The most picturesque lakes in North America are ranked, with Lake Tahoe taking the top spot  

Key Highlights

According to Instagram, these are the most PICTURESQUE lakes 

• Lake Tahoe takes first place, with over three million posts. 

• Lake Michigan and Lake Superior rank second and third, with over 2.8 million and 1.1 million posts, respectively. 

• Analysis of Instagram hashtag data reveals the most picturesque lakes in North America. 

2024 Ranking of The Most Picturesque Lakes in North America

A new study has revealed the most picturesque lakes in North America. 

The study, by vacation rental platform Lake.com, analyzed Instagram posts containing hashtags relating to each lake for every major lake in North America to determine the most picturesque ones. 

In first place is Lake Tahoe. Straddling the border between California and Nevada, this freshwater lake has accumulated 3,053,173 Instagram posts featuring the #LakeTahoe hashtag. Lake Tahoe was found to have the most posts of any lake contained solely within America and any lake throughout North America. 

In second place is Lake Michigan. Spread across Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, this great lake is the third largest of the great lakes, behind Lake Superior and Lake Huron. In total, Lake Michigan has 2,831,512 posts featuring the #LakeMichigan hashtag on Instagram. 

Lake Superior is third on the list, with 1,187,896 Instagram posts featuring the #LakeSuperior hashtag. Straddling the US-Canada border and touching the coasts of Ontario, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, Lake Superior is also notably the largest freshwater lake in North America and the entire world by surface area. 

In fourth place is Lake Ontario, the smallest of the great lakes in terms of area. It spans the US-Canada border with Ontario to the north and New York to the south. Lake Ontario was found to have 1,025,574 posts containing the #LakeOntario hashtag on Instagram. 

Fifth place goes to Lake Erie. Situated on the border between Canada and America, Lake Erie was found to have 1,011,490 posts on Instagram containing the #LakeErie hashtag. 

The remainder of the top ten features Lake Norman in sixth place with 678,983 posts and Lake George in seventh with 626,647 posts

Eighth place goes to Lake Geneva with 590,672 posts, while Lake Havasu ranks ninth with 587,434 posts. 

Lake Huron, which was found to have 574,347 posts, is ranked the list in tenth place. 

Interestingly, Lake Fork, Texas, had the fewest hashtag posts in the United States, at just 105. 

The top ten lakes with the most Instagram hashtag posts 

Rank Lake Hashtag No. of hashtagged Instagram posts 
1. Lake Tahoe #LakeTahoe 3,053,172 
2. Lake Michigan #LakeMichigan 2,831,512 
3. Lake Superior #LakeSuperior 1,187,896 
4. Lake Ontario #LakeOntario 1,025,574 
5. Lake Erie #LakeErie 1,011,490 
6. Lake Norman #LakeNorman 678,983 
7. Lake George #LakeGeorge 626,647 
8. Lake Geneva #LakeGeneva 590,673 
9. Lake Havasu #LakeHavasu 587,434 
10. Lake Huron #LakeHuron 574,347 

David Ciccarelli, CEO of Lake.com, commented on the findings, saying: 

“The data reveal some fascinating insights into the continent’s natural beauty. It’s remarkable to see how social media platforms like Instagram can showcase the captivating allure of these lakes, drawing attention from people far and wide.” 

“These findings underscore the profound impact of these scenic spots, not only on local communities but also on a global scale, as they inspire countless individuals to explore and appreciate the wonders of nature.” 

The Methodology and Full Data Set

Our Methodology

Data was collected on the number of posts featuring the hashtag of each respective lake on Instagram, e.g., #LakeTahoe, #LakeMichigan, #Lake Superior, etc., with lakes ranked by the total number of posts found containing each lake.  “Lake” had to be in the hashtag, as other popular tourist destinations near or on lakes, such as Muskoka, which is a region of the Ozarks, another region, were by definition excluded.

