Advice for a lake holiday in the USA or Canada

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1. Posted by sarahmcgregoruk (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,I'm new here! And was hoping for some destination advice.

We are looking for a holiday destination in North America or Canada. We will be flying from Barcelona/Madrid in Spain. Either spring or autumn time. Our requirements are as follows.

Lake side cabin or house to hire for a family of 4
Kayaks or paddle boards to hire
To be able to swim in the lake
Close ish to shops/amenities - so not too in the middle of nowhere!
Close by hiking routes
Close to a national park
Amazing lake and mountain views ☺️

I look forward to hearing anyone's recommendations.
Thanks!!

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 2061 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Lake Tahoe, California. Here is the TravellersPoint Guide for South Lake Tahoe. There is probably one for Tahoe too if you do a search here. Click here for the TP South Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

3. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 327 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

I would say Lake Tahoe as well but do be aware that the lake water is cold. Fall would be better than spring. You'd be between 2.5 - 3 hours road transit from Yosemite National Park. I wouldn't try to do it as a day trip but that's me, and if you wanted to stay the park, you need to book months in advance.

As far as other locations, the further north you would go in the spring, the colder the lake water. Same for upper altitudes so I wouldn't go to Canada or anywhere in the Northern U.S. You might have to give up one of your preferences, such as a mountain view.

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2928 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I wondered if the Lake of the Ozarks was the type of place you'd find lakeside cabins? Maybe missing the mountain views / national parks nearby?

The ones I know are in the wrong place. In the English Lake District the Lingholm Estate by Derwentwater has a nice boathouse holiday rental. Probably similar at Coniston and Windermere lakes. Or in NZ I think there are cabins by Lake Tekapo and Lake Ohau. Not quite where you asked.

5. Posted by SergioMorte (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

i am going there next week from Germany

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2928 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting SergioMorte

i am going there next week from Germany

Where?

7. Posted by emafia (Budding Member 8 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

In my opinion you can go for the Quebec city there is many things to see.

8. Posted by 55vineyard (Full Member 188 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

My choice would be Lake Tahoe as well, but it is cold to swim so you might want to see about renting wetsuits.
Second choice would be Table Rock Lake near the Ozark Mountains, lots of water sports, right next door to Branson for plenty of music venues and some of the best BBQ outside of Texas. A late friend of mine had a house there.
Don't rule out State Parks, our National Parks are great but in some instances (the Redwoods NP in California comes to mind) the state snapped up the best tracts of land first.

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2561 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I assume since you specifiy a lake that you don't want salt water. That eliminates a lot of the places I know about. There are places in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York which might work but would be a little cold for swimmng.

Blue Ridge Lake in Georgia might work for you. I've never been there so I don't know how cold it is. There is an outfitter there that rents all kinds of water toys

We went tubing on Lake Burton in Rabun County, GA in June and it was swimmable and you could rent boats and kayaks. But most of the houses on the lake are big expensive ones so I don't know about cabin rental and it is also pretty rural there.

There is Treasure Lake in Pennsylvania near a town called DuBois (north of Pittsburgh) which has cottage rentals on the lake. I don't know how cold the water would be or if there would be rental kayaks There are all kinds of vacation rental cabins in Pennyslvania and fall would be the off season

10. Posted by josephtony (Inactive 5 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Canada is the least expensive if you come from any other country.