The United States is the second largest country in America and one of the largest in the world, its territory is characterized by the diversity of natural resources present in, being one of the resources that greater water stands out due to the presence of large rivers and extens You Lakes mostly in the North near the border with Canada.

Speaking of Lakes of the United States, it is essential to appoint the so-called “Great Lakes” or “closed sea” these are a set of 5 lakes which cover an area of 245000 km2, surface which is similar to the territory of the United Kingdom, the Great Lakes they contain the greater amount of fresh water in the world with 21% of the world total.

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The Great Lakes were formed due to the last glaciation 10000 years ago product of the thaw, which melt water is accumulated forming bodies of water that is now known. This source of water is the Habitat of a large number of aquatic species and at the same time serves as pantry to get food and quench the thirst of other species that live in the Riviera.

In addition to the 5 Great Lakes, there are the country a lot of small and medium-sized bodies of water which have been a source of life for the populations settled in the nearby territories. Below is a list of Corps Lakes and most important lakes of the United States.

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NAME STATES AREA TYPE
Lake Superior Michigan-Minnesota-Wisconsin-Ontario 82,103 km2 natural
Lake Huron Michigan-Ontario 59,570 km2 natural
Lake Michigan Illinois-Indiana-Michigan-Wisconsin 57,757 km2 natural
Lake Erie Michigan-New York-Ohio-Ontario-Pennsylvania 25,667 km2 natural
Lake Ontario New York-Ontario 19,011 km2 natural
Great Salt Lake Utah 5,483 km2 natural
Lake of the Woods Manitoba-Minnesota-Ontario 4,349 km2 natural
Iliamna Lake Alaska 2,626 km2 natural
Lake Oahe North Dakota-South Dakota 1,774 km2 man-made
Lake Okeechobee Florida 1,715 km2 natural
Lake Pontchartrain Louisiana 1,634 km2 natural
Lake Sakakawea North Dakota 1,347 km2 man-made
Lake Champlain New York-Vermont-Quebec 1,269 km2 natural
Becharof Lake Alaska 1,173 km2 natural
Lake St. Clair Michigan – Ontario 1,140 km2 natural
Red Lake Minnesota 1,106 km2 natural
Selawik Lake Alaska 1,046 km2 natural
Fort Peck Lake Montana 1,018 km2 man-made
Salton Sea California 899 km2 man-made
Rainy Lake Minnesota-Ontario 894 km2 natural
Devils Lake North Dakota 777 km2 natural
Toledo Bend Reservoir Louisiana-Texas 736 km2 man-made
Lake Powell Arizona-Utah 650 km2 man-made
Kentucky Lake Kentucky-Tennessee 647 km2 man-made
Lake Mead Arizona-Nevada 640 km2 man-made
Naknek Lake Alaska 627 km2 natural
Lake Winnebago Wisconsin 557 km2 natural
Mille Lacs Lake Minnesota 536 km2 natural
Flathead Lake Montana 497 km2 natural
Lake Tahoe California-Nevada 495 km2 natural
Pyramid Lake Nevada 474 km2 natural
Sam Rayburn Reservoir Texas 464 km2 man-made
Eufaula Lake Oklahoma 438 km2 man-made
Lake Marion South Carolina 427 km2 man-made
Leech Lake Minnesota 417 km2 natural
Utah Lake Utah 391 km2 natural
Lake Francis Case South Dakota 386 km2 man-made
Lake Pend Oreille Idaho 383 km2 natural
Lake Texoma Oklahoma-Texas 360 km2 man-made
Yellowstone Lake Wyoming 352 km2 natural
Falcon Lake Tamaulipas-Texas 339 km2 natural
Lake Livingston Texas 337 km2 man-made
Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake Washington 332 km2 man-made
Lake Clark Alaska 311 km2 natural
Moosehead Lake Maine 303 km2 natural
Lake Strom Thurmond Georgia-South Carolina 287 km2 man-made
Bear Lake Idaho-Utah 282 km2 natural
Lake Guntersville Alabama 280 km2 man-made
Lake St. Francis New York-Ontario-Quebec 272 km2 man-made
Wheeler Lake Alabama 272 km2 man-made
Amistad Lake Coahuila-Texas 264 km2 man-made
Klamath Lake Oregon 249 km2 natural
Lake Moultrie South Carolina 243 km2 man-made
Lake Winnibigoshish Minnesota 236 km2 natural
Lake Barkley Kentucky-Tennessee 236 km2 man-made
Lake Sharpe South Dakota 231 km2 man-made
American Falls Reservoir Idaho 228 km2 man-made
Lake Hartwell Georgia-South Carolina 225 km2 man-made
Truman Reservoir Missouri 225 km2 man-made
Lake of the Ozarks Missouri 223 km2 man-made
Oneida Lake New York 207 km2 natural
Lake Cumberland Kentucky 205 km2 man-made
Kerr Lake North Carolina-Virginia 202 km2 man-made
Calcasieu Lake Louisiana 199 km2 natural
Lake Murray South Carolina 194 km2 man-made
Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees Oklahoma 189 km2 man-made
Lake Koocanusa British Columbia–Montana 189 km2 man-made
Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire 184 km2 natural
Bull Shoals Lake Arkansas-Missouri 184 km2 man-made
Walter F. George Lake Alabama-Georgia 184 km2 man-made
Lake Martin Alabama 179 km2 man-made
Clear Lake California 176 km2 natural
Robert S. Kerr Lake Oklahoma 176 km2 man-made
Seneca Lake New York 176 km2 natural
Pickwick Lake Alabama-Mississippi-Tennessee 174 km2 man-made
Table Rock Lake Arkansas-Missouri 174 km2 man-made
Cayuga Lake New York 174 km2 natural
Flaming Gorge Reservoir Utah-Wyoming 171 km2 man-made
Lake Vermilion Minnesota 163 km2 natural
Lake Ouachita Arkansas 163 km2 man-made
Lake Mattamuskeet North Carolina 163 km2 natural
Watts Bar Lake Tennessee 158 km2 man-made
Lake Wallula Oregon-Washington 158 km2 man-made
Lake Lanier Georgia 153 km2 man-made
Lake Seminole Florida-Georgia 150 km2 man-made
Lake Tawakoni Texas 148 km2 man-made
Elephant Butte Lake New Mexico 148 km2 man-made
Chickamauga Lake Tennessee 148 km2 man-made
Grenada Lake Mississippi 142 km2 man-made
Lake Kissimmee Florida 142 km2 natural
Lake Dardanelle Arkansas 140 km2 man-made
Norris Lake Tennessee 137 km2 man-made
Canyon Ferry Lake Montana 137 km2 man-made
Lake Chelan Washington 135 km2 natural
Cedar Creek Lake Texas 132 km2 man-made
Lake Norman North Carolina 132 km2 man-made
Sardis Lake Mississippi 132 km2 man-made
Walker Lake (Nevada) Nevada 129 km2 natural
Lake McConaughy Nebraska 145 km2 man-made
Lake George New York 145 km2 natural