Full Data Set of Most Picturesque Lakes by Instagram Hashtags

Below is a table of extended results: 

Rank Lake Hashtag No. of Hashtagged Instagram Posts 
1. Lake Tahoe #LakeTahoe 3,053,172 
2. Lake Michigan #LakeMichigan 2,831,512 
3. Lake Superior #LakeSuperior 1,187,896 
4. Lake Ontario #LakeOntario 1,025,574 
5. Lake Erie #LakeErie 1,011,490 
6. Lake Norman #LakeNorman 678,983 
7. Lake George #LakeGeorge 626,647 
8. Lake Geneva #LakeGeneva 590,673 
9. Lake Havasu #LakeHavasu 587,434 
10. Lake Huron #LakeHuron 574,347 
11. Lake Powell #LakePowell 463,919 
12. Lake Travis #LakeTravis 364,995 
13. Lake of the Ozarks #LakeoftheOzarks 355,529 
14. Lake Champlain #LakeChamplain 328,671 
15. Lake Lanier #LakeLanier 258,368 
16. Lake Mead #LakeMead 254,577 
17. Lake Washington #LakeWashington 224,807 
18. Lake Simcoe #LakeSimcoe 190,239 
19. Lake Minnetonka #LakeMinnetonka 187,974 
20. Lake Winnipesaukee #LakeWinnipesaukee 171,603 
21. Lake Murray #LakeMurray 162,037 
22. Lake of the Woods #LakeoftheWoods 156,152 
23. Grand Lake #GrandLake 145,702 
24. Lake Wylie #LakeWylie 143,078 
25. Lake St. Clair #LakeSt.Clair 135,985 
26. Lake Martin #LakeMartin 134,398 
27. Lake Conroe #LakeConroe 125,510 
28. Great Salt Lake #GreatSaltLake 122,423 
29. Lake Cumberland #LakeCumberland 109,557 
30. Lake Hartwell #LakeHartwell 107,979 
31. Lake Pleasant #LakePleasant 99,930 
32. Lake of Bays #LakeofBays 94,688 
33. Lake Muskoka #LakeMuskoka 84,959 
34. Lake Minnewanka #LakeMinnewanka 82,450 
35. Lake Keowee #LakeKeowee 78,326 
36. Lake Wallenpaupack #LakeWallenpaupack 77,369 
37. Lake Anna #LakeAnna 76,018 
38. Lake Rosseau #LakeRosseau 74,717 
39. Lake Texoma #LakeTexoma 72,968 
40. Kootenay Lake #KootenayLake 60,716 
41. Lake Winnipeg #LakeWinnipeg 56,380 
42. Lake Berryessa #LakeBerryessa 54,345 
43. Otter Lake #OtterLake 53,927 
44. Lake Guntersville #LakeGuntersville 51,216 
45. Lake Okeechobee #LakeOkeechobee 49,106 
46. Red Lake #RedLake 48,727 
47. Lake Lewisville #LakeLewisville 47,970 
48. Moosehead Lake #MooseheadLake 45,326 
49. Pigeon Lake #PigeonLake 44,204 
50. Lake Cowichan #LakeCowichan 43,028 
51. Lake Pontchartrain #LakePontchartrain 42,347 
52. Lake Joseph #LakeJoseph 40,600 
53. Lake Allatoona #LakeAllatoona 38,535 
54. Lake Monroe #LakeMonroe 35,942 
55. Lake Coeur d’Alene #LakeCoeurd’Alene 34,802 
56. Lake Eufaula #LakeEufaula 33,914 
57. Lac la Biche #LaclaBiche 33,408 
58. Lake Okanagan #LakeOkanagan 33,189 
59. Lake Nipissing #LakeNipissing 32,380 
60. Rainy Lake #RainyLake 26,492 
61. Lake Nacimiento #LakeNacimiento 24,738 
62. Lac Saint-Jean #LacSaint-Jean 24,175 
63. Cameron Lake #CameronLake 19,513 
64. Lake Barkley #LakeBarkley 19,049 
