5 Great Lake Vacations

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 Float, fish, swim, sail. It’s all possible when you plan a family lake vacation.

Here a five places to consider:

Yellowstone Lake. Yellowstone National Park. For a different view of this high altitude lake, leave the camper vans and crowds behind and travel across the water via cabin cruiser. Then transfer to a sea kayak or canoe and embark

on a short paddle to a small private camp operated by Far & Away Adventures. From this vantage point you and your family will enjoy the serene beauty of this national treasure while tossing a fly line, hiking, observing wild life or paddling to nearby points of interest. Contact: www.Far-Away.com; http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

Lake Coeur d’Alene. This Northern Idaho playground is home to more than 55 lakes, including the namesake recreation area where an endless array of water and land-based adventures lures visitors. Families opt for boating, fishing, kayaking and jet boating but make time to enjoy the biking, hiking and and golf that is in abundance on terra firma. The small town, just 30 minutes from Spokane, has also gained popularity for eclectic shopping, festivals, fairs and art walks, creating a vacation option where everyone finds something to write home about. Contact: 877-782-9232; http://coeurdalene.org/

Lake Michigan. For Midwestern hospitality, cherry picking, and fish boils, head to Northern Wisconsin’s Door County. There are loads of family-friendly, lakeside inns and cottages from which to choose. Bike along tree-covered lanes, tour local lighthouses and take your pick from 53 sandy beaches along Lake Michigan. Canoeing, kayaking, sailing and other water sports are plentiful. Spend an afternoon in search of arts and crafts and tasty ice cream cones. Contact: 800-52-RELAX (73529); www.DoorCounty.com.

Lake Winnipesaukee. Wolfeboro, NH. Long a family favorite, this scenic, central New Hampshire lake is cradled by three mountain ranges. The wooded shoreline and more than 200 small islands make for great picnicking, sunning and simply relaxing on or near the water. Visit local galleries and museums, rent bikes, kayaks and canoes, enjoy community theatre or stroll on the beach. Contact: 1-800-516-5324; www.winnipesaukee.com.

Lake Conroe. Montgomery, TX. The only resort on this 22,000 lake, the 445 suite La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa entices families with a 3.5 acre water park, welcome ice cream treats and miniature golf. Spend the day enjoying water sports on the lake, relax by the pools, schedule a treatment within the 17,000 square-foot spa or tee it up on the 18-hole lake front golf course. Fitness buffs will want to take advantage of the 10,000 square-foot fitness center. Ask about family packages. Contact: 877-286-9590; www.latorrettalakeresort.com