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A Guide To The Best Boating Lakes In The South

A Guide To The Best Boating Lakes In The South

The south is home to many beautiful places, and among those, are various lakes which are perfect for boaters to explore. So in today’s post, we’re going to be talking about some of the best boating lakes in this stunning area of the US. And hopefully you’ll find plenty of inspiration for future boating trips along the way.


Lake Lanier - Georgia

Lake Lanier is Georgia’s largest lake and covers 37,000 acres of surface area, while including several islands within the lake’s bounds… which could be a fun thing to explore if you’re interested.

Along the almost 700 mile long shoreline, there are 9 different marinas and many places to launch your boat. So there’s no problem there. And you can also find various amenities in these places; such as places to refuel or repair your boat, places to grab a bite to eat, and even some boutiques and other shopping opportunities.



Image from Lanier Islands

 

Lake Ouachita - Arkansas

Lake Ouachita is the largest lake in Arkansas, covering about 40,000 acres. But instead of featuring accommodations or amenities nearby, this lake stands out because of its natural beauty and almost secluded nature. Despite being such a major draw for boaters statewide.

It’s surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, so the shoreline is full of trees. And this makes the lake seem like a hidden-away gem in many ways. Plus, there are plenty of rolling hills around as well. Overall, you can just soak in the natural beauty of this area.

Lake Ouachita - Arkansas

Image from Arkansas State Parks

 

Norris Lake - Tennessee

At almost 37,000 acres of surface area, Norris Lake has plenty of room for boating. And like many modern-day lakes, this one is actually man made. Formed because of a dam built in 1936. It’s still made up of clear, beautiful water though. It loses none of its beauty!

And the scenery around this lake is anything but man-made, since it’s surrounded by cliffs, wildlife, and the Appalachian mountain range. But, if you’re not just going for scenery then you’ll be glad to know that there are also lots of opportunities for fishing in this area.

Norris Lake - Tennessee

Image from Deerfield Resort on Norris Lake

 

Lake George - Florida

Florida’s largest lake just happens to be Lake George, but since it’s only about 20,000 acres in size… it’s actually one of the smaller entries on this list. Even still though, it’s yet again, a very large lake.

Specifically, this lake is known for its beautiful shoreline that’s dotted with stunning parklands. There’s even the occasional bit of wildlife to be spotted here. Ranging from a bald eagle to a bear!

And this lake even features boat tours, if you’re not in the mood to control a vessel yourself.

Lake George - Florida

Image from
 VisitLakeGeorge.com

 

Lake Travis - Texas

At almost 19,000 acres of surface area, this man-made lake in Texas is quite spacious for all types of boating. And it’s actually one of the most popular sailing spots in the entire state. Additionally, this lake is known for its stunning, blue water which is always sparkling on the sun. 

And because of how close it is to the city of Austin, there are a lot of accommodations and amenities nearby once you’re done with your boating.

Lake Travis - Texas

Image from LakeTravis.com

 

High Rock Lake - North Carolina

High Rock Lake is located in North Carolina, and takes up about 15,000 acres of surface area. But there’s actually 365 miles of shoreline at this lake to enjoy! And a lot of that shoreline is actually full of trees and other natural scenery that contribute to the lake’s unique look.

Plus, there are a lot of fishing opportunities at this lake as well. Since it’s full of crappies, stripers, bass, bream, and even catfish. So there's plenty to do, even aside from taking in the sites.

High Rock Lake - North Carolina

Image from Lake & Town Realty

 

Lake of the Ozarks - Missouri

Lake of the Ozarks is actually one of the most popular boating locations in the south, for many reasons. Firstly, because it’s quite large… at over 54,000 acres of surface area with over 1,000 miles of shoreline as well. And in fact, since it’s manmade, it’s one of the largest manmade lakes in the world.

Secondly, because it’s surrounded by both beauty and amenities! You see, since the spot is so popular; there are lots of places to stay, eat, shop, and even find entertainment once you get out of the water. So it’s just a really fun spot all around.

Lake of the Ozarks

Image from WorldAtlas.com

 

Conclusion -

If you’re looking to go boating in the south then you’ll have no shortage of great options, no matter which type of experience you’re looking for. You can take in the natural beauty of your surroundings, take advantage of nearby amenities, or even try out some other water-based activities while you’re out there. Check out our boating tubes today.

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