USA, Washington State, North Cascades, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Diablo Lake and Davis Peak from Diable Lake Overlook

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Diablo Lake

North Cascades

Just south of Ross Lake, Diablo Lake is held back by the 389ft Diablo Dam. A pullout off Hwy 20 known as the Diablo Dam Overlook provides incredible views of the turquoise-green lake framed by glacier-capped peaks.

Diablo was the world's highest arch-type dam at the time of its completion in 1930, and building it in such a hostile region with no road access is considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the interwar age. Diablo Lake is popular for kayaking and canoeing (there's a launch site at Colonial Creek campground). The water's turquoise hue is a result of powdered rock ground down by glaciers.

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