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10 Pristine Clearest Lakes in the World to Mesmerize Your Eyes

By | Last Updated: 17th August 2020

A boat drifting slowly on a lake with crystal clear water offers a picturesque view to drool over. When the transparent water of the lake gives you a peep into the underwater scenario, a true nature lover’s heart always finds content in it. The serenity and tranquility of clearest water bodies have a calming effect on the human mind, and to explore such lakes, read the following list of clearest lakes around the world.

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1. Blue Lake, New Zealand

Blue Lake World's Clearest Lake

Blue Lake The Clearest Lake in the World Blue Lake Clearest Lake in the World

Situated within Nelson Lakes National Park of Tasman, this freshwater lake, adds panache to the country for being the world’s clearest lake. Visible up to 800 meters, its alternative name, “Rotomairewhenua,” is given by Māori people who consider the lake to be too consecrated to use for swimming and other purposes. At an elevation of 1200 meters, this lake always remains cold as its temperature ranges from 5°F-8°F. You can go there either for hiking through lower trails, camping, or fishing. Also, there are helicopter rides, offering an aerial view of this magnificent water body that is nourished by the Lake Constance.

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2. Lake McKenzie, Australia

Lake McKenzie The Clearest Lake in the World

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This perched lake nestles on the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island of Queensland. Titled as the “Jewel of the Fraser Island”, the lake, a part of Great Sandy National Park, has a delicate ecosystem and high acid content, unsuitable for living species to inhabit the water. According to indigenous Butchulla people, this is a transformation of their goddess K’gari, and the lake is her eyes. The scintillating glittery silica of the shore, heart-shaped trees, and the light blue water make an inviting combination for divers. Usage of chemicals and cosmetics can lead to an imbalance of the ecosystem, so tourists should abstain from using them.

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3. Melissani Lake, Greece

Melissani Lake The Clearest Lake in the World

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This quaint lake, passing through a cave of the same name, is known for its astoundingly clean and clear water. Located in Kefalonia, the lake is believed to be a den of nymphs according to Greek mythology. The preferable time to visit it is during sunny days, as the reflection of the sun on the sea-green water creates a dazzling effect on all. You can see the rock-covered bottom of the lake from your boat while listening to the stories related to it.

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4. Flathead Lake, U.S.A

Flathead Lake Clearest Lakes in the World

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This freshwater lake in Montana happens to be the largest and one of the cleanest of its kind in western U.S.A if measured by its surface area. Fishes like yellow perch, trout, whitefish, northern pikeminnow, sturgeon, and northern pike find this lake their home. The nearby shoreline adorned with trees makes the space perfect for picnicking, while the lake offers you an opportunity for sailing, fishing, swimming, waterskiing, powerboating, and so on.

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5. Lake Baikal, Russia

Lake Baikal World's Clearest Lake

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This one holds the title of being the deepest and clearest lake in the world at the same time. Tourists enjoy walking on the clear lake when it freezes, and the underwater sea life and emerald green stones become visible to the naked eyes. The ice could bear up to 15 tons at a time, so small cars and similar vehicles can go there. However, this is safe until April. Cracks in ice are a common thing that allows oxygen to go into the depth where sea life sustains.

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6. Crater Lake, U.S.A

Crater Lake Clearest Lakes in the World

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The famous Crater Lake National Park of Oregon, blessed with this caldera lake, is a famous tourist attraction because of its spotless blue water that is solely fed by rain. The volcano, namely, Mount Mazama, collapsed and subsequently formed this lake around 7,700 years ago. Presently, the lake features the famous “Old Man of the Lake” that is a tree stump, placed vertically for no less than 100 years.

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7. Lake Tahoe, U.S.A

Lake Tahoe The Clearest Lake in the World

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In the pleasant location of Sierra Nevada, this freshwater lake earns its reputation for being a reservoir of clear water, allowing you to see underwater things. Located 1,897 meters above sea level, this alpine lake becomes a hotspot for adventure lovers who indulge in kayaking, paddle boating, parasailing, and scuba diving. So, plan a tour to witness the bluish-green water of the lake and enjoy winter activities like skiing, snow tubing, and so on in the adjacent area.

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8. Five-Flower Lake, China

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Being a part of the Minshan mountain range, the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve features the five flower lake or Wuhua Hai, a shallow lake displaying multiple shades of water. Because of hydrophytes and calcium carbonates, the water showcases such colors as green, azure blue, yellow, and so on. The bottom of the lake is full of old tree trunks. According to local people, this holy lake is nothing but pieces of a mirror that fell down from the hands of a goddess.

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9. Torch Lake, U.S.A

Torch Lake The Clearest Lake in the World

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Formally known as “Torch Light Lake,” this is the longest inland lake in Michigan and also a home to several types of fishes like whitefish, rock bass, steelhead, Atlantic salmon, and many more. Presently, the clear and tranquil water is a popular hub for diving, canoeing, and much more. With more than 1800 acres of surface area, this lake has an incredible shoreline where people spend time in food joints while enjoying the view of the lake.

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10. Lake Mashū, Japan

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Lake Mashū The Clearest Lake in the World Lake Mashū Clearest Lakes in the World

Japan has its share of nature’s splendor as well in the form of this lake, which is on Hokkaido Island. This crater lake is iconic because of its clarity of the water. According to the Ainu people, this was initially named as the Lake of the Devil. It is one of the most mentionable cleanest lakes in the whole world and also a heritage site, easily accessible for tourists.

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For all those busy bees, having a soul of a globetrotter, now you know which way to go as the cleanest lakes are all around the world. These are only ten of them, but there are more, visit them and enjoy nature.

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