I learned to swim in Lake Erie when it was crystal clear, before all the dead fish floated ashore. And on the road trip, we drove by or near so many beautiful lakes that obviously attracts locals and tourists.
I think the prettiest lake I’ve even been on is Pend Oreille in Sandpoint Idaho. It blew me away. The view in this pic is from atop Schweitzer Mountain, a great ski slope.
We’ve canoed on Bear Lake in the Kenai Peninsula and on Selawik Lake off Kotzebue Alaska, us and giant mosquitoes that ate us alive. We tired to concentrate on the beauty of the lake, but it was hard!
We’ve done our fair share of Maine Lake living too, us and the loons, or us loons and the other loons is more like it. Rangely was where we hung out, too gorgeous for words.
New Hampshire lakes, check done. Winnipesaukee, around Sandwich and Center Harbor, and Pleasant Lake in New London NH. Lake Lure, North Carolina, done. There, the deal is pontoon boats – everyone has one. Such fun to tool around a lake in a pontoon boat.
Lake Tahoe, check done. I have not been to Lake Mead nor have I been on any other Great Lake other than Erie.
If you watch enough HGTV (yes I do) you’ll see all the House Hunters peeps looking on lakes. I think the beauty of the lake depends on how much power boating equipment is allowed. Some lakes ban it altogether. Some lakes are total yahoo lakes with drunks on motor boats. Pend Oreille seemed a magical in between. Yes please, find me a house there.
I also think the lake has to be big enough to have a house with a long view, not two feet across to the other shore. Who has a favorite lake and why? Would you live on a lake over the ocean?