Reflecting & Sustaining Life

The most iconic US lakes may be the Great Lakes, but these important natural resources are found across the country. They are often a signature feature of many national parks, such as Lake Mead or Crater Lake. Whether fresh or saltwater, lakes are typically still basins of water on the land. They are important resources and hydrologic features that provide water to humans, animals, and plants alike. Discover America’s lakes in the national parks and how the National Park Service manages them.

Map of the United States showing all units of the National Park System

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Looking to visit a park? Discover the parks where you can learn more.

Last updated: February 5, 2019