Best Boating Lakes In The U.S.

HOUGHTON LAKE, MICHIGAN

Houghton Lake is the largest inland lake found in the state of Michigan and it is also one of the largest natural inland lakes in the United States. The lake is an extremely popular resort and is known for its boating, year round fishing and water sports including ice fishing in the winter.

10 thoughts on “Best Boating Lakes In The U.S.

  • March 8, 2018 at 6:01 pm
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    Houghton Lake is indeed a beautiful spot. As is the area around Houghton, Mich. Just to confuse the unwary tourist, the two Houghtons are 400 miles apart. 🙂

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  • May 23, 2018 at 12:22 pm
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    Lake Powell in Utah and Arizona should be first on this list. It has the most spectacular scenery with 600 foot sandstone walls and hundreds of side canyons to explore only accessible by boat. The water is clean and warm. I hear that it is down some since being on the Colorado river which supplies water to the Southwest. I have boated on many of the Southwestern lakes including Lake Meade but Powell is the best of all. It has 1800 miles of shoreline and excellent for house boating.

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    • May 10, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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      I couldn’t agree more. I grew up on a lake in Michigan and have had the privilege f boating on many lakes throughout Michigan as well as many other lakes throughout the states. Lake Powell was by far the most enjoyable

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  • September 2, 2018 at 7:44 pm
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    Lake Ra;ystown Lake in PA is a wonderful lake to boat, fish and Eagle watch.

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    • May 10, 2019 at 11:26 am
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      what large city is this near?

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  • September 3, 2018 at 2:29 am
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    Just a few miles north is Higgins Lake. Having boated on both lakes I would take Higgins Lake over Houghton Lake any day. Yes, it’s not as big but it is a beautiful lake and a great lake to boat on. Crystal clear waters great for watersports.

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    • May 10, 2019 at 2:23 pm
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      Richard, I grew up on Houghton Lake in Michigan. My great grandfather owned a lot of property near Prudenville about 70 years ago. A beautiful lake. Unfortunately, there are so many vacationers that the area has become too dense (for me) with the number of people. We also spent vacation time on Higgins Lake after my grandmother sold the property. Higgins Lake is exactly as you’ve described it.

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  • May 28, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    Lakes in New Hampshire should also be included on the list. This state has one of the Top Ten cleanest lake in all of North America. Lake empties out four times a year and is feed by two rivers and natural springs with under water caves

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  • May 31, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    LETS NOT FORGET BULLS SHOALS LAKE IN ARKANSAS

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    • June 16, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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      Shasta Lake, CA….365 miles of shoreline,80-90 degrees…always flat water for water spots…and clean!

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