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Our 5 Favorite Southern Lakes

Aug 18, 2020
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Looking for the perfect summer weekend destination? Two words: lake day. Here’s the thing about southern lakes: you can do something on the water almost 365-days a year. Besides boating, you can fish, paddle board, swim, water ski, kneeboard or wakeboard, and off the water birdwatch, cycle, hike and plenty more! Take advantage of these Southern warmer months on the open water making memories with friends and family.

Stay cool and have fun in these hot spots perfect for long days aboard your Chaparral:

Lake Oconee, GA

Just 75 miles east of Atlanta, Lake Oconee sits on 35 wooded acres and sits as Georgia's second-largest lake. At Lake Oconee, you can spend your entire vacation staying cool and submerged. On the lake, guests water-ski, fish, kayak, and canoe, several luxurious resorts on property make it a great spot for vacations and socially-distant reunions.

Lake Murray, South Carolina

Locals and travelers take to the waters of Lake Murray, and it’s easy to see why: the lake’s calm water is just right for a relaxing and a stable ride if that’s your speed. Launch at Dreher Island State Park, Lake Murray Marina or at a number of public ramps scattered around the lake. Most marinas sell food, fuel, ice, bait and, if you’d like, can provide overnight parking. If you prefer the quieter side of the lake, consider spending the entire day at Dreher Island State Park, where you can anchor, paddle-board, kayak and swim from a sandy beach. 

Lake Martin, Alabama 

One of the largest man-made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular spot for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. Several marinas and campgrounds are available for public use. On the weekends, boats beach at Chimney Rock, a local-favorite cliff-jumping spot near the dam. The natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and its many islands, satisfy the nature enthusiast.

Lake Douglas, TN

This lake is located only 30-45 minutes from the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area, and also the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you love the water, it's worth the trek. Boating, swimming, water skiing, and fishing await you. This lake is a fisherman’s paradise. It’s been rated in the top 5 Crappie Fishing Lakes in the nation and in the top 10 Largemouth Bass Fishing Lakes. 

Lake Allatoona, GA

Allatoona covers more than 12,000 acres and has 270 miles of shoreline. There are plenty of marinas, and boat-related services, found along the shore of the lake. This massive lake is great for boating and fishing. Whether you want to cruise the shoreline, go fishing, swimming or hiking, Lake Allatoona has it all; even if you’re simply looking to rest. You can also find over 25 parks, eight marinas, ten campgrounds and several places to fish around the shores of the lake—making a great place for a long weekend or extended stay!