Not all beach vacations are at exotic locations or even on the ocean. In Wisconsin, we love to spend time “Up North” or “At the Cottage,” and a lake vacation makes for a great getaway, and one you can easily share with family at an affordable price. I just spent a week with the extended family at a Lake House on the Chain O’ Lakes in Waupaca, Wisconsin, a beautiful chain of about 20 small clear-water lakes in the central part of the state. Even though this vacation was late in the summer season, we lucked out with great weather that allowed us to do all the things you want to do on a beach vacation:
- Pontoon Boating
- Sandbar Partying
- Lakeside Dining
We even took a river tubing excursion. If you ever get to the Waupaca area, I highly recommend a tubing trip down the Crystal River, an aptly named crystal clear shallow river that winds through the central Wisconsin countryside. As you float at a slow to moderate pace across the alternately sandy and rocky riverbed, you’ll see plenty of fish, crayfish, turtles, herons, and much more. We rented the most comfortable tubes I have ever experienced (complete with back support for my aging back) from Ding’s Dock, which dropped us off at the landing point and transported us to the starting point for the 1 to 1½ hour floating journey through the quaint, quiet, heavily wooded central Wisconsin countryside. It’s a great – and inexpensive – trip for vacationers of any age.
Of course, a week at The Lake is about much more than hanging out on the water: Playing cards and board games after hours at the kitchen table, telling stories around the campfire, biking and even shopping.
But what it is really about is spending time laughing and enjoying company of friends and family away from the hustle and bustle and stresses and demands of everyday life. In other words, just kicking back and enjoying the beach.
Yes, trips to Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii make for fantastic winter getaways. But a week at The Lake can’t be beat for summer fun!
What is your favorite lake vacation?