Lake Okoboji, Iowa
Nestled in the northwest corner of Iowa, Lake Okoboji, its east and west portions and Spirit Lake a little farther north offer Midwesterners a place to let loose a bit - without leaving the nation's heartland.
During the summer, these lakes are host to such events as regattas, 3.5-mile open-water swims and huge fireworks displays on Spirit and Okoboji. Attractions on the shore include a Hooters, ski and boat rentals, parasailing, an amusement park and PWC rentals.
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
With more shoreline than the entire state of California, Missouri's man-made Lake of the Ozarks has plenty of room for cruising, exploring and partying.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the lake is filled with revelers of all ages and interests. There are places to rent houseboats and ski boats and plenty of places to stay on shore. The lake has three state parks with launching facilities, two Army Corps of Engineers launches and ramps at practically every resort and marina. When the party is in full swing in some coves, you can walk from boat to boat for miles. Arrive early and make reservations.
Lake Shasta, California
Boardstock -- Toward the end of summer, Lake Shasta explodes to life with a celebration of one of the hottest extreme sports at Wake Boarding magazine's Boardstock. Boardstock showcases the talents of some of the best wakeboarders in the world. Add to that excitement about 3,000 people aboard all manner of watercraft, good food and drink, and you have an alternative party that is worth writing home about.
Lake Shasta features some 370 miles of shoreline and
Lake Havasu, Arizona
Memorial Day kicks off the season for this lake that forms the border between California and Arizona. And what a kickoff it is. Everything from PWC racing and pontoons to offshore racing boats converge on the area to create one of the hottest parties in the West. Bring the beer, suntan lotion and an open mind.
Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota
In what looks a psychological ink-blot test on a map, Lake Minnetonka is Minnesota's premier party lake. Situated about 12 miles from downtown Minneapolis, the lake features 15,000 acres, 110 miles of shoreline, more than 10 restaurants accessible by Jet Ski's and enough secluded coves to call your own.
Big Island is located in the middle of Minnetonka. On weekdays during the summer as many as 50 boats raft up at the island to celebrate the season. On weekends, a couple of hundred boats and Jet Ski's converge on the island and let loose. With four towns accessible by Jet Ski's, there's always someplace to go on Minnetonka
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