The ocean is the pounding pulse from whence life began. The mountains give us a sense of awe and majesty.
But a lake, especially an uncrowded lake in a beautiful setting, is a treat unlike any other.
Gildshire knows, and loves, Lake George in New York State. Gildshire has boated across Crater Lake in Oregon, and eaten more than one hot dog on Oak Street Beach in Chicago.
But ssshh, come closer. We want to tell you about lakes just as beautiful as those named above. Largely unspoiled by teeming crowds these pristine waterways are available for boating, fishing, relaxing and a refreshing dip as the sun begins to fall in the West.
Siltcoos Lake: Between the picturesque towns of Reedsport and Florence, Ore. find Siltcoos Lake. At almost 3,200 acres, the Siltcoos is the largest freshwater lake on the rugged Oregon Coast. Perfect for relaxing and enjoying the unmatched scenery of Western Oregon, the Siltcoos Trail will also lead you three miles from its western shore to the mighty Pacific. Getting there: Fly into Eugene, 80 miles to the northeast. Take Highway 126 to Florence and turn South on Hwy 101.
Torch Lake: 19 miles long, Michigan’s Torch Lake boasts some of the clearest water in the Lower 48. Never overly crowded, at 18,770 acres Torch Lake can handle a weekend full of tourists and disperse them so everyone feels like they have the place to themselves. Lake trout, rock bass, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass call Torch Lake home, and can also find a home on your dinner plate. Getting there: Fly into Traverse City, 17 miles to the southwest. Take Hwy. 31through Elk Rapids.
Lake Willoughby: Vermont is loaded with as much charm as a vacationer could possibly want. Lake Willoughby is just a small part of that charm. But, just as Vermont is about to become New Hampshire, it shows off this crystal splendor. The highest lake in our list, Willoughby’s 1,169 foot elevation chills the water to a glacial crispness. Getting there: Fly into Montpelier, 62 miles southwest. Take Hwy. 2 through St. Johnsbury.
Park Point: Looking for a secluded beachfront to someday make your home? You could do worse than Minnesota’s Park Point. Sometimes called the perfect beach settlement, Park Point is long on relaxation and short on crowds. Park Point’s proximity to Lake Superior means the presence of more wave activity than a lake usually sees. Getting there: You want easy? Gildshire will give you easy. Duluth’s Sky Harbor airport is 1.5 miles from Park Point.
Big Bay: Sure, lounging on the beautiful Big Bay, Wisconsin beach is fun. But that can get old. Kayaking, fishing charters, sailing, and hiking are available in abundance on Wisconsin’s Big Bay. Located on Madeline Island, Big Bay is actually three beaches in one. A part of beautiful Lake Superior, Big Bay offers vacationers a rich and varied menu of leisure life. Getting there: Fly into Duluth’s Sky Harbor Airport, 90 miles to the west. Take Hwy. 2 east to Hwy. 13 N. Catch a ferry in Bayfield to the park.
Gildshire wishes you a happy and healthy late summer vacation. Now, if you could just rub a little lotion on our back…