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View Poll Results: Which one is the best?
Crater Lake 8 28.57%
Lake Tahoe 13 46.43%
Lake Chelan 7 25.00%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-03-2017, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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The three deepest lakes in the US are Crater Lakein OR, Lake Tahoe in CA, andLake Chelan in WA. The fourth would be Lake Superior but it's way larger then the other three and it's also shared with Canada so I decided to keep it out. So which of the top three do you like the best? Which one would you want to visit the most?

Here are some criteria you can judge the lakes by:

Views
Scenery
Activities
Weather
Cities/Towns
Wilderness
Biodiversity
Wildlife
Accessibility
Exploration
etc.

Some people might prefer the serenity of Crater Lake, whereas some people might consider that boring and would rather go to Lake Tahoe for all the activities available there or perhaps go on a very long boat/ferry ride on the 50 mile long Lake Chelan.

Crater Lake
Max Depth: 1,949 ft
Surface Area: 20.6 sq mi
Shore Length: 21.8 mi
Photos

Lake Tahoe
Max Depth: 1,645 ft
Surface Area: 191 sq mi
Shore Length: 71 mi
Photos

Lake Chelan
Max Depth: 1,486 ft
Surface area: 52.1 sq mi
Shore Length: 109.2 mi
Photos

I'm going to predict that most people are going to vote Lake Tahoe but I wonder how many people will vote for the other two.
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:14 PM
 
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I voted Crater Lake because I am a volcano junkie.I have not been yet but I have always wanted to go.
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:58 PM
 
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I voted Lake Chelan Because it Is so different from One end to the other. But I would have voted for Lake Pend Oreille if it was on your list.

Lake Pend Oreille
Depth-1,150
Suface area-148 sq miles
Shore line- 111 miles
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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I voted Lake Chelan Because it Is so different from One end to the other. But I would have voted for Lake Pend Oreille if it was on your list.

Lake Pend Oreille
Depth-1,150
Suface area-148 sq miles
Shore line- 111 miles
Oh, I didn't even realize that Lake Pend Oreille was that deep, I wonder how many lakes are there in the US deeper that 1,000 ft?
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Old 02-03-2017, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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I voted Lake Chelan Because it Is so different from One end to the other. But I would have voted for Lake Pend Oreille if it was on your list.

Lake Pend Oreille
Depth-1,150
Suface area-148 sq miles
Shore line- 111 miles
That is one of the reasons why I want to vote for Lake Chelan because it offers more diversity, in the south you have a small town and vineyards set in a semi arid location with large hills surrounding the Lake and in the north you have camp grounds/villages dotting the shore only assessable by boat in the midst of the huge north cascade mountains surrounded by forest. I also like how remote the northern part is and how assessable the southern part is. It's like the perfect balance between Crater Lake and Lake Tahoe. I feel like Lake Tahoe is a much more crowded place in the summer than Lake Chelan and from what I hear Crater Lake is pretty boring after the first 10 minutes. One thing that Lake Tahoe has going for it is it's immense size but then again Lake Chelan has a longer shoreline.
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Old 02-03-2017, 06:09 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Crater Lake for the photo op and hiking, Lake Tahoe for a fun vacation.
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Old 02-03-2017, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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The Maelstrom Swamp, one of those fabled bottomless sesspools...
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I've decided to include Lake Superior for it's vast greatness and its ability to stomp the living beejesus out of those other 3 girly lakes...Lake Superior
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:58 AM
 
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I haven't been to Lake Tahoe, but the development around some parts of it turn me off.

I have hiked down to Crater Lake, and it is beautiful indeed. But the prohibition on kayaking there makes me choose Lake Chelan, which is beautiful, allows boating, yet isn't overrun with hordes of people.
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