With Labor Day and the end of the summer quickly approaching, you’re going to want to use every opportunity to spend time outdoors before the weather starts to turn cool, and there’s really no better place to do it than by the lakeside. Whether you’re looking to hike, camp, or just make a day trip to chill out by the water, it’s hard to get much better than these ten American lakes.
Lake Okeechobee, Florida
Okeechobee is Seminole for "big water," and the Florida lake known as The Big O is certainly that: At 730 square miles, it's the state's biggest lake, and probably its best freshwater fishery, too. "While there are plenty of great bass fisheries in Florida, Lake Okeechobee is better right now than it has been in years," says VanDam. Although be warned: Since the O is just 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, 60 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 45 miles from the Everglades, a casual trip can quickly turn into a grand fishing tour of southern Florida.
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