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Joys of Lake Camping Are Seemingly Infinite

By Rick Hazeltine

Lake TahoeEvery outdoor enthusiast has a little Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer in them, which is probably why lake camping is becoming more popular. There are few more carefree notions than that of a warm, lazy day with your line in the water trying to catch dinner. And not really caring if you do.

Of course, there is a lot more to lake campgrounds than fishing, which brings us to another reason lake camping is growing in popularity — variety.

Whether you want a rustic adventure or (nearly) all the comforts of home, you can find lake campgrounds to meet your needs. There are cool mountain lakes and lakes in the desert. You can find lakes made just for a fishing campground or a private one dedicated to swimming.

To help you decide on what type of lake camping experience you want, here are some aspects of lake campgrounds to consider.


Wherever there is water, there are likely kids. What’s more fun to a child than swimming, looking for tadpoles and catching a fish?

That’s why you need to consider what you are looking for when lake camping. If you have kids, you will have plenty of activities for the kids right out your tent or RV door.

But with water, there is a safety element. You will need to pay extra attention to the little ones, even if they are good swimmers. Sometimes, that floating stick that looks like an alligator can be too tempting to ignore for a child’s imagination.

So make sure you go over the ground rules with your child when staying at lake campgrounds.

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