The Best Waterskiing Lakes In the U.S.: Boating season is now in full swing. Congrats to those of you who got out there and enjoyed the hot weather. Hopefully you were able to find some shade in your Crownline’s cabin. Now that the weekend is over, and the heat is persisting, make sure you pack enough water to keep you cool and hydrated during the long days outside.
Another way to keep cool is to get out of your boat and into the water for some waterskiing. The wind in your face is refreshing and invigorating, and you’re almost certain to wipe out, which is often the most fun way to cool off. Here are our picks for the top seven waterskiing lakes.
It’s big. It’s accessible. It’s a blast. Lake Michigan is the first lake we mention because so many people and states have access to it. Lined with beaches and marinas, it’s the ideal spot for Northerners to escape to when they want to ski. Typically, mid to late summer is the perfect time to get on the water, but thanks to this year’s higher temperatures you’ll be able to get a head start.
A gorgeous lake with a beautiful western Arizona backdrop, Havasu is an ultra-fun spot to go skiing. The community is fun and friendly, although a little wild for those who like to keep things calm. There are plenty of spots to rent skis and equipment and several great restaurants and bars for relaxing. The scenery is incredible, so be sure to pack a camera and binoculars.
There’s so much to do in this area between Oklahoma and Texas that we feel a little guilty just picking out waterskiing. Simply put, if you love the outdoors, go to Texoma. This lake has a big reputation that matches its big size. With 12 marinas and endless opportunities for adventure, Texoma is a Southern playground you won’t want to miss. There’s something for everyone including a loud party scene, family-friendly marinas, and a chill skiing vibe. The best part is that Texoma is big enough to comfortably handle all of them at the same time.
Table Rock Lake
How could we not mention the Ozarks? Table Rock Lake is the best of the Ozarks when it comes to water sports. Find some friendly competitions with the locals and put your waterskiing skills to the test. This region offers just about everything both on and off the water, so if you start to get worn out, there’s always something else to keep you busy. It’s one of America’s favorite vacation spots for a reason; the area is huge, beautiful and warm. Prime skiing time is from late June to August. (Visit Cope Marine while your in the area)
Lake George is so many things: a luxury vacation spot, an outdoorsman’s dream, a quaint historical site, a romantic getaway, and a killer spot to ski in late summer. The Adirondack Mountains offer breathtaking scenery when you’re zipping across the water doing tricks. This is a hub for Northeastern city folk who like to escape, so you’ll find plenty of people who need to let off some steam with a good time. There are lots of places to pick up gear, and the food in the area is downright amazing. ( You can see Crownline Dealers EZ Marine or Point Breeze Marina if your in the area)
Lake Lanier is a massive lake with 700 miles of shoreline. There are beautiful parks and beaches and a convenient number of boat ramps. Many people think of it as Atlanta’s lake, but the towns of Buford and Gainesville sit on the lakefront and offer all the amenities and Southern charm you would expect. The skiing is fantastic. There’s usually enough wind to make things interesting but not too tough. Plus, it’s warm enough to ski almost year-round. (Nearest Crownline Dealer on the lake – Watersports Central)
Blue Mesa Reservoir
This Colorado spot on the upper reaches of the Gunnison River is too pretty to ignore. It takes the bold, adventurous fun of Colorado and puts it on the water. While the state is known more for its snow skiing, Blue Mesa’s pristine beauty make it a perfect waterskiing spot. It’s on the chillier side most of the year but usually not too crowded, so you’ll have enough space to explore. Leave it to Colorado to have one of the best hidden gems in the waterskiing game.