10 Lakes For Boaters To Explore

Are you looking for a new destination to enjoy family boating activities and great fishing? At Crevalle, we believe boat ownership is more than a hobby—it’s a lifestyle. Check out our list of the best lakes for boaters! From our home state of Florida, across the country to California, and up north in New York, there is something for everyone on this list.

10 Lakes for Boaters to Explore - Image of Lake Placid

Lake George, Florida

You don’t have to travel too far to visit one of the top lakes for boaters. Starting right here in Florida where Crevalle Boats are manufactured, Lake George is one of the state’s largest lakes at six miles wide and 11 miles around. Bordered by the Ocala National Forest and the Lake George Conservation Area, it’s a beautiful place to enjoy a day on the water and a hike.

Lake George is a mix of fresh and saltwater known for bass fishing and blue crabs. It’s also great for families interested in swimming because the water isn’t very deep.

Lake Burton, Georgia

Head just north of Florida to one of Northern Georgia’s best-kept secrets. With 62 miles of shoreline, Lake Burton is the perfect destination for boaters looking to sunbathe on the lake, get active with water sports, and/or enjoy the scenic mountain views. A family fishing pond is open daily.

Lake Sherwood, West Virginia

Welcome to Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. Located along the state’s eastern border with Virginia, Lake Sherwood is a great destination for smaller boats and anyone looking for a leisurely day on the lake. There are also swimming beaches, hiking trails, and camping facilities if you want to make more than a day out of it.
Lake George is one of Florida's largest lakes at 6 miles wide and 11 miles around - Image of Lake George

Dale Hollow Lake, Kentucky

Known as one of the cleanest lakes in the country, Dale Hollow Lake is situated among rolling hills and a beautiful, undeveloped shoreline. Boaters and their families can enjoy a variety of water activities including fishing, waterskiing, kayaking, and more. The surrounding area also offers hiking, biking, and horseback trails.

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Lake of the Ozarks is the most well-known lake in Missouri. It’s definitely a must-see when it comes to lakes for boaters to explore. Its river-like shape makes it perfect for a leisurely boat trip down the winding shape. Check out Lake of the Ozarks in the fall, when the colorful leaves will make you feel like you’re in Vermont.

Enjoy the resort atmosphere and stay for a weekend or more to enjoy boating, golfing, shopping, fishing, restaurants, and more.

Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

The largest alpine lake in the U.S., Lake Tahoe is situated along the California and Nevada border with shoreline in both states. The water is known for its dazzling, deep blue color and boating is a popular activity. Take advantage of public piers, boat rentals, and events for boaters such as the annual Concours d’Elegance Wooden Boat Show. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy catch n’ release or catch n’ eat. There are even restaurants that will cook your fresh catch for you!

The water in Lake Tahoe is known for its dazzling, deep blue color and boating is a popular activity - Image of Lake Tahoe

Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania

One of the state’s largest reservoirs, Lake Wallenpaupack is located in the Poconos region and offers 52 miles of shoreline. The variety of fish in the lake includes striped bass, Northern pike, Rock bass, Largemouth bass, and more. Not just one of the top lakes for boaters, Lake Wallenpaupack offers fun for the whole family. There are six public recreation areas to explore with hundreds of acres of forest, walking trails, campsites, and boat slips. Enjoy swimming, water sports, fishing, and more!

Read more about how to turn your fishing boat into a family getaway. 

Lady Bird Lake, Texas

Located in Austin, on the Colorado River, this reservoir is perfect for boaters. A hike-and-bike trail also circles the lower part of the lake. Boat ramps are available, as are a variety of watercraft rentals. Fishing enthusiasts can cast their lines for largemouth bass, large common carp, and large redbreast and redear sunfish.

Lake Wallenpaupack has 6 public recreation areas to explore with hundreds of acres of forest, walking trails, campsites, and boat slips - Image of Lake Wallenpaupack

Saratoga Lake, New York

Not just a recommended lake for boaters, Saratoga Lake is one of the most popular natural attractions in the region.  Located just north of Saratoga Springs, there is lots of fun for the whole family. Enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, and waterfront dining. Saratoga Lake has a big sandbar in the middle, which is a perfect spot to anchor your boat and go for a swim. Saratoga County is also a beautiful spot to visit in the fall for leaf-peeping.

Lake Placid, New York

Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is known for its winter sport history as well as warmer weather activities on and around the lake. Take a scenic boat ride, go for a family hike, enjoy the downtown area, and then relax by the lake in the evenings.

A hike-and-bike trail circles the lower part of Lady Bird Lake - Image of bike trail and rowers at Lady Bird Lake

Build your perfect boat at Crevalle!

Did you find a new lake to visit on this list? Whichever body of water you choose, having the right boat can make all the difference. Build your perfect boat and upgrade from a standard fishing boat to a family-friendly hybrid model.  (Read more about how to choose a good family boat) Include these cool boat accessories to make your family-friendly boat even more family-friendly. Find your nearest Crevalle dealer to get started.

Bringing your pet on your boating trip? Check out these safety tips for boating with your dog. 

For more boating themed getaway ideas, check out 15 Fishing Vacations for Anglers.

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