Great Pond

The largest in the chain of Belgrade Lakes in central Maine, Great Pond offers 8,000 acres of crystal-clear water, great fishing and quaint vacation cottages. Great Pond served as the inspiration for On Golden Pond, the play-turned-motion picture by American playwright Ernest Thompson, who spent his childhood summers on Great Pond.

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