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10 Largest Lakes in the U.S. by Surface Area

The Ten Largest Lakes in the United States Measured by Surface Area

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Steam rises from Lake Michigan, the third largest lake in the United States, as the sun comes up during a sub-zero morning February 5, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.

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The United States is home to thousands of different lakes. Some are in high mountain areas, while others are at low elevations. Each of these lakes also varies in surface area from the very small to the largest, Lake Superior.

The following is a list of the top ten largest lakes by surface area in the United States. Their locations have also been included for reference.

1) Lake Superior
Surface Area: 31,700 square miles (82,103 sq km)
Location: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada

2) Lake Huron
Surface Area: 23,000 square miles (59,570 sq km)
Location: Michigan and Ontario, Canada

3) Lake Michigan
Surface Area: 22,300 square miles (57,757 sq km)
Location: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin

4) Lake Erie
Surface Area: 9,910 square miles (25,666 sq km)
Location: Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada

5) Lake Ontario
Surface Area: 7,340 square miles (19,010 sq km)
Location: New York and Ontario, Canada

6) Great Salt Lake
Surface Area: 2,117 square miles (5,483 sq km)
Location: Utah

7) Lake of the Woods
Surface Area: 1,485 square miles (3,846 sq km)
Location: Minnesota and Manitoba and Ontario, Canada

8) Iliamna Lake
Surface Area: 1,014 square miles (2,626 sq km)
Location: Alaska

9) Lake Oahe
Surface Area: 685 square miles (1,774 sq km)
Location: North Dakota and South Dakota
Note: This is a man-made lake.

10) Lake Okeechobee
Surface Area: 662 square miles (1,714 sq km)
Location: Florida

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