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Summertime is the prime season for water skiing and wakeboarding, and with so many lakes to choose from across the country, you just might have a tough time deciding where to go next. Here are five beautiful lakes you just may want to tow your boat to this summer. No boat? No problem. Many marinas offer ski boat and equipment rentals.
This large reservoir on the Arizona/California border is located on the Colorado River and features 400 miles of coastline and 60 miles of navigable waterways. While you’re out on the lake, you can take in the natural beauty of the mountains and canyons in the surrounding desert. The lake, which is named after the Mojave word for “blue,” provides the perfect setting for slaloms and major air runs. The most popular skiing spots can be found near the south end of the lake – Skiers’ Island and Skiers’ Coves One, Two and Three are located just north of Copper Canyon. According to the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau, there are no size restrictions or speed limits on the lake, with the exception of clearly marked no-wake zones and other restricted areas. Nearby Lake Havasu City is also the home of the famous London Bridge which once sat on the River Thames in London and was moved to Lake Havasu in the late 60s.
Just the scenery alone makes Lake Tahoe well worth the trip. This deep, wide lake on the California/Nevada border is the largest alpine lake in North America and is known for its crystal blue waters and stunning views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The area is home to a number of water ski schools, and ski boat rentals are also available.
This gem of a resort area in southeastern Wisconsin has a fascinating history. Its easy access from Chicago via railroad made it a popular escape for wealthy industrialists who built summer estates along the lakeshore from the 1950s to the Roaring 20s. Many of these mansions can still be seen today from the lake or the public, 26-mile shore path that encircles it. Gage Marine, located in Williams Bay on the northern shore of the lake, offers a popular in/out valet service for boaters.
This large reservoir in southern Kentucky has 1,255 miles of shoreline, an average depth of 90 feet and measures 101 miles long and over a mile across at its widest point. It is a peaceful boaters’ paradise that is surrounded by tree-covered hills and contains hundreds of secluded coves to explore. Burnside Marina is located on the eastern tip of the lake and is a full-service marina that offers open and covered wet slips, transient slips and houseboat and small boat rentals.
While Lake Placid, which is considered to be one of the cleanest freshwater lakes in the world, is known as a winter playground, it’s also a great place to go water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. There’s even a slalom course located next to the main island in the lake. Lake Placid measures four miles by a mile and a half and has an average depth of 50 feet. Since there are no roads that go all the way around the lake, the best way to see the area is by boat. Lake Placid offers a free public boat launch with parking for vehicles and trailers on a first-come, first-served basis and there are three marinas on the lake.