Sail Through Summer At These Seven U.S. Lakes

Sail Through Summer At These Seven U.S. Lakes
Enchanting lake destinations are popular choices for memorable summer vacations. They offer a wealth of scenic beauty, pristine natural surroundings, and a wide range of activities and adventures. If you’re looking for the perfect setting for your summer vacation this year, check out these seven great lake destinations around the United States.

1. Lake Lure, North Carolina. Lake Lure is a beautiful manmade lake located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. The dam creating Lake Lure was built in 1927. Since that time, vacationers have been coming to the area to enjoy activities on the lake, including boating, waterskiing, tubing and fishing. Camping is available at spots around the lake. Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy themselves here, as Lake Lure is home to an abundance of trout, bass and catfish. Water sports, boat rentals, hiking, fishing, golf, tennis and horseback riding are also available. Chimney Rock Park is close by, and it’s an excellent spot for hiking. Climb to the top of the "Rock" for great views and the perfect backdrop for a great vacation photo.

2. Lake Guntersville, Alabama. In Alabama's northeast corner is Lake Guntersville, a 69,000 acre lake complete with a State Park lodge, convention center and excellent fishing. Vacationers can take advantage of a variety of accommodations including lakeside campsites, cottages, or lodge rooms. This area features over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, scenic drives, and a lake teeming with largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. Other leisure activities include golf, swimming, tennis, boating, waterskiing and sailing. Lake Guntersville has hosted Bassmaster fishing tournaments and other special events.

3. Kentucky Lake, Kentucky. Kentucky Lake is one of the country’s largest man-made lakes, with lots of opportunities for fishing and watersports. Many vacationers have discovered this destination and return year after year to enjoy the myriad of land-based and water-oriented activities. The over 2,300 miles of shoreline offer hiking, biking and horseback trails. In addition, marinas on the 160,000 acre lake offer rentals of fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, jet skis, sailboats and even luxury houseboats. Golfers can play a round at courses just a short drive away, and have their choice of 9-hole executive courses and championship 18-hole courses. Antique and craft stores, biking and hunting are also available in the area.

4. Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Maryland’s largest inland lake, Deep Creek Lake, is located in the tranquil mountains of Garrett County in the western part of the state. Conveniently located within easy driving distance of major Mid-Atlantic cities, Deep Creek Lake has become increasingly popular over the years. Vacationers can enjoy four seasons of fun in this beautiful area. Deep Creek Lake encompasses about 3,900 acres and features close to 70 miles of shoreline. Summer activities include swimming, boating, bicycling, golf, tennis, water sports, whitewater rafting, and fishing. Walleye, yellow perch, bass and trout are plentiful. Hiking and horseback riding are popular activities at Deep Creek Lake year-round.

5. Lake George, New York. Lake George is a popular vacation spot nestled in New York State's Adirondack Mountains. This 32-mile lake provides a wonderful area for boating, fishing, hiking and other activities. The Lake George area also offers opportunities for horseback riding, golf, white water rafting excursions, and a variety of fairs and events during the summer months. History comes alive at the Fort William Henry Museum, an authentically restored French & Indian War-era British fort built on Lake George by the British in 1755 to block an anticipated French advance from Canada. Lake George Shoreline Cruises offers narrated cruises around Lake George which showcase the lake’s scenery and historic events that took place in the area.

6. Priest Lake, Idaho. Priest Lake is a 25 mile lake in northern Idaho, and is connected to Upper Priest Lake by a scenic, slow moving thoroughfare. The lake, located at an elevation of 2,500 feet and set in unspoiled surroundings encircled by the Selkirk Mountain Range, provides 80 miles of shoreline with sandy beaches and seven islands. The large amount of public land surrounding the lake ensures its natural beauty for years to come. Waterskiing, kayaking, golfing, excellent fishing, boating, picking huckleberries and tennis are favorite summer activities here.

7. Lake Powell, Arizona. Located in Arizona’s far north-central region, Lake Powell is a magical place for houseboat vacations. This beautiful man-made lake stretches for close to 200 miles and offers 2,000 miles of shoreline and more than 90 different canyons to explore. Lake Powell is one of the best destinations in the United States to rent a houseboat. On Lake Powell, houseboat vacationers can enjoy swimming, water skiing, kayaking and fishing on one of the country’s largest reservoirs. Fish are plentiful here including smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, channel catfish, bluegill and crappie.

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