The Most Adventurous Lake Towns for Summer

These lakeside towns make for exciting and picturesque summer vacation destinations
Lake Chelan Washington


Chelan Lake, Wash.

Sure, coastal beaches and tropical islands may be what first come to mind when thinking of summer vacation destinations.

But when it comes to outdoor recreation and even beachside relaxation, America’s lake towns have just as much, if not more, to offer.

Short of big waves for surfing, some of the best U.S. lakes offer visitors the chance to participate in nearly any water sport imaginable. And since they’re considered superb locations for summer holidays, the nearby towns are bustling with lots to do as well.

Not to mention, these charming locales boast some of the most stunningly scenic landscapes in all of America.

From central Washington to New Hampshire’s Newport, these are some of the most spectacularly scenic and, of course, adventurous lake towns in the U.S.

Grand Rivers, Ky. — Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake

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Known as “The Village Between the Lakes,” Grand Rivers is home to both Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. The quaint  town boasts two resort marinas each with waterfront cottages and condos and unlimited access to water sports and outdoor activities including fishing, sailing, golf, kayaking and wildlife viewing, just to name a few.

Rock Springs, Wyo. — Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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Compared to more popular destinations in Wyoming like Jackson Hole or Grand Teton, Rock Springs — known as the "gateway to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir" — is somewhat of a hidden gem. Flaming Gorge is celebrated for its serene tranquility and is also considered one of the best lakes for cold-water fishing in the entire country. Plus, even if fishing isn’t your forte, this lake also serves as a perfect spot for other exciting water sports like skiing, tubing and kayaking.

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