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Lake in Ohio named country’s best by ‘USA Today’ poll

Lake in Ohio named country’s best by ‘USA Today’ poll

Jack McLaughlin

According to a USA Today readers poll, Lake Erie is superior.

The Lake—which has over 300 miles of shoreline, more than any other state, in Ohio—was named the country’s best lake in the 2024 USA Today 10Best Readers Choice awards.

“It may be the shallowest of North America’s Great Lakes, but Lake Erie has a massive amount of potential when it comes to both tourism and outdoor adventure,” USA Today writes. “Buffalo, Cleveland, and Toledo are just a few of the storied cities that can be explored along the Erie shore, while recreation opportunities range from fishing to bird-watching to shipwreck diving.”


Lake Erie edged out Geneva Lake (Wisconsin) and Lake Superior (Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin) respectively.

Here’s the full top 10 from USA Today 10Best Readers Choice voters:

  1. Lake Erie
  2. Geneva Lake
  3. Lake Superior
  4. Lake Michigan
  5. Lake Tahoe
  6. Big Bear Lake
  7. Lake Coeur d’Alene
  8. Lake Champlain
  9. Lake Austin
  10. Lake Cumberland


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