There’s a reason lakes take the cake in the summer time. Sparkling water, gentle waves and the absence of jellies and crabs make a perfect low-key vacation spot for families with bitty bums in tow. Flip through the gallery to discover 13 fresh bodies of water to dip your toes in this summer.

Battle Ground Lake – Washington

Once the spout of a volcano, Battle Ground Lake is over 300,000 years old and is considered the lesser-known sibling of the famous Crater Lake. Camp in equestrian-friendly Battle Ground State Park—cabin rentals are available for those who don’t want to pitch a tent—or find lodging in the nearby town of Battle Ground.


Photo: mk97007 via flickr

Where will you make a splash this summer? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey