The Most Unique and Bizarre Lakes From Around the World

Let’s explore the world’s most unusual and extraordinary lakes.

As we have learned from school, a lake is a considerable inland body of water or natural enclosed basin serving to drain the surrounding country.

Getting bored of the ordinary? Well, here’s a list of extraordinary lakes and unique lakes that will surely amaze you. Come on, join me and have some fun in discovering these unusual creations of nature. Let’s find out why these lakes are considered unique and/or bizarre.

La Brea Pitch Lake: Trinidad & Tobago

The first on our list is truly a bizarre lake. Based on the meaning of lake, it implies that a lake is a – body of water but the La Brea Pitch Lake is a lake of natural asphalt. It is in southwest Trinidad. It has fascinated explorers, scientists and the common folk since its discovery by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595. The lake covers about 500 sq. m and is reported to be 75 m deep. The Pitch Lake attracts about 20,000 visitors annually. It is also mined for asphalt which is exported for high-quality road construction. Pitch is an old fashioned name for tar.

Boiling Lake: Dominica

As the name of this lake suggests, it is surely quite a bizarre lake. The Boiling Lake is situated in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica. It’s the country’s World Heritage site. It is a flooded fumarole, or hole in the earth’s surface, 10.5 km east of Roseau, Dominica. It is filled with bubbling grayish-blue water that is usually enveloped in a cloud of vapor. The lake is approximately 60 m or 200 ft across. So it contains water but the only difference is – they’re boiling. That’s kind of weird.

They measured the water temperature and found it to range from 180 to 197 degrees Fahrenheit (82 to 91.5 degrees Celsius) along the edges, but could not measure the temperature at the center where the lake is actively boiling. They recorded the depth to be greater than 195 ft (59 m).

Crater Lake: United States of America

One of the most interesting features of this lake that makes it unique among others is that- it has the clearest water than any lake in the world. It is in Oregon, USA. It is located in the caldera of Mount Mazama, hence the name “Crater Lake.” It is the deepest lake in the United States with a depth of 594 m (1,949 ft). Crater Lake is fed solely by falling rain and snow, with no inflow or outflow at the surface.

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58 Responses to “The Most Unique and Bizarre Lakes From Around the World”
  1. Hein Marais Says...

    On August 8, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Another great Article.


  2. roberto sardelli Says...

    On August 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    well done Buddy, excellent article


  3. Unofre Pili Says...

    On August 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Us usual informative article bro. Thank you.


  4. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On August 8, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Who know we had all these strange lakes? I like to learn new things.


  5. Alexa Gates Says...

    On August 8, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    wow…i never knew t here were so many!


  6. Liane Schmidt Says...

    On August 9, 2008 at 2:04 am

    You really come up with some of the most fascinating collection of articles. This is absolutely amazing… I never knew such rivers existed!

    Best wishes.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.


  7. Josey Says...

    On August 9, 2008 at 5:05 am

    You help me learn new things every day! Nicely done.


  8. tracy sardelli Says...

    On August 9, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Excellent article, thank you.


  9. claris Says...

    On August 9, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    informative one


  10. The Quail Says...

    On August 9, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Awesome article very interesting also educational. Well done nobert soloria bermosa.


  11. s hayes Says...

    On August 10, 2008 at 8:27 am

    Wonderful article


  12. Loreta Dorington Says...

    On August 13, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I wonder why God made the boiling lake. It reminds me of the lake of fire mentioned in Revelation 20:15 which says “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Anyway, thanks for the great tour.


  13. eddiego65 Says...

    On August 14, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Great work. And very beautiful pics.


  14. Terry Hunter Says...

    On August 14, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Brea Pitch Lake in Trinidat Tobago was ‘discovered’ by Sir Walter Raleigh? Is that because all the local native people had been killed off, and there was no one else around who had known and used the lake for hundreds and hundreds of years?


  15. Juliane Elliott Says...

    On August 15, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Hey Norbert! :)
    This is interesting and take care.


