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Shore Shots: Best Lakes in the Lone Star State

The weather’s warming up and the lakes are calling your name. Texas is home to dozens of beautiful lakes sure to fit your boating lifestyle. Whether you’re an adventure junkie or prefer to take in the views, there’s a body of water awaiting your vessel. Do your research and make sure you get your boating license for Texas before hitting the open waters. Then pack up your sunscreen, towels and visit any one of these top-rated lakes for hours of fun in the sun.

Camping

If you’re looking to make a day and night out of it, Lake Lewisville has it all. Spanning over 29,000 acres and 233 miles of shoreline, there is tons of room for many water activities including kayaking, boating and skiing. Once you’re ready to cozy up by the campfire, chose from one of the many lakeside camp sites available for tent camping, RVs or cabin rentals.

Photo by Chasqui (Luis Tamayo) via Flickr

Recreation

Known as the water recreation capital of Texas, Canyon Lake definitely lives up to its name. Surrounded by scenic rolling hills and bountiful wildlife, this popular boating hot spot is nothing short of a Texas-sized good time. Tubing, rainbow trout fishing, parasailing, snorkeling and raft trips are all part of the on-water experience at Canyon Lake. When you’re ready to plant your feet on the ground, take a break and enjoy the scenery. Be sure to bring your camera as you’ll likely stumble upon white-tail deer grazing around the lake areas.

Photo by Gretchen Mahan via Flickr

Fishing

Designed for premier bass fishing, Lake Fork provides a haven for fishing enthusiasts. Currently holding the record for 34 out of 50 large mouth bass caught in Texas, you’re sure to find your greatest catch here. Lake Fork also is home to several species of fish including catfish, black and white crappie, sunfish and bluegill. As one of the 10 largest lakes in the state, there’s plenty of wide open space to explore. You may consider turning this boating trip into a weekend excursion.

Photo by Travis Isaacs via Flickr

Sporting and Nightlife

Located in the vibrant city of Austin, Lake Travis has it all. From daytime water activities to late night dining and dancing, it offers something for all ages. If your ideal day consists of wake boarding and water skiing followed by happy hour and live music, this is the lake for you. Surrounded by a variety of restaurants, bars and even resort-style lodging, the options for off-water fun are endless. The breathtaking views, award-winning marinas and water-sport equipment rentals make this a hot spot for boating enthusiasts.

Photo of the Oasis overlooking Lake Travis by fletcherjcm via Flickr

Families

Located between the United States and Mexico border, Lake Amistad offers a water wonderland in the desert. The 150-mile drive west of San Antonio is your road to 60,000 acres of water on which to sail, fish or simply relax. This getaway provides a healthy mix of activities for kids to enjoy like swimming, hiking and camping (RV hook ups available). Adults will love the break from the Texas heat and taking in the scenic desert landscape. This area also is adorned with historic Native American rock art that can be explored as a family or on a guided tour.

Photo by slopjop via Flickr

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