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  • Best Year Round Lake Living - Not in Florida

    If you could, or do, live on a lake year-round (not in Florida) what lake would it be?

  • #2
    We visit my friend on Lake Keowee In November and March each year. I would love to be there full time since for a northerner it’s rideable all year. Im sure the guys down there might feel differently about riding in winter but if the water is always above 50 I could care less.


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    • #3
      I am anxious to see more replies.

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      • #4
        https://waketowake.tc/ seems to be doing ok in Turks
        2017 GS22
        2018 G23

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        • #5
          Plenty of waterfront places to live on the Sacramento River or Delta.

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          • #6
            Over 1,100 miles of waterways that aren’t land locked like lakes.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by markj View Post
              Plenty of waterfront places to live on the Sacramento River or Delta.
              With the added benefit of being able to wakeboard with sea lions


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              • #8
                Too bad it's in Cali. With the taxes, cost of living, garbage gas, gas prices and homeless problems California is a hard place to make work for a lot of people. Beautiful state but there's a reason so many people are fleeing for other destinations.

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                • #9
                  Well, I just moved to Lake Lanier (north ATL) a year ago and absolutely love the Lake Life. We ski from March til Dec. The weekends suck as the weekend warriors show up in droves and we've had at least 2 drownings already this year. I live in a narrow but deep cove with 18 feet of water under my dock at full pool so weekends are for chilling out in the cove all day drinking, grilling and chilling with most of my neighbors/ ski buds. I highly recommend it.
                  If you can't do it in, on, or behind a Nautique..... It just ain't worth doing!

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                  • #10
                    Kind of open ended... do you mean a lake you can ride on without a wet suit year 'round or ride with a wet/dry suit year round or just a nice year round lake?

                    Lots of Texas lakes that fit the last two criteria: Highland Lakes, Travis, Cedar Creek, Possum Kingdom and more... but they range from March/April to October/Nov without some type of wetsuit.

                    This was a 121 year record, but it got down to -6F in February at Possum Kingdom and our part of the lake was almost frozen across. A more typical winter will see consistent highs in the 40s/50s, lows in the 30s, a couple nights into the 20s. Add 5-10 deg to each of those for Highland Lakes and Travis.

                    I really like Possum Kingdom but it's not a place known for schools or nearby metropolitan amenities. If I could live on *any* lake full time year 'round with no regards to boating or water temps, and mostly just scenery Tahoe would have to be up there, same with Burton in GA, Lure in NC, and Jackson Lake in WY. But those aren't practical for various reasons.

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                    • #11
                      No votes for MN, huh? LOL.

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                      • #12
                        Or MI. Absolutely beautiful lakes and countryside but very short boating seasons. I just got the boat on the lift yesterday and pulled it 3rd week in September. You could probably get 3 or 4 weeks on either side of that with wet/dry suits but it won't be comfortable and you'd still have to deal with getting all your gear in/out of the water. This is part of the reason you see so many low hour boat from the north.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bturner View Post
                          Or MI. Absolutely beautiful lakes and countryside but very short boating seasons. I just got the boat on the lift yesterday and pulled it 3rd week in September. You could probably get 3 or 4 weeks on either side of that with wet/dry suits but it won't be comfortable and you'd still have to deal with getting all your gear in/out of the water. This is part of the reason you see so many low hour boat from the north.
                          Eh we run from mid April through November in Wisconsin. I’ll admit I don’t surf until it warms up but it doesn’t bother us to wakeboard at all.


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                          • #14
                            I USED to as well when I was younger, but now..... I'll pass. I had a top, shorty and bag dry suit that I would progressively work out of then into as the seasons progressed. I also used to do the Polar Bear charity events one of the local dealers put on every year the first week of December. That one was cold almost every year I did it. It got canceled a couple times due to ice on the lake. These days..... I'll drive someone else's boat if they need someone or watch the younger folk from the dock and drink beer.

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                            • #15
                              Sorry, I guess I was looking for more first-hand experience or specific goals. For example, I don't live on a lake, but Lewis Smith in Alabama looks pretty cool and a place I would definitely check out.

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