  16. Karen N Says...

    On August 16, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Good article, I really enjoyed all the pictures.


  17. Nikhilnair93 Says...

    On August 16, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    excellent article, very beneficial. And very nice choice of pictures, especially of the crater lake.


  18. Dr. Donald B. MacGowan Says...

    On August 25, 2008 at 2:55 am

    ^ahem*

    You might want to add to your list Hawaii’s Lake Wai’au on the Big Island near the summit of Mana Kea…it is weird and unique for a number of reasons, none the least of which is that it one of the highest lakes in the world, it sits on an active volcano, it is footed in permafrost and it is the ONLY natural lake on the entire island.

    It also is the hihgest known body of water to ever have been snorkeled.

    By (kaff, kaff) yours truly.


  19. ben Says...

    On August 25, 2008 at 3:23 am

    hell yeah crater lake!
    I live in oregon and have gone snowshooing around that lake multiple times its really a gorgeous lake.
    another weird fact about it is that there is a log that floats completely upright around the lake, and has been doing so for many years.


  20. R.B. Parsley Says...

    On August 25, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Nobert,
    You’ve outdone yourself on this one.The one that got my attention was the boiling lake, for the same reason as Loreta Dorington.Could this be the actual lake of fire in the Bible?… hmmmmmm, Something to think about. Great article. Its easy to tell you have a very good eye for beauty. You’re doing a hell of a job!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work buddy.

    Randy


  21. Karen N Says...

    On August 28, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Very well done, the lakes are beautiful!


  22. Nick Howes Says...

    On August 29, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Very excellent article, great photos to illustrate. I enjoyhed it immensely.


  23. Green Face Says...

    On August 31, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Where is the Dal Lake in Kashmir???? or loch lomond in scotland?


  24. frodo Says...

    On August 31, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Guys,

    Can’t you tell it’s all ’shopped? The pixels are all wrong – there are too many of them! This stuff doesn’t actually exist.


  25. G.Witt Says...

    On August 31, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Great article and educational


  26. penny golding Says...

    On September 1, 2008 at 10:37 am

    very interesting to say the least..just loved it!


  27. Juancav Says...

    On September 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Amazing lakes,a must know them


  28. Joshua Miguel Says...

    On September 1, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    this article is so educational. tnx for sharing.


  29. mae Says...

    On September 1, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Great article. Interesting facts. Nice pix too! Thanks!


  30. Jay Says...

    On September 2, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I still have pieces of the salt from my hot air ballooning adventure in Tunisia a few years ago.


  31. Carol C. Says...

    On September 2, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    I’m really glad I stumbled upon this. Hope to see more. Thanks.


  32. Donald Barr Says...

    On September 3, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Well done. A very interesting article.


  33. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On September 3, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Thanks for bringing us such excellent article!


  34. The Non-Returner Says...

    On September 3, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Another A+ Article nobert!


  35. John Says...

    On September 3, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I enjoyed the information but one small point, something cannot be “most unique”..it is unique or it is not unique, you cannot describe is any further.


  36. Tina Says...

    On September 4, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Great article!


  37. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On September 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Fantastic article Norbert. Beautiful one of a kind lakes.


  38. Carmen Abercrombie Says...

    On September 4, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I just had the most interesting lessons in the lakes of the world. It was so fascinating and beautiful, I felt transported to each of the lake’s sites. Thanks for sharing.


  39. Britt Says...

    On September 4, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    What about Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee…

    popular history says that the lake was formed when the region subsided after the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811–1812, and that the Mississippi River flowed backward for 10-24 hours to fill it. The observations of the few persons in the region at time confirm that something serious occurred in the Reelfoot area in conjunction with the earthquakes, and that it undoubtedly resulted in major changes in the landforms of the area (which are very changeable at any rate, as the area is comprised primarily of glacial loess).


