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.
Redfish Lake, Idaho
Redfish Lake, famous for the shoreline lodge that shares its name, is everything everyone wants a mountain lake to be. Surrounded by dense woods and spiky mountains, the lake is thick with Rainbow Trout and ensnared by a maze of hiking trails. In summer, the water is warmer than one would expect (just don't try to dive) and offers a refreshing break from the intense Idaho sun. Add to all that the fact that the lake is just a quick drive from the charming town of Stanley and the Salmon River, and you've got a Western winner.