3. Head to Prime Waters
Try these little-known lake destinations to dodge the crowds.
Upper St. Regis Lake in New York
In the 1800s, this Adirondack lake was popular among America’s elite. Nowadays, the crowds are long gone, making the waters perfect for canoeing. Try the Seven Carries, a rigorous 12-mile paddle.
Lake Jocassee in South Carolina
Clean, cold Appalachian streams keep the waters of this 7,500-acre reservoir deep and clear year-round, a rarity in the South.
Lake Vermilion in Minnesota
At 40,000 acres, this north woods beauty is a behemoth. And with 365 islands, it’s easy to find a secluded cove to swim for the day.
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