4 of the best boating lakes in the US this year

Tom Keer

It’s after Labor Day, but people in the following communities don’t even think about winterizing their boats! They live on some of the best boating lakes for a reason. Our country has many top boating lakes, but these four boating locations are truly unique.

1. Seattle, Washington Boating Lakes

My son lives in Seattle and says the coastal city draws more boaters to the Pacific, but Lake Union and Lake Washington are more unique. Not only do people live on the water, but many also work for Microsoft and Boeing. Your daily work commutes by boat, which is very different from most of us. The temperate climate results in an almost year-round boating community.

2. Boating in Knoxville, Tennessee

I was in Knoxville for work this summer. People beat the heat by boating on Fort Loudon Lake. The Tennessee River connects downtown to the lake, making it easy for you to get on the water. It’s no surprise that boat companies like Bayliner and Sea Ray are headquartered in the area. They will be using Tellico Lake to test their new models prior to release. And since it’s football season, University of Tennessee fans have the hatchback on their boats instead of in parking lots. Boating safety tips should include enough PDFs as well as a designated captain who doesn’t party like a rock star.

3. Boating lakes in Otter Tail County, Minnesota

The land of 10,000 boating lakes in Minnesota. A short boating season is only obscured by increased attendance. While the technical number of lakes is 1,048, Otter Tail County has the most lakes in a county, as well as some of the best boating lakes in the United States. It’s so much a question of where to go boating. It’s more about how many lakes you can experience in your life.

4. Boating in Finger Lakes, New York

How can there be no boating and fishing in a place called Finger Lakes? The New York upstate area has 11 long lakes that are arranged like fingers on a hand. Add in seasonal perch and lake trout fishing derbies, boat rentals, and boating communities, and you’ll have lots of fun. If you’re unsure how to ride the boat, hop on a cruise ship.

There are the best boating lakes in all regions of our country. So keep your boat in the water, find places to go boating and fishing, and enjoy the fall!

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.