If you’re gearing for a short spring vacation, you are really spoilt for choice. There are so many interesting things you can do and see around this great country, and spring might be the most beautiful season to experience its natural beauties.
One of the most popular destinations for a spring trip, aside from the ocean, are lakes. According to some estimates, there are over 1600 lakes in the US, so chances are there is one near you. If you’re wondering what there is to do around lakes in spring, the Big Bear Cabin team share their favorite activities around this amazing California lake.
Nested in the mountains of California, Big Bear Lake boasts some really picturesque and stunning vistas, if you’re willing to take the time and effort to experience them. We’re talking about hiking. There are trails around this lake for just about every fitness level.
Chances are that your lake of choice will also have at least one great trail around it with some spectacular views. The best part is that some of these trails are even accessible by bicycles, so if you prefer cycling to hiking, you can experience nature in that way, too.
In California, the fishing season started on April 1st, so if you’re a fan of the activity, head down to your favorite lake and enjoy a day of fishing. With a variety of fish species including the rainbow trout, various species of bass, carps and many others, you can really put your skills to the test.
Most lakes have well-established fishing traditions, so you can count on popular fishing spots on the shore, as well as on pontoons in the middle of the lake. However, if you really want to experience a fishing trip on a lake, you need to rent a boat and make a full day out of it. Just don’t forget your permits.
Nature Watching Trips
One of the best things to see around lakes in spring is how nature is waking up and both animals and plants start becoming active. They say that spring is finally here when bees (and especially bumblebees) start buzzing around.
This late in spring, you can really expect to see a variety of plants and animals. California mountain lakes are famous for their wild flowers which bloom in April and May and cover the meadows around the lake in small pink and violet specks. That is a sight to behold and enjoy.
A Day on the Water
However, if you’re really looking to experience a spring lake trip, you probably want to go on the water itself. Seeing how it’s somewhat early in the year to go swimming in the majority of the country, boats and canoes are likely your best bet.
If you own a boat, or if you know how to operate one, you can rent a boat and enjoy a day of gentle bobbing on gentle waves of tame US lakes. If not, there are countless tours operated by locals which offer boat rides to tourists.
Finally, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can rent a rowboat, canoe, or a kayak, and peddle your way across the lake. Naturally, you should only do this if you’re somewhat skilled at rowing, or if you’re in company of someone experienced.
Lakes offer a wealth of activities even if you can’t swim in them this early in the year. Most people agree that a vacation next to a body of water is the best for true rest. And if you can combine the relaxation of a water holiday with mountains, nature, and hiking, the enjoyment is complete.