12 Waterfront Campgrounds
By Michelle Valenti
Cool off at one of these lake- and river-side campgrounds. Activities like boating, fishing, sailing and swimming provide endless summer fun.
Hike Mount Prospect, bike scenic trails, or cool off with water sports in the "Queen of American Lakes". From downtown shops and arcades to waterfront activities, you will have a hard time fitting in all the fun.
Set sail on Deer Creek Reservoir near Park City where winds sweep in from the canyon giving sailors, kiteboarders and windsurfers reliable fun.
West of Steamboat Springs, Yampa River State Park offers 134 miles of river for fishing, boating, and exploring.
Lake Cascade is popular with sailors and windsurfers but attracts a great deal of fisherman too. The surrounding area is well suited for mountain biking, bird watching and photography.
Lake Umbagog was voted one of the top 10 places to kayak in New England. Canoe, kayak and rowboat rentals on site make it easy to get your fix.
There may be waterfront camping but the real secret to this site is the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Hike or go horseback riding through 28 miles of beautiful backcountry. Fishing is also permitted and lake tours are available.
Blue Spring is home to more than 200 manatees in the winter, but there is plenty to see and do in the summer. In addition to river tours you can swim, snorkel, dive, and kayak in the 72-degree water.
From fishing and archery to swimming and boating, this recreation area just outside of Lincoln offers a wide range of activities.
Take in a Broadway show at the Jenny Wiley Theatre or head out for a round of disc golf on the new 18-hole course. With volleyball and basketball courts at the campground and 1,100-acre Dewey Lake nearby, it's the perfect escape for your whole family.
Set along the Wisconsin River, Council Grounds has 217 feet of beach, a fishing pier and wooded trails. Waterskiing and swimming are popular activities.
Get your fishing poles ready: Natchez Lake is the site of the largest bass caught in Mississippi. If the fish aren't biting check out the oldest settlement on the Mississippi River--just 10 miles away.
Fishing piers, boat docks and record catches make Lake D'Arbonne a fisherman's dream, but the 15,250 acre-lake provides plenty of room for waterskiing too. Cap off the evening with a match at the lighted tennis courts.