9 Lake Sports to Spice-Up the Warm Season
You may not have an ocean close to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy recreational water activities! Lake living can be just as fun, with fewer unpredictable waves, less salt water, and warmer temperatures. Activities can be safer, as well, with fewer variables and calmer winds. If you’re lucky enough to have access to a lake, here are some fun lake sports (other than swimming!) that you can enjoy with just a little bit of extra equipment.
Kayaking – These small and inexpensive canoes have light frames and an opening that allows you to sit on the bottom of the boat; you can even buy inflatable ones. Simply push them into the water, grab a paddle, and go as fast or slow as you want.
Canoeing – Lightweight, narrow, and open boats can often hold more than one person, as well as supplies. These stable and roomy boats are paddle-operated, so you’ll be rowing. Canoes are great for family leisure time and exploration.
Paddle boating – Paddle boats and pedal boats are very popular on closed systems like lakes. They have no motors, and usually require two people to power the boat by pedaling with their feet. Paddle boats are a relaxing, family-friendly option for lake fun.
Tubing – Basically, when tubing you’re riding on an inner tube in the water. They can be towed by boats for a faster, more thrilling ride, or you can use them for free-floating tubing, to let yourself go with the water’s flow. You use webbed gloves to steer.
Paddleboarding – You can lie down, settle on your knees, or stand on a paddleboard or surfboard. You’ll just use your arms to move, or, if you’re standing, a paddle. It’s a great full-body workout, offering unique views.
Water-skiing – This sport consists of people skimming the water on skis as they’re pulled by a boat. Because it requires a smooth stretch of water, it’s ideal for lakes. Good water-skiers can do tricks; balance and strength is required.
Wakeboarding – Ride a wakeboard over the surface of the water while being towed by a motorboat! This sport is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing, and isn’t hard to learn – although doing tricks might take a bit more time.
Windsurfing – On a lake, this mixture of surfing and sailing can feel less daunting than in an ocean because the nearby land provides security. Waves and wind aren’t as unpredictable or wild, either. This is a dynamic sport that’s not hard to learn, and offers great exercise.
Fishing – Once you’re done exhausting yourself, you can enjoy a calmer activity. Fishing in a lake requires nothing but a fishing rod and the right bait. Remember, in lakes fish tend to hang out in cooler water, near sunken structures – and once you find your sweet spot, there’s no going back!
Many lakes will offer rental equipment, so you can try out one or more of these exciting activities with little or no commitment. You’ll be able to find one that suits your ability and interests, no matter what they are. Just remember, the sun can also be strong on lake waters, so protect yourself with sunglasses, hats, cover ups, and a good sport sunscreen, like the highly-rated SolRx SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology.