It may be nearly wintertime, but it’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for warmer days. A lakefront retreat might just be the perfect spot to celebrate the arrival of springtime. Fortunately, if you’re looking to make a splash, there are a ton of options across the country that cater to all ages and interests.
Lake Sinclair (Georgia)
Believe it or not, Lake Sinclair is completely man-made. While it often competes with nearby Lake Oconee, the resort- and hotel-free Lake Sinclair is a bit more casual and carefree. However, there are still a wealth of options for lodging around the lake, including Temple Bay. In addition to a selection of fully furnished cabins, the resort features a bar and lounge with billiards, dancing, and darts that’s open year-round. In the summertime, The Dawg House serves up all sorts of delicious summer fare.
Caddo Lake (Louisiana & Texas)
Located partially in Northwest Louisiana and partially in Northeast Texas, this tranquil lake feels far removed from the hustle bustle of southern city livin’. Besides birding, fishing, and canoeing, you can take outback tours that float through the backwaters and swamps. When it comes to accommodations, you’ll find everything from cabin complexes and furnished guest cottages to motels and bed-and-breakfasts.
Keystone Lake (Oklahoma)
Just north of Tulsa, Keystone Lake is a local favorite due to its abundance of hiking and biking trails, campgrounds, and fishing spots in Keystone State Park. Don’t have your own boat? Stop by Pier 51 Marina, where can choose from a selection for rent, including ski boats.
Patoka Lake (Indiana)
It’s been called the “Jewel of Southern Indiana,” and the area around Patoka Lake has everything from an archery range and frisbee golf course to picnic areas. The lake was also named by USA Today as one of the best for spotting wildlife, including bald eagles, wild turkeys, and ospreys. There are four campgrounds that surround Patoka, giving you your pick of places to stay.
Shasta Lake (California)
It just sounds cool, doesn’t it? Northern California’s Shasta Lake not only has plenty of water activities like wakeboarding, boating, and fishing, but the region is also home to Lake Shasta Caverns and Mt. Shasta. The popular lake boasts RV parks, hotels, and a variety of rentals. Spring is a great time to visit, but there’s never a shortage of things to see or do here.
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