In its article "Last one in is Muskie Bait," Sports Afield magazine listed the top 10 recreational lakes in the U.S. for "swimming, fishing, camping, sailing, water skiing or just throwing a barbecue with friends and family - there's no finer summer getaway than the shores of these fun waters."
The first lake listed is Lake Powell. According to the magazine, "Of anywhere under the sun, the houseboat party culture is in prime form on Powell."Also making the list is Flaming Gorge. "Ninety-one miles of the Green (River) are now bottled up by the gorge dam and bordered by rock walls and the Ashley National Forest's mosaic of evergreens and juniper pines."
Others listed were Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison, Colo.; Okoboji and Spirit Lakes in Spirit Lake, Iowa; Lake Charlevoix in Charlevoix, Mich.; Lake of the Woods in Warroad, Minn.; Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo.; Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfebro, N.H.; Lake Cham-plain in Burlington, Vt.; and Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Va.