When summer sizzles, these lakes will refresh
Brian Payne

When summer sizzles, these lakes will refresh

Sunset

Summer and lakes go together like ... well, like paddles andcanoes. The sun climbs high in the August sky, inviting you tobask, then leading you to think, Oh, if only I could cool down. Andthere it is, shimmering blue before you: the lake.

The West is blessed in lakes large and small from puddle-sizeponds ideal for catching tadpoles to vast bodies of water thatgenerate their own weather systems and can be seen from outerspace.

In this story, we focus mainly on lesser-known lakes that areperfect for summer vacationing - lakes with great scenery, greatlodging and camping options, and lots of things to do. Or not todo, that being one of a lake's other charms: It invites you to doabsolutely nothing, blissfully, from now until Labor Day, and maybebeyond.

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