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Enjoy a Lake Day!

By Katy Sommerfeld

Summer is nearly here, folks, and if you’re like me, the warm weather is beckoning you to sandy beaches and ocean waves. You find yourself daydreaming at work about snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and swimming, but there’s just one huge problem: you don’t live remotely close to an ocean! 

What can you do if you live inland and can’t take off work for a beachy adventure? Get out there on the lake!

Some of my favorite memories from childhood were made on the lake. The lake is where I first learned to paddle a kayak and to drive a boat, and its where I connected the most with my grandparents. It’s the perfect place for family, friends, kids, and adults to make sweet summertime memories.

There are dozens of fun things to do while enjoying a lake day, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best activities for you and your family and friends to try out while you’re out on the water.


1. Water sports

Have you ever tried your hand at kayaking or canoeing? Now is your chance! It is so fun and easy to paddle your own boat, and if you choose a canoe, you and your friends can paddle together. There are lots of boat rental companies in towns near rivers and lakes, so it won’t be hard to find an affordable canoe or kayak to take out on the water. Give it a go this summer!

2. Fishing

Many people love fishing for the relaxing nature of it and the excitement that comes when something starts to pull on your line. If you like to fish, the lake is the perfect place to do so. Whether you fish from land or from a boat, you’ll be able to practice your hobby in peace out on the lake.

3. Playing in the sand

Lots of lakes have sandy manmade beaches for the kiddos to play at. It’s the perfect area to make sandcastles and chase around friends. If you’re older, you can have a picnic here, or spend some time sunbathing. You might start to forget you’re not at the ocean!

4. Boating

If you need a fun weekend trip with your friends and you’re looking to have a little party, boating may be the perfect thing for you. Take a boat out on the water, bring some beer and snacks and enjoy the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin as you ride across the water. Talk about a relaxing vacation!

5. Tubing

Tubing is a crowd favorite for lake goers. Attach an intertube to a boat and glide along the lake’s waters, going slow for a calm ride or fast if you’re into the extreme. It’s great for the kids and the grownups and will give you some great memories. Don’t forget to take some awesome pictures of your tubing experiences!

What are you waiting for! Plan a lake day sometime this summer. You will not be disappointed, and the memories will last a lifetime. Make sure you remember to capture them, and send your old captured memories over to Southtree. Our team of professionals will digitize them so you can relive them for years to come! 

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