Unlike most other water sports, you don’t need the huge waves of an ocean to best experience the pleasures of stand-up paddle boarding. You can more than make do with the waters of an exciting lake and that forms the subject of today’s discussion as we bring you the very best of SUP lakes.
- Lake Mead, Nevada
We’re off to the Silver State for our curtain raiser which is the enthralling man-made Lake Mead. The lake was formed as a result of the construction of Hoover Dam on River Colorado more than eight decades ago and provides 112 miles of watery delight to savor.
If you consider yourself a history buff then you’ll certainly enjoy unraveling the crucial chapters of the past that the dam holds within its walls. If not, then soothing waters crashing against endearing sandy shores home to vibrant forest cover is sure to tickle your fancy. Mead’s proximity to Las Vegas also proves a strong selling point for many.
- Lake Tahoe, California
Holding the world title of the deepest, largest, and clearest alpine lake, Tahoe is sandwiched between Nevada and California and gives major oceans a run for their money. In the US, its 1,645 feet depth means it’s only second to Oregon’s Crater Lake in that regard. It is also similarly positioned when it comes to volume as its 36 cubic miles capacity is only surpassed by the five Great Lakes of North America.
With endless miles of glass-esque backdrops and cool water temperatures made so by a constantly cool climate, it is as if this lake was meant for the sole purpose of the sport. Factor in the lush pine trees that necklace the water body and you have yourself a serene spot for some excellent fun on the water.
- Maligne Lake, Canada
The Great White North is well known for its unyielding politeness but aside from that, it’s also famous for its natural beauty. It becomes clearly apparent just why the latter is the case when you take one glance at the stunning Maligne Lake. Located 27 miles south of Jasper town and nestled between snow-laden peaks and vivacious greenery, Maligne is simply breathtaking
An adventure-riddled journey across the wildlife-imbued Jasper National Park means that there’s never a dull moment on the water hence why it is perfect for SUP. A total shore length of about 28 miles, a mean depth of 115 feet and a surface area of 7.6 square miles make up some of the other reasons why that is the case.
- Lost Lake, Colorado
Why is the Lost Lake of Colorado good for paddle boarding? Well, it’s simple. It’s so gorgeous that it seems straight out of a fairy tale. Unadulterated nature takes occupancy of the untamed lands in the vicinity splendidly complimenting the tranquil waters with the youthful green of new vegetation. Alluring mountain ranges battle for residence with the domineering plant life nicely rounding off a landscape devoid of modern interference.
If your furry feline or doggo has a penchant for the sport as well- or is just in no mood to be left behind- you can also bring him/her along for the ride as there isn’t a no-pet allowed policy here.
- Jenny Lake, Wyoming
This glacial lake is famous for SUP thanks largely to an out worldly scenery of towering peaks peering into the clouds and gentle waters nonchalantly coursing underneath. Its location at the core of Grand Teton National Park puts several climbing routes, picturesque boat rides and hiking trails at your fingertips.
Jenny was classified a pristine lake by a past study which substantiated the quality of water therein to be of the highest standard exhibiting very little water or general pollution. It is therefore very accurate to say that you can look forward to 1,191 acres of fresh air.
- Fremont Lake, Wyoming
Staying within the second least populated state and more specifically in Pinedale town, or rather 3.2 miles off it, Fremont Lake earns a slot on this list for its impeccable aesthetics. As with the aforementioned, a theme of well-kempt nature reverberates throughout in a lake that has become synonymous with highly-coveted annual celebrations such as the Big Fish Ice Derby and the Sailing Regatta.
Freemont’s depth of 610 feet ranks it seventh in the US whiles its 0.5-mile width and 12-mile length see it emerge runners up as the state’s largest natural lake. Wildlife is in generous serving here and you are likely to stumble upon eccentric water birds, mule deers, and moose among many other eye-catching animals.
That’s it for our list but other great lakes for paddle boarding also include the idyllic Lake Bled in Slovenia, France’s Sainte-Croix Lake which is actually great for beginners, and the wondrous Lake Bohinj also in Slovenia. If you happen to live around one of those lakes, just grab your inflatable paddle board and head out for a nice day of paddle boarding.