There are many things to do at lakes. Some are probably obvious. But when you gather them all together - there may be some you might not have thought of!
We've got ideas for fun-filled days at the lake of your choice. Some lakes have the best stuff for you to do already set up. Like what?
SWIMMING - Swim from a dock or float. Or from a boat or houseboat's swim platform. We love finding lakes with a sandy beach. Then often connected to lakes, how about the best swimming holes?
WATER SPORTS FUN - Some lakes have all kinds of rentals (if you don't have your own): paddle-boats, kayaks, canoes, all kinds of boats!
NATURE & WILDLIFE - Many lakes have adjacent wildlife refuges, with viewing areas. There may even be a small one in your area you've not noticed!
HAVE A PICNIC - Lakeside parks are the best for providing picnicking spots. Often they have covered picnic pavilions.
COUPLE DATES - Couples can include lots of what we're mentioning here - for fabulous outdoor dates. Many had been thinking of that in recent times.
Nothing like spending some healthy outdoor time together!
HOBBY TIME - Take your hobbies to a lake. Because many lake parks have fields reserved for flying Hobby Planes.
ENJOY YOUR FAVORITE SPORT - Bring your own soccer ball, softball, baseball or basketball, to have an informal game with friends and family. When lake park fields aren't officially in use.
Some have miniature golf.
Another style has now become popular: called disc golf (some call if Frisbee Golf).
Our granddaughter regularly plays that at Cottonwood's Riverfront Park, which is adjacent to the Verde River.
FUN WITH DOGS - Take your pet to the lake. Dogs are probably the prime pet to especially love it!
There are some lakes where they can swim. Or they can splash into the shoreline. They love to run at the lakeside fields.
THE KIDS - Thinking of tiny tykes. What fun things to do at lakes can we find? To keep them entertained? We have suggestions!
Looking around, there are really fun lakes for kids. Children usually like active things, getting animals involved, & things to do at lakes that are fun in the water. Specific ideas:
ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS - Kids love animals. Parks have many ways to safely provide ways for kids to connect with animals. Lake parks are especially suited to that.
PLAYGROUNDS - Seems pretty obvious, yet there are particular styles worth checking into. Created to provide special things to do at lakes with unique playgrounds.
CAMPING - Many kids love this. We always took our kids camping. Our son loved it, our daughter, not really. As adults today, that trend still lives on!
We know about parks that have such fun things to do at fabulous Lakes For Kids. Take a look at these lakes in the southwest states.
Lake Siskiyou - The Resort there has beach Splash Zone for kids.17
Lake Tahoe - Summer or winter, the place to go!
Kids with their adults find many things to do at Lake Tahoe! Like year-round ski resorts for many activities, lots of safe beaches & other fun kid-friendly things to do at that lake.
Hume Lake Recreation Area - In Sequoia/Kings Canyon. Gorgeous lake area with lots of things to do! Like the lakeside trail with informational waymarks.16
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This huge state has many lively & relaxing things to do at lakes for kids. Their adults will be pretty happy with all the possibilities, too.
Every Southwestern state has towns and cities with their own local parks. Many are well-organized to give their citizens happy times close to home.
But anyone is welcome to come enjoy the facilities they offer. If you're traveling, they'll provide you a refreshing break along the road. Maybe for your kids or pets, too.
We've maybe found things to do at lakes near you - in your town, or a nearby town or city. Which have we found?
Two main interstates traverse the state, others are inter-connectors. Phoenix is a large sprawling city, but suburbs have beautiful local parks with lakes.
Tucson also has some great things to do locally at lakes. We know some really good ones, because after all - we live here!
TUCSON - Crossing southern Arizona on Interstate 10, there are excellent Lakes in Tucson.1
Reid Park - Exiting on 22nd St. & heading East, you'll get to its left entrance.
Two lakes are there, but much more to do at this fabulous park. It's a huge park, with lots of parking. You'll find a rose garden, dog area, playgrounds, scheduled activities & so much more! Even an adjacent zoo!
Christopher Columbus Park - Open 6am-10:30pm. I-10 Exit 252 to El Camino Del Cerro, left at Silverbell. Shortly take a left at entrance. Two lakes - one stocked for fishing. Picnicking, dog park, playground & more.
Quite popular locally.
Desert Breeze Park - In Chandler
Kiwanis Lake Park - In Tempe
Dobson Ranch Park - In Mesa: One of the Best for Every Child!
Off I-17 Exit 333 - Pumphouse County Natural Area & farther up the road on right to Kachina Wetlands Preserve. These parks are somewhat hidden gems in Arizona's North Country!
Arch Rock & Twin Tanks - Hidden history & fairly secretive to get there.6 But we'll let you in on the best way to go.
Lake Morena - Visit this San Diego County Park for a day or more. Trails, picnic area, playground, boating & fishing.
Yosemite National Park - Very popular for visitors. But there are hidden gems to visit, as well - some little discovered lakes!6
Mono Lake - A most Mysterious Lake you won't forget! The first time we drove by, I had dozed off. Bill woke me, saying "Wow - this looks so weird, I had to wake you to see it!"
Off to the east of Hwy. 395, North of Lee Vining.
Lake Earl Wildlife Area - From Crescent City take 101N to Lake Earl Dr. for the biggest lagoon on the west coast. Terrific birding.6 Hiking, boating, fishing. Lake Talawa connects, adjacent, near the ocean & Tolowa Dunes State Park.7
Burney Falls/Lake Britton - From Fall River Mills, 11 miles on 299W. Take 89N 6 miles to waterfall trails parking.6 The state park has access to Lake Britton for boating & fishing. Or from Clark Creek Rd. for picnicking.8
Mammoth Lakes - Lots of things to do at this gorgeous lake! Try winter, for the Dog Sledding!
Grand Lake - The state's largest natural lake. From I-70, 40N to Granby, then 34N.
Overland Trail Recreation Area - Sterling, off I-76 Exit 125 to Business 76/6 West. Onto 370 North, Rec Area lake on left.
Navajo Lake State Park11 - Lake created from damming the Los Pinos River. State's 2nd largest. All boating craft & water sports. Two marinas (505-632-3245), 7 campgrounds, picnicking, etc.
Lake Roberts12 - Lakeside campground, trails, picnic tables. Small lake for non-motorized/ electric boating.
Fallon Area - Lahontan State Recreation Area is a delightful lakeside oasis, with camping, boating, fishing & swimming.6
Pioche Area - Echo Canyon has amazingly colorful cliffs!6 There's camping, ranger programs, picnicking & a wonderful lake.13
Claremore - Community park. Walk/jog track. Splash Pad & two playgrounds for kids. Picnic tables, fishing, small craft.
Paradise Hill - For access to 130 miles of Tenkiller lakeshore! Tenkiller State Park is the place to go for all your fun activities.
BALMORHEA - You might not notice it! We've been here twice, each time a unique necessity! Once in summer to this unique oasis for a road-trip stop. Once in winter, when we were ice/snow stranded! What's it about?
COMFORT - Joshua Springs Park & Preserve. 9-acre Lake for boating & fishing. Opens 7am. Fabulous things to do at this lake park. Not run of the mill! Picnic tables, playground, dog park, much more!14
FISH LAKE - Within Fish Lake National Forest. Lake community with many activities year-round.
DELTA - Gunnison Bend Reservoir's county park. Famed for Snow Goose Festival: February's Last Weekend & March's 1st weekend. Summertime boating, fishing, swimming, picnics.
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