Spring Hill has a diverse selection of beaches. Visitors can enjoy bustling options near Clearwater, local parks, as well as remote islands with camping and untouched nature.
The selection of lakes around Paso Robles isn’t large but quite varied. A couple of large reservoirs nearby offer various types of water recreation, and smaller community lakes allow tranquil fishing and paddling.
Buffalo provides easy access to Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, but there are plenty of smaller lakes in the area. Visitors who prefer cozy lakes and fishing ponds can enjoy water activities without the drawbacks of large lakes.
Lawton is surrounded by excellent lakes and reservoirs, some of which sit within the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The area is known for stunning scenery and activities like fishing, kayaking, boating, swimming, and camping.
Arnold provides access to a variety of lakes in Calaveras County. Some options are mountain lakes with a short summer season, while others are large recreational reservoirs in the valley below.
July is the busiest month in the Great Smoky Mountains. It comes with crowds, traffic jams, and the need for reservations. Yet, there are a few quiet spots in the park that most first-time visitors miss.
Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in December is a chance to experience a winter wonderland. Traffic reduces, and snow-covered trails offer snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and gorgeous views of dusted mountaintops.
May is an excellent time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. Flowers are still in bloom, and all facilities and campgrounds are open by the end of the month. Yet, visitor numbers are still below the summer’s peak.
Lake Nicol is a popular fishing, paddling, and boating destination near Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In summer, it offers swimming opportunities and serene picnic spots.
Lake J.B. Thomas is a large and popular reservoir in the Texas plains. Although the water level tends to fluctuate, this lake is well-regarded for boating, fishing, and camping.
Fed by rainwater, Lake Awosting has unusual water acidity that does not sustain fish. Reached only by foot, bike, or cross-country skiing, it sits in a gorgeous natural area and offers summertime swimming.
Lake Eustis in the Harris Chain of Lakes is known for excellent fishing, boating, and a large population of alligators. It has plenty of access options and paddling opportunities.
Known for its bright-red canyon walls, unmatched fishing opportunities, and wide range of recreational activities, Flaming Gorge Reservoir is a must-visit destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Tibble Fork Reservoir may not be large, but it’s a hugely popular summer destination in the American Fork Canyon. This mountain lake is free from motorboats and offers excellent swimming, paddling, and camping in summer.
Conowingo Reservoir spans two states and offers a wide selection of activities, including boating and swimming. It’s known for incredible fishing and is popular with wildlife photographers.
Lake Clarke may not be the most developed destination, yet it offers a wide selection of activities. Known for birding opportunities, a river trail, and a rail-trail on the eastern shore, it provides excellent paddling, boating, and hiking.
Crater Lake National Park remains open throughout the year. The long winter season offers an opportunity to experience Winter Wonderland and practice activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and winter camping.
The warm season at Crater Lake National Park is short. The busiest months July and August are characterized by crowds, lines, and traffic jams. June and September are less busy, but most amenities remain open.
The lakes surrounding Mt Shasta provide breathtaking views of the mountain and offer a wide range of recreational opportunities, including swimming, boating, fishing, and camping.
Surrounded by mountains and national forests, Medford has an excellent selection of recreational lakes. Most options allow swimming, fishing, and boating, and many have trails and campgrounds for multi-day adventures.
Although many lakes around Winchester are private, there are also plenty of options with public access. Most are small and tranquil reservoirs where fishing and paddling are the most common activities.
Pagosa Springs offers an excellent selection of lakes and reservoirs suitable for swimming, paddling, and boating. Trout and salmon fishing remain hugely popular here. Most of the lakes allow winter activities when weather permits.
Although the selection of lakes around Baltimore is big, most of the options restrict gas boating and water contact activities like swimming. Instead, fishing, paddling, and hiking are the most popular activities.
The area around Cookeville has plenty of lakes suitable for swimming, kayaking, fishing, and boating. Some options are located within state parks which provide campgrounds, RV spaces, and trails.
Typical to Pennsylvania, the lakes around Allentown vary in permitted activities and types of access. Truly versatile reservoirs are hard to find, but together these lakes offer plenty of summer and winter activities.
Winter is the busiest time in Everglades National Park as most people prefer to deal with crowds and congestion rather than summer’s heat, humidity, and bugs.
Summer and Fall in Everglades National Park are hot and humid. This is not the best time to visit, but those who dare will be rewarded with empty roads and campgrounds.
Clarksville is an excellent getaway to lakes in Tennessee and Kentucky. The options include massive reservoirs, river impoundments, quiet fishing lakes, as well as park-run swimming holes.
The choice of lakes surrounding Columbia isn’t huge, but it’s varied. From small city ponds to massive recreational reservoirs, there is something for everyone here.
Topeka has an excellent selection of lakes, and like in many areas in Kansas, there are hardly any restrictions on activities. Swimming, fishing, power boating, and camping are all possible here.