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.

LAKE TARPON, FLORIDA

About ten miles west of Tampa is Lake Tarpon, Florida which has 52 square miles of water. This lake is popular with boaters and fishing because of its renowned large mouth bass population. 

RED LAKE, MINNESOTA

In northern Minnesota there is Red Lake which is the second largest natural freshwater lake found in the United States. It is divided into two sections with a peninsula in the middle which is home to the Ponemah community. The size and quality of this lake offers some excellent boating opportunities.

LAKE GENEVA, LAKE GENEVA, WISCONSIN

Southwest of Milwaukee there is a resort city located on the edge of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. Due to railroad access from Chicago this lake has become both an excellent resort and outdoor recreational facility. You can enjoy any type of boating on this lake or  relax beside in one of the many resort communities.

CLEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIA

The largest natural lake located entirely in California is Clear Lake. Many streams feed this lake, but it only has Cache Creek as the outlet. The lakes capacity and outflow is regulated by a dam located on Cache Creek. Due to its large capacity and the fact that it stays at the same depth all year round makes it an excellent lake for boating sports or for fishing.

LAKE TRAVIS, TEXAS

On the Colorado River in central Texas there is a reservoir known as Lake Travis. It is a man-made recreational lake and due to its large capacity, makes it great dor boating as it is also one of the largest of seven reservoirs known as the Highland Lakes.

LAKE MARION, SOUTH CAROLINA

In South Carolina the largest lake is Lake Marion, which has about 315 miles of shoreline. They offer several public boat ramps so it is easy to get your boats in and out of the water. It is also known for some of the largest fish, which offers excellent opportunities for those who want to catch large fish such as striped bass, trout, white perch, white bass, crappie, channel catfish, Arkansas blue catfish and bream.

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MISSOURI

Although much of the shoreline on this lake is privately owned it is also a popular site for recreational activities. In fact it is home to Party Cove, which is one of the most popular boating gathering spots in the United States and has even been featured in several magazines.

DEEP CREEK LAKE, MARYLAND

The largest inland body of water found in Maryland is Deep Creek Lake. It is a man-made lake that has a variety of freshwater fish for the fishing enthusiast. While fishing has been the most popular draw for the lake it is also expanding into a recreational boating community during the summer.

4 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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  • 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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  • 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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