Top 10 Lakes Every Boater Should Visit in the U.S.
Cooler, camera, compass: Check! First-aid kit, fishing license, flotation devices: Double check! Everything in between: Triple check! Once the boat is fully packed up, it is time to ship out - and not for the usual lake trip with the family.
Create lifelong memories on your boat by exploring various notable lakes across the nation throughout the boating season. Sounds like a daunting task with so many scenic selection for natural travel? To help you get started, cross-country adventurers should add these 10 rest-and-relaxation lake to the boating bucket list.
Great Sacandaga Lake, NY
The Adirondacks Regions of Upstate New York includes more than 100 communities, lakes, mountains, valley and cliffs, and is home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48. One of its largest lakes is 29-mile-long Great Sacandaga, which is nestled in the region’s foothills and bordered by massive pine trees, quaint towns and nature’s beauty.
🍴 Lanzi's on the Lake and Timeless Tavern
🏠 Inn at the Bridge and Cabins in Hope
⚓ Boating, Jet Skiing, Fishing, Water Skiing, Paddling, and Whitewater Rafting
Torch Lake, MI
Dubbed the third most beautiful lake in the world by National Geographic, 19-mile-long Torch Lake features pristine turquoise water. Reminiscent of Caribbean waterways, this national gem is surrounded by small towns in Northern Michigan and breathtaking topography. It is also Michigan’s longest and deepest inland lake.
🏠 The Inn at Torch Lake and Paradise Properties USA
⚓ Swimming, Fishing, Water Skiing, Sailing, Windsurfing, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Rafting, Tubing, Wakeboarding, and Paddle Boarding
Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Considered the “Best Recreational Lake in the Nation” by USA Today, Lake of the Ozarks stretches 92 miles from end to end. The large man-made lake sits in the heart of Missouri and is ringed by rolling hills, a vibrant forest life and charming small towns. The lake’s national legion of lake lovers journey to the site for its array of watersports, golf, camping, fine dining and shopping opportunities.
🍴 Dog Days Bar & Grill and Wobbly Boots Roadhouse
🏠 Holiday Shores Resort and Bass & Baskets Bed and Breakfast
⚓ Fishing, Swimming, Paddle Boarding, Tubing, Water Skiing, Wave Running, Wake Boarding, and Kayaking
Dale Hollow Lake, TN
Dale Hollow Lake located in Pickett County attracts millions of visitors annually and is considered one of the cleanest lakes in the nation. It also ranked No. 1 as the “Top 10 Best Houseboating Lakes in North America” by marine and yacht club directory Pick A Slip and serves as home to six of the 10 world record smallmouth bass, according to bass fisherman magazine Bassmaster. Surrounded by rolling hills, scenic trails and a world-class golf course, Dale is a deal of an adventurous boater’s lifetime.
🍴 Pier 42 Restaurant and Mitchell Creek Marina
🏠 Dale Hollow Overlook and Eagles Haven at Dale Hollow
⚓ Fishing, Floating, Water Skiing, Kayaking, Tubing, and Scuba Diving
Lake Norman, NC
North Carolina’s largest man-made lake is just 15 miles from Uptown Charlotte. It includes 520 miles of shoreline and spans 34 miles long. If you’re a boater of urban legends, it is said a sea monster named Normie lives in Lake Norman. What is for sure: The site serves as home to a common collection of yellow perch, largemouth bass, channel catfish, white bass, bluegill and striped bass.
🍴 Lake Norman Cottage and North Harbor Club
🏠 Harborside Vacation Rentals and The Cedars
⚓ Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Rowing, Fishing, Sailing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddling, Jet Skiing, and Swimming
Lake Oconee, GA
A visit to Georgia’s Lake Oconee guarantees Southern charm and culture. The state’s second-largest lake sits on 35 wooded acres in Greensboro and features antebellum architecture and fishing at its finest. Just 75 miles east of Atlanta, the 19,000-acre lake includes more than 300 miles of shoreline and is designated one of the best largemouth bass fishing destinations in Georgia.
🍴 The Waterside Restaurant and Bone Island Grillhouse
🏠 The Lodge on Lake Oconee and The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
⚓ Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Jet Skiing, Fishing, Kayaking, Swimming, and Canoeing
Lake Martin, AL
This boating oasis in Alexander City, Alabama, features more than 42,000 acres of pristine waters; 750 miles of shoreline; and cabin, condos and coves galore. At one time, Lake Martin served as the largest man-made lake in the world. Today, it offers guests some of nature’s most lavish landscape views while cruising the popular inland sea.
🍴 Harbor Docks Restaurant and Kowaliga Restaurant
🏠 The Creekside Lodge at Lake Martin and Burke Cove on Lake Martin
⚓ Fishing, Canoeing, Swimming, Sailing, Water Skiing, Jet Skiing, Wake Boarding, and Inner Tubing
Lake Okeechobee, FL
Meaning “Big Water,” Lake Okeechobee lives up to its moniker in “America’s Sweetest Town” of Clewiston, Florida, (where sugarcane crop is concentrated). The largest lake in the state and second-largest freshwater lake in the United States, its surface area extends 730 square miles. However, the lake is shallow, averaging only 9 feet. Nevertheless, it remains a natural habitat for fish and other wildlife, and attracts boating enthusiasts from around the globe.
🍴 Beef 'O' Brady's and The Tiki Bar
🏠 Clewiston Inn and Roland & Mary Ann Martins Marina & Resort
⚓ Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Water Skiing, and Wake Boarding
Lake Travis, TX
Located 20 miles northwest of Austin, Texas, Lake Travis merges a modish urban atmosphere with outdoor aquatic adventures. The 63-mile-long jewel lives on the Colorado River and holds rank as the longest lake in Texas’ Highland Lakes system, taking up almost 19,000 acres in area. This picturesque reservoir has transformed into a premier paradise to experience both lake leisure and luxury.
🍴 The Oasis and Ernie's on the Lake
🏠 The Cove and Robin's Nest Bed & Breakfast
⚓ Fishing, Parasailing, Sailing, Wake Boarding, swiming, Water Skiing, Scuba Diving, Jet Skiing, and Wind Surfing
Lake Tahoe, NV/CA
Lake Tahoe reigns as the largest alpine lake in North America and is where Nevada and California meet. It is divided into North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe, stretching 22 miles long and covering a surface area of 122,200 acres. The celebrity body of water also has been featured on USA Today, The New York Times and Good Morning America for its timeless splendor and Great Outdoors majestic vistas. Famous film scenes shot on the lake: “The Godfather II,” “The Bodyguard,” “Bonanza” and “City of Angels.”
🍴 Freshies and Waterman's Landing
🏠 Tahoe Mountain Lodging and Beach Retreat & Lodge
⚓ Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Fishing, Jet Skiing, River Rafting, Canoeing, Parasailing, Swimming, Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, and Windsurfing