August 23, 2014 by Jamie Moore
When summer temps blaze, nothing beats running off the end of the dock and plunging cannonball-style into the lake. These 10 iconic American lake destinations, from the sand dunes of Lake Michigan to the red-rock canyon coves of Lake Powell, are perfect escapes. Read on to find out where you can go fly boarding, sandbar socializing, winery hopping by boat, and other on-the-water fun that will keep you wearing flip-flops right into the last days of this glorious season.
Lake Oconee And Lake Sinclair, Lake Country, Georgia
What We Love: An hour east of Atlanta, Georgia's Lake Country is the perfect escape for urbanites who want to cool off in two sprawling lakes and ease into the pace of small-town living. Here, four historic award-winning towns ooze with Southern charm. Milledgeville recently earned a Great American Main Street award, and Madison was ranked among the World's Top 16 Most Picturesque Villages.
What to Do: Jet Skiing, wakeboarding, and water-skiing are longtime favorites on Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair, but this summer, a new activity debuted on Lake Oconee: fly boarding. The boaters who aren't gawking at this water-propelled device that allows you to hover above the water are socializing at the sandbar while sunbathing and playing water football. They often meet up at the Harbor Club's Marina Boathouse for down-home barbecue.
On Shore: Save time to peruse antiques and boutiques in Greensboro. Take a trolley ride in Milledgeville to see the antebellum mansions and gardens.