There are thousands of lakes across the nation, with a variety of ways to enjoy them. From the chilly shores of the Great Lakes to the more temperate waters of the South, you can find a lake for any activity you like, such as fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking or camping.
With so many lakes to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to go. So, we’ve narrowed the field by having a panel of experts nominate their 20 favorite lakes across three categories. Now, you get to rank the 10 best in each one by voting for your top picks. Voting ends on Monday, June 5 at noon ET, and you can vote once per day, per category.
Click on each category below to vote:
What’s your favorite lake to visit? — Photo courtesy of iStock / gradyreese
Lakes across the United States have plenty to offer for those who enjoy the great outdoors. From fishing and boating to swimming and camping, you can enjoy scenic views, wildlife, watersports, and fresh air and sunshine. Plus, when some lakes are frozen over in winter, there’s still lots to do, like ice skating and ice fishing!
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Best Lake for Swimming
Where do you go for a top-notch lake swimming experience? — Photo courtesy of Getty Images / Image Source
From natural water features to human-made bodies of water, the United States is full of beautiful lakes where you can enjoy a refreshing dip. Not to mention, several offer sandy stretches of beach, perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. Where is your favorite spot to go for a swim?
Vote: Best Lake for Swimming »
Best Lake for Water Sports
What’s your favorite lake for recreation and watersports? — Photo courtesy of iStock / gradyreese
If you love watersports, then you probably know the United States is home to some amazing lakes that are hubs for aqua adventures. Whether you enjoy kayaking, jet skiing, fishing or swimming, there’s a lake for you. Which one is your favorite?
Vote: Best Lake for Water Sports »
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, June 16.