65. Great Slave Lake #GreatSlaveLake 17,527 
66. Lake Granbury #LakeGranbury 16,994 
67. Lake Marion #LakeMarion 16,855 
68. Lake McConaughy #LakeMcConaughy 14,583 
69. Saint John River #SaintJohnRiver 14,211 
70. Lake Helen #LakeHelen 13,915 
71. Mille Lacs Lake #MilleLacsLake 10,720 
72. Lake Sakakawea #LakeSakakawea 10,639 
73. Lake Manitoba #LakeManitoba 10,455 
74. Lake Seminole #LakeSeminole 10,131 
75. Lake Diefenbaker #LakeDiefenbaker 8,491 
76. Seton Lake #SetonLake 5,881 
77. Lesser Slave Lake #LesserSlaveLake 5,782 
78. Lake Temagami #LakeTemagami 5,754 
79. Lake Memphremagog #LakeMemphremagog 5,608 
80. Jackfish Lake #JackfishLake 5,571 
81. Caddy Lake #CaddyLake 4,675 
82. Shoal Lake #ShoalLake 3,585 
83. Lac des Deux Montagnes #LacdesDeuxMontagnes 3,503 
84. Lake Nipigon #LakeNipigon 2,870 
85. Lake Meredith #LakeMeredith 2,866 
86. Lake of the Prairies #LakeofthePrairies 2,753 
87. Lake Gogebic #LakeGogebic 2,741 
88. Lake Newell #LakeNewell 2,520 
89. Lac la Ronge #LaclaRonge 2,438 
90. Reindeer Lake #ReindeerLake 2,222 
91. Great Bear Lake #GreatBearLake 2,182 
92. Quesnel Lake #QuesnelLake 2,137 
93. Williston Lake #WillistonLake 2,135 
94. Loughborough Lake #LoughboroughLake 1,909 
95. Lake Athabasca #LakeAthabasca 1,896 
96. Lake Kipawa #LakeKipawa 1,705 
97. Gander Lake #GanderLake 1,534 
98. Wollaston Lake #WollastonLake 1,487 
99. Lake Magog #LakeMagog 1,415 
100. Atlin Lake #AtlinLake 1,354 
101. Lake Athapapuskow #LakeAthapapuskow 1,281 
102. Lake Utopia #LakeUtopia 1,264 
103. Lake Laberge #LakeLaberge 1,239 
104. Big Whiteshell Lake #BigWhiteshellLake 987 
105. Lac Vieux Desert #LacVieuxDesert 984 
106. Lac Saint-François #LacSaint-François 452 
107. Wapizagonke Lake #WapizagonkeLake 428 
108. Algonquin Lake #AlgonquinLake 423 
109. Lake Melville #LakeMelville 386 
110. Clearwater Lakes #ClearwaterLakes 383 
111. Quirpon Island #QuirponIsland 374 
112. Lake Timiskaming #LakeTimiskaming 309 
113. Little Manitou Lake #LittleManitouLake 309 
114. Lac Dufault #LacDufault 218 
115. Lake Winnipegosis #LakeWinnipegosis 217 
116. Lake Ramsay #LakeRamsay 205 
117. Burntwood River #BurntwoodRiver 195 
118. Lac des Îles #LacdesÎles 183 
119. Lake Despair #LakeDespair 138 
120. Lake Waskesiu #LakeWaskesiu 138 
121. Lake Ouareau #LakeOuareau 125 
122. Lake Abitibi #LakeAbitibi 121 
123. Athabasca Lake #AthabascaLake 119 
124. Lake Fork Reservoir #LakeForkReservoir 105 
125. Lake Saint-Jean #LakeSaint-Jean 72 
126. Lac Mistassini #LacMistassini 66 
127. Lake Saint Pierre #LakeSaintPierre 25 
128. Lac Île-à-la-Crosse #LacÎle-à-la-Crosse 
129. Lake Gogama #LakeGogama 
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