Looking for a lake vacation to relax, unwind and explore the great outdoors? Well, there are plenty of stunning destinations to choose from. Whether you want hiking, freshwater swimming or simply a family day out, these five options have got it all.
1. Priest Lake, Idaho
Priest Lake is often referred to as ‘Idaho’s Crown Jewel’, a beautiful lake stretching on for 23,000 acres beneath the epic Selkirk Mountains. The Priest Lake is home to the gorgeous Priest Lake State Park, with several attractive campgrounds along the west side. For some adventurous hikes amongst breathtaking scenery, Priest Lake is the place to be. Here you can rent pontoon boats, kayaks and canoes, and explore the lake to your heart’s content. Priest Lake is home to plenty of wildlife including bobcats, moose, grizzly bears and the mountain caribou.
2. Lake Keowee
Lake Keowee stretches for 300 miles, with deep waters that are perfect for water sports and fishing. The park offers several lovely hiking and walking trails, so you can choose a tour around the park or head to the best fishing spot. Along the way, you’ll discover various species of wildflower and the sights of the white-tailed deer. If you enjoy water sports, at Lake Keowee you can try activities such as wakeboarding, water skiing or kayaking. At the northern end of the lake, you’ll find Keowee state park, a stunning 1,000 acres with gorgeous views, waterfalls and hiking opportunities.
3. Crater Lake, Oregon
The deepest lake in the whole of the USA should definitely be on your bucket list! Crater Lake is intensely blue and beautiful; the color is evidence of its astonishing purity and depth (1,943 feet). Impressive cliffs frame Crater Lake, and it’s a popular place for scuba diving. Here you can dive the remains of a flooded volcano, and explore the moss meadows and lava formations. Don’t be put off if you’re a scuba diving newbie; this beautiful spot is a great place to learn. If you don’t fancy scuba diving, no worries, Crater Lake is also one of the best hiking destinations in America.
4. Lake Clark, Alaska
Lake Clark is only accessible by boat or plane, meaning it’s one of the lesser-visited parks, though it’s one of the most beautiful. From forested coasts to glaciers and volcanoes, the scenery here will take your breath away. At the centre of the national park, you’ll find the Chigmit Mountains and the active volcanoes of Redoubt and Iliamna. For fishing, kayaking and hiking Lake Clark is the perfect destination.
5. Lake Sammamish, Issaquah
Looking for a relaxing spot close to Seattle? Lake Sammamish State Park is the answer; it’s one of the best things to do in issaquah! The park has two lakefront beaches, wetlands, forests and plenty of wildlife too. You can rent kayaks to explore the lake, or simply take a walk if you prefer. If you live in the area and are looking for a lovely day out, Lake Sammamish is the perfect place. If you like water skiing, the lake is a great spot to practice! For even more beautiful outdoor adventures in Issaquah, head on down to Tiger Mountain State Forest.