Making The Most Of A Day At The Lake
Fun Ideas For Your Next Water-Based Adventure
Spending time near the water is proven to be just as beneficial to your health as being in a green space. The sounds of water are like the sound of waves lapping against the shore, and unlike the sounds of text or email, they have a rhythm that builds up or dissipates – the brain finds these tones soothing in quality.
What are you waiting for? Do you have a busy week? Do you crave relaxation and refreshment? The lake is the perfect place for you! Here are some suggestions for a memorable day at the lake
The beach is the perfect place to swim, float on your favorite inflatables and jump or dive from a raft. Using goggles or snorkels, you can explore underwater. Look for rocky areas where fish like to hang out, mussels buried in the sand, and other underwater surprises.
It can be helpful to decide what kind of fish you want to catch and do your research on that basis. Check online fishing forums for good fishing spots and then follow any local regulations such as licenses, permits or catch rates.
Locals will have access to the latest information, so head to a bait store for advice or stop by the spot you are considering to see if people are having success catching.
Contrary to paddling on the ocean or a river, paddling on a lake is relaxing (barring high winds or speeding boaters). Large waves, swift currents, or tides are rare. If the lake has heavy boat traffic, plan your outing for a weekday or a morning, or weekend so you can have the water to yourself.
Walk, Run Or Bike
Many lakes are bordered by parks and trails. These are a great option when there are cool temperatures that would make being in the water uncomfortable. Lakeside trails are also a good option if you don’t swim but still want to enjoy the scenery.
Play In The Wake
Water skiing, wakeboarding and water skiing will get your adrenaline pumping. You can rent a boat or have a friend or family member take you out. Tubes are the easiest of the three options to use and only require you to hang on tightly to the handle of the tube. Water skiing and wakeboarding take a little more practice, but they are great fun and rewarding. Make sure you’re wearing a swimsuit with lots of coverage so if you fall over, you can still wear it!
Many lakes are bordered by state parks or public beaches with public bathrooms and concession stands. If you get there early, you can snag your ideal spot in the sand and set up camp. Bring a book or magazine, snacks, water, sunscreen, and a friend. It’s time to lounge.
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A day at the lake is for everyone, from thrill-seekers to those who want to relax and unwind. There is no one perfect way to make your trip to the lake enjoyable. Try starting with an activity that sounds fun and go from there. Enjoy the water!