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Old     (antoddio)      Join Date: Dec 2006       02-02-2010, 9:52 PM Reply   
I'm looking for a nice lake around the midwest for a week trip of relaxing and boarding/skiing. Looking to rent a house for a week. In past years we have gone to smith mountain lake, va and norris lake, tn. I flew there on those occasions, however now I'm taking my boat and I'm coming from Wisconsin.

I had looked at Lake Barkley/Kentucky Lake (a beautiful lake I imagine), and that's ~550 miles and the furthest I want to travel. I'm wondering if there are any lakes that may be nice and a bit closer. Friends will be traveling from Ohio, so I guess I'd like to avoid going straight west if there is even anything over there.

Looking for mid-late June, so the water should be warm just about anywhere.

Old     (kyrider85)      Join Date: Jan 2010       02-02-2010, 10:09 PM Reply   
i lived about an hour away from lake barkley/kentucky lake. not the best riding spot, big lake and has tons of coves but the main lake is always rough
Old     (lseghatch)      Join Date: Aug 2005       02-03-2010, 11:15 AM Reply   
google maps would help you in this situation. Could stumble upon a diamond in the rough.
Old     (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       02-03-2010, 11:37 AM Reply   
Save some money and come up north a little bit (Central Wisco)... My neighbor rents his house out (beautiful house) about 100 yards from a bar on the lake... keep your boat right on the water if you want... he has a lift too

Wisconsin Dells would be an awesome place to ride

our lake is super mellow during the week... the cable is close, maybe worth a consideration
Old     (ryoder)      Join Date: Feb 2009       02-03-2010, 4:46 PM Reply   
check out the Syracuse IN area.. its in northern indiana. tons of lakes, and great riders. would be a perfect place to chill and ride, its actually already a very popular place to do exactly what you are talking about!
Check out Lake Syracuse, Dewart Lake, Lake Tippy, Lake Wawasee, and Webster lake.. there are sooo many more too in the area!
cheers and good luck
Old     (mofreestyle)      Join Date: Jan 2006       02-03-2010, 8:40 PM Reply   
Bull Shoals, Arkansas is your answer my friend.
Old     (sodaksooner)      Join Date: Nov 2009       02-04-2010, 5:17 AM Reply   
+1, never boarded there, but it is a cool lake...and the trout fishing is good I hear :-)
Old     (dave23)      Join Date: Nov 2006       02-04-2010, 9:36 AM Reply   
If you would be at all interested in camping you should check out Truman Lake. It's located in Warsaw, MO. Outside of the lake there is really nothing to do.

BPulsher, I think you are thinking of Lake Taneycomofor the trout fishing!
Old     (sodaksooner)      Join Date: Nov 2009       02-04-2010, 9:54 AM Reply   
I was actually thinking of the river below the dam, not the lake itself. Actually the only time I have ever been there was a business trip to Mountain Home. We went up and looked at the lake (which was really nice) and ate at a trout restaurant below the dam. Fishing activity was high though. BTW...I hate trout. Ate like twice a week as a kid
Old    dust3313            02-04-2010, 8:02 PM Reply   
not to be a downer but i would stay away from lake webster. gets blown out super easily and the only spot shielded from the wind is small and after you get two boats in there the glass is gone
Old     (ryoder)      Join Date: Feb 2009       02-05-2010, 11:35 AM Reply   
dusty thats true.. i live in that area and def not one of my favorite lakes to ride. i was just giving options.. but its true, not a lot of places to hid from the wind and it tends to be loaded up with fishing boats
Old     (02wakesettervlx)      Join Date: Jun 2001       02-05-2010, 6:46 PM Reply   
Lake Cumberland is much better than Barkley or Kentucy Lake.
Old     (wakenation)      Join Date: Feb 2008       02-05-2010, 7:29 PM Reply   
If you are in Cincinnati, be sure to make it to Wake Nation.
Old     (ponder86)      Join Date: Mar 2008       02-06-2010, 8:42 AM Reply   
Bull Shoals Lake is where you want to go
Old     (njskier)      Join Date: Jul 2005       02-07-2010, 8:05 AM Reply   
I've heard LOTO (Lake of the Ozarks) is a must see. Get a lake map, otherwise you will get lost so I'm told.
Old     (dougr)      Join Date: Dec 2009       02-07-2010, 8:18 AM Reply   
if you want to come a little east, deep creek lake in oakland md, is a resort lake, has rentals from 5 room to 50 rooms, million dollar area, wisp sky resort at the lake, alot to do, restaurants on the water, just about anything you would want they have, the water will be warm by june
Old     (02wakesettervlx)      Join Date: Jun 2001       02-07-2010, 8:49 AM Reply   
Did everyone see the 550 mile limit? Bull Shoals, Lake of the Ozarks, and some of the other lakes are out of that range. Just saying. Cumberland would be the nicest lake closest to where he wants to be.
Old     (antoddio)      Join Date: Dec 2006       02-07-2010, 9:08 AM Reply   
^^ Yea, thanks for pointing that out. I have also been to cumberland before, very nice lake...just a touch further than kentucky lake.

Anyone been to Eagle/Wolf creek in Illinois? Looks to be a decent sized lake and would cut a few hours off the drive. However I was having problems finding any place to rent down there.
Old     (02wakesettervlx)      Join Date: Jun 2001       02-07-2010, 9:50 AM Reply   
Never been there. Shelbyville can be nice though. Far be it from me though, WI, has more and nicer lakes than IL. You won't find anything even close to Norris in IL.
Old     (stepintoliquid)      Join Date: Sep 2005       02-07-2010, 12:49 PM Reply   
+1 for Lake of The Ozarks. You can always find some butter, its super deep, and the party scene is phenominal!
Old     (ebrown)      Join Date: Oct 2006       02-09-2010, 6:20 PM Reply   
check out this place. Huge house, right on the water with a boat slip and boat ramp. 1/2 mile from the sandbar where everyone goes to party on this lake.


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