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The 15 Most Beautiful Lakes In The US For Paddle Boarding

Posted by Luke Green

The US is home to some of the world’s most stunning lakes, and there’s no better way to explore them than by paddle board. Discover the 15 most beautiful lakes in the US for paddle boarding below:

Lake Tahoe, California

Sail Yacht on Lake Tahoe
Paddle through crystal clear waters against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. With nearly 200 miles of gorgeous scenery to explore, it’s not surprising that Lake Tahoe is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the US, and one of our absolute favorite spots for a SUPing adventure.

Lake Powell, Utah/Arizona

Lake Powell, Utah/ Arizona
For a truly unique paddle boarding experience, you have to head to Lake Powell. You’ll be paddling in the heart of the desert as you take in majestic canyons and red rock. The waters are warm and relatively calm, creating the perfect spot for a relaxed paddle in the sun.

Lake Michigan, Michigan

Paddle boarders on Lake Michigan
Commonly referred to as the “third coast” due to its sandy beaches and clear water, there is plenty to explore at Lake Michigan. This is a great spot for anyone who loves the coast, but doesn’t fancy paddling through tidal waters.

Caddo Lake, Texas/Louisiana

Jet-ski on Caddo lake in Texas

Ever fancied paddling in a Bayou? Caddo Lake is the place to do it. Unlike the other crystal clear waters on our list, Caddo is a swampy lake, surrounded by cypress trees and wildlife. Mystical and magical, this is one of the most memorable places to go paddle boarding in the US.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, Oregon
Crater lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the US, however it’s also one of the most unique. The lake was formed as a result of a huge volcanic eruption 7,700 years ago. So, you’ll be paddling around the remnants of an old volcano, enjoying some of the clearest blue waters in the country.

East Rosebud Lake, Montana

labrador retreiver on the shore of Rosebud Lake in Southwest Montana

When you think of the most beautiful lakes in the US for paddle boarding, Montana might not be the first place that comes to mind. However, we simply couldn’t miss East Rosebud lake off our list. Nowhere else will you be able to paddle past Moose and bulls, and you’ll take in some spectacular scenery in the process.

Lost Lake, Colorado

Lost Lake, Colorado
For a paddle boarding adventure in the wilderness, you need to visit Lost Lake in Colorado. The lake is surrounded by gorgeous mountains, and as an added bonus for any keen fishermen out there, it’s also one of the best places to go trout fishing.

Stanley Lake, Idaho

Stanley Lake, Idaho
Located in the Sawtooth mountains, Stanley Lake is easily one of the most beautiful lakes in the US. Experience a zen day of paddling as you take in snow-capped mountains and make your way through the glassy waters, listening to the sound of the spectacular waterfalls along the way.

Lake Mead, Nevada

Hills surrounding Lake Mead
In spite of its proximity to Las Vegas, Lake Mead is a peaceful paradise that’s perfectly suited to a day of SUPing. It’s a great way to explore some of the most incredible waterways in the country, and there’s plenty of coves to discover along the way.

Boerne City Lake, Texas

Boerne City Lake in Boerne, Texas

Perfect for a day of paddling, Boerne city lake is a family friendly lake that’s packed full of epic picnic spots. If you’re planning a full day out on the water, be sure to take one of our waterproof cool bags with you. Keeping your favorite snacks and drinks cool, you can also attach the cool bag onto your board and take it out onto the water with you.

Lake Santeetlah, North Carolina

lake santeetlah scenery

If you’re looking to escape from the hustle and the bustle of the city, Lake Santeetlah is the place to go. It’s a little more tricky to get to, but well worth the effort. Not only is it one of the most beautiful lakes in the US, it’s calm waters also make it a paddle boarder’s paradise.

Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming

Yellow Stone Lake overlooked by a veritable field of flowers
With over 135 square miles of pristine waters to discover, Yellowstone lake provides some of the best inland paddling in the world. With plenty of campsites lining the lake, it’s also a great location for a multi-day paddling trip.

Lake Superior, Minnesota/ Michigan/ Wisconsin

Lake Superior, Minnesota/ Michigan/ Wisconsin
Lake Superior is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. So, as you can imagine, there’s plenty of natural beauty to explore. Discover cliffs, beaches, waterfalls and caves, all while perfecting your paddling skills.

Lake Erie, Ohio

Lake Erie, Ohio
The spectacular Lake Erie offers plenty of options for paddle boarders of all abilities. It’s also a great spot for fishing, so there'll be plenty of activities to keep you busy should you choose to make a weekend adventure of it.

Pyramid Lake, California

Pyramid Lake, California
Last but certainly not least on our list of the most beautiful lakes in the US for paddle boarding has to be Pyramid Lake. Located in Santa Clarita, LA, this scenic reservoir gets its name from the scenic pyramid shaped rock that was carved out when engineers were building the reservoir.

Start your adventure with Red Paddle Co

Safety, durability, performance and style are key components of all our paddle boards. That’s what makes us the world’s leading inflatable SUP brand. We believe the devil is in the detail, which is why all our paddle boards take 72 hours to make using specialist MSL technology. Whether you’ve been SUPing for years or are just starting out, find your perfect inflatable SUP using our board selector tool. And, if you need any further guidance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team.