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The World's Coolest Lakes

  • Cheow Lan Lake, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
  • Windermere, Lake District, U.K.
  • Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Lake Ashi, Japan
  • Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine
  • Lake Geneva, Switzerland
  • pictured rocks national lakeshore michigan
  • Lake Titicaca, Peru
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 the body and soul.

Not sure which lake to visit? Click on any of the images at left to start the slideshow of the world's coolest lakes.

--written by Jodi Thompson