The World's Coolest Lakes

  • Cheow Larn Lake, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
  • Windermere, Lake District, U.K.
  • Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Lake Ashinoko Hakone, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan
  • Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine
  • Lake Geneva, Switzerland
  • Lake Titicaca, Peru
"I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore ... I hear it in the deep heart's core." The Lake Isle of Innisfree -- William Butler Yeats

Summer's siren call is the water. For many that means coastal beaches. Others prefer the serenity of a lake. Lakes are more accessible, calmer, more hospitable on a hot summer's day.

Whether it's a spectacular lake in a national park, a deep green mountain lake or nothing much bigger than a glistening pond, a lake provides endless joy. Swim it, fish it, sail it -- or simply sit and stare at it. Lakes refresh and soothe the body and soul.

Need some inspiration on which lake would be worth a visit? Click on any of the images at left to start the slideshow of the world's coolest lakes.

--written by Jodi Thompson