Summer is here which means that boating across the US will begin to rise in popularity and become one of the top activities to enjoy. Are you on the hunt for the best boating lakes across the United States? Every region of the United States has unique experiences to offer and visiting different lakes allows you to enjoy different experiences! Today, RaftUp would like to feature some of the top boating lakes in the United States.

#1 Lake Tahoe

Location – Straddles the border of California and Nevada

The strong mountain winds and crystal clear water makes Lake Tahoe one of the top lakes in the US! The Strong mountain winds make for ideal conditions for windsurfing or sailing. Other water sports include water cycling, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Lake Tahoe has visibility of up to 75 feet which makes it great for sport fishing, swimming, or scuba diving.

#2 Lake Superior

Location: Situated Between the Canadian province of Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan

Lake Superior is famously known as the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area. Lake Superior can have unpredictable waters and is typically best for experienced boaters. Speed Boating is a popular activity on this lake for those who know a great deal about boating. Visitors also enjoy kayaking, canoes, and sailboats along the rocky coast which boasts gorgeous views.

#3 Lake of the Ozarks

Location: Central Missouri

You will find Lake of the Ozarks in the heart of Missouri and is nicknamed the Magic Dragon because of its unique shape made up of main waterways and coves that look like a dragon from an aerial perspective. The Lake of the Ozarks is also known as the #1 recreational lakes in the US From tubing, water skiing, wakeboarding, speed boats, and kayaks there are so many ways to enjoy the Lake of the Ozarks.

#4 West Okoboji Lake

Location: Okoboji, IA

Lake Okoboji is known for its depth which makes it makes it great for boating and watersports. From water skiing to something more extreme like parasailing or flyboarding. In addition to watersports, Lake Okoboji is a great spot for catching bluegill and walleye.

#5 Lake Lanier

Location: Hall County, Georgia

You’ll find some seriously spectacular views – some of the best in the United States! There are 700 miles of shoreline with mountains and waterfalls along the way. For boating enthusiasts, you can enjoy jet skiing, house boating, and speed boating.

#6 Lake Wallenpaupack

Location: PikeCounty/Wayne County, Pennsylvania

Located on the Pocono mountains, Lake Wallenpaupack is a lot of fun with spectacular views. Speed boating, tubing, sailing, and jet skiing are among the most popular ways to enjoy being out on the lake.

#7 Lake Winnipesaukee

Location: Belknap County/Carroll County, New Hampshire

Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in New Hampshire. You can launch your own boat at one of the many marinas or enjoy a scenic sunset cruise. Water skiing and wakeboarding are also fun activities because the large size of the lake creates great wakes.

It’s time to start planning your next lake trip in the United States and now you have a handy list to get you started on picking a destination. Before you head out for your lake vacation, be sure to download the RaftUp app! Our outdoor connections app is your perfect boating companion with location sharing with friends, Smart SOS, weather, and map feature!