Across the globe, lakes of all shapes and sizes, with different types of water and wildlife, can be found. Exploring what makes a lake unique can be fascinating, and thinking about how deep some lakes are can be mindboggling. In North America, there are five lakes with depths that are unmatched.
Great Slave Lake
The deepest lake in North America is the Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada. This lake is just about 2,010 feet deep. It is also one of the largest lakes on the planet. The Great Slave Lake is far enough north that, during the winter, the top of the lake freezes in a huge sheet, and an ice road is carved into it.
The second deepest lake in North America is Crater Lake in Oregon. This lake has a maximum depth of 1,949 feet. Crater Lake began forming when an ancient volcano collapsed about 8,000 years ago, leaving behind a deep, bowl-shaped caldera. The caldera filled with water to form the lake. No rivers flow in or out of Crater Lake, and there is no native fish population.
Another of the deepest lakes is Quesnel Lake in British Colombia, Canada. This lake is 1,660 feet deep. Quesnel Lake is considered to be a fjord lake, meaning that it is a narrow lake that was originally carved by a passing glacier many hundreds of years ago. Quesnel Lake is also the source of the majestic Quesnel River.
Lake Tahoe, which sits on the border of Nevada and California, has a maximum depth of about 1,645 feet. This makes it the fourth deepest lake in North America. Lake Tahoe, and the surrounding area, is well known for its beautiful scenery. It is considered one of the best locations for many outdoor activities, including skiing, boating and hiking.
The fifth deepest lake in North America is Adams Lake, which is also in British Colombia, Canada. The true maximum depth of Adams Lake is the source of some disagreement, but it is believed to be about 1,500 feet. Like Lake Tahoe, Adams Lake is considered to be an excellent area for outdoor activities. It also plays a large part in the Canadian forestry business. Log booms are often hauled across the lake by tugboats.