10 Idyllic Lakes for an End-of-Summer Escape

by - August 23, 2014
(Photo: Getty Images/Jason Todd)

(Photo: Getty Images/Jason Todd)

When summer temps blaze, nothing beats running off the end of the dock and plunging cannonball-style into the lake. These 10 iconic American lake destinations, from the sand dunes of Lake Michigan to the red-rock canyon coves of Lake Powell, are perfect escapes. Read on to find out where you can go fly boarding, sandbar socializing, winery hopping by boat, and other on-the-water fun that will keep you wearing flip-flops right into the last days of this glorious season.


Echo Lake, Acadia National Park, Maine

What We Love: Set within Acadia National Park, this gorgeous freshwater swimming hole is only a few miles from the ocean and within a 20-minute drive of Bar Harbor's charming restaurants and shops. The lake gives you a taste of the Maine summer-camp experience without putting you too far from resort-town amenities.

What to Do: Go swimming in water that's much warmer than the ocean. Lifeguards are on duty throughout summer at Echo Lake. Fishing for brook trout is also popular. Motors of more than 10 horsepower aren't allowed, making this a quiet place for paddling. Need a canoe or kayak? You can rent one in Bar Harbor.

On Shore: Stay at a waterfront cottage or B&B in Bar Harbor, and catch the free park shuttle to Echo Lake's beach and other sites in the park. There are two campgrounds at Acadia, one close to Bar Harbor and the other near Echo Lake. After a weekend here, the kids might be begging to go away to summer camp next year.

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