  40. Sergey Says...

    On September 4, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks for a good article, but… Not a single word about Baikal (Russia) – the deepest lake in the world, and the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Baikal ). I think, this is a big omission.


  41. Totnesmartin Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Loch Ness is also bizarre for being deeper than the seas surrounding it.

    Lake Balkhash in Kazakhstan is fresh at one end, salty at the other.

    Lake Mertzbaher regularly empties itself, despite having no obvious outlet.

    Lake Nyos in Cameroon erupted masses of carbon dioxide in the 1980s, killing hundreds.

    The Salton Sea in California was created by accident.


  42. legend Says...

    On September 5, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Nice work bro.


  43. Ninja Sperm Says...

    On September 7, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    “Most Unique”? You may want to check on your style and edit your words carefully. “Most Unique” is a big no no. In the comparison of absolutes, you cannot go beyond uniqueness. To say “more unique” or “most unique” is redundant. When a thing is “unique”, it already stands out from the rest.


  44. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On September 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I enjoyed this article so much. I absolutely love to view bodies of water and you had some breathtaking ones here.

    Thanks for sharing. Take care & God bless.


  45. Dragan Says...

    On September 8, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    And what about the second oldest lake in the world?The Ohrid Lake in Macedonia.It is very unique.One of the deepest, clearest lakes in the world.And home to a lot of endemic species of flora and fauna.Check on Wikipedia.


  46. Julia Says...

    On September 9, 2008 at 8:18 am

    English, anyone?


  47. bhavna nair Says...

    On September 9, 2008 at 9:21 am

    great article loved it


  48. Mary Contrary Says...

    On September 9, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Holy Cow people, it was a great article attempt on it’s own. Quit whining about what it was or wasn’t, or what was left out! Who in here is perfect??? Hello, anyone??? Bueller? Anyone?? Be nice people, we are all doing our best. Thank you John #23 for being positive with your critique! That’s the best way to be beneficial.


  49. thestickman Says...

    On September 9, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Very neat! I like the salt lakes like The Dead Sea, etc. Great article.


  50. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On September 11, 2008 at 4:21 am

    thank you very much to all of you guys,


  51. Denny Lyon Says...

    On September 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    I just knew there was something oh so familiar about that alien landscape for the movie Star Wars… thanks for an interesting romp thru the landscape. I’m parched and ready for a tall cool drink! :) ~ d


  52. Kendra Says...

    On September 13, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Really cool!
    I think you should include the giant subglacial lake Vostok in Antarctica. What could be weirder than a lake trapped under 4000 m of ice?


  53. Lorilee Says...

    On July 21, 2009 at 6:32 am

    This is a great article, thankyou. What about Lake Eyre in Australia? It is Australia\’s largest lake, when it fills, which only happens when there has been enough rainfall in the northern parts of the country for the overflow to reach the lake basin. Typically a 1.5 m (5 ft) flood occurs every three years, a 4 m (13 ft) flood every decade, and a fill or near fill four times a century. The water in the lake soon evaporates with a minor and medium flood drying by the end of the following summer.
    I think that it would also qualify as an unusual lake. :D


  54. Dred Verone Says...

    On September 4, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Very educational and i loved it, but about lake Baikal?


  55. Dan David Says...

    On September 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Photo from space shows how unique Taal Lake is. There is small lake inside a lake inside another lake. Three lakes in all. Now that is unique!


  56. krobinson Says...

    On October 30, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Great stuff. Crater lake is stunningly beautiful. the water is so pristine and beautiful. There are many things to do.The great view of wildlife made you fascinated towards it. Its perfect location for any season.
    http://www.thetop10guide.net/top-10-exceptional-lakes-on-earth.html


  57. Riverstar Says...

    On February 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I would not describe the <boiling Lake of Dominica wierd because it is boiling. It is a crater of a volcano so that explains it!


  58. nick Says...

    On March 24, 2012 at 6:05 am

    You mentioned Lake Titicaca being the highest commercially navigable lake twice. Fix it.


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