The 2014 American Camper Report showed that 14% of Americans over the age of six-years-old camped out in 2013. That’s over 40 million people! I think it’s safe to say that family camping is a favorite vacation choice among people in the U.S.
A lot of vacationers like to camp for extended periods, the average amount of time spent camping, regardless of shelter, was 14.9 days per person. When you’re going to be spending this much time in nature you may want to pick an ideal spot, and camping near a lake is an excellent opportunity to partake in additional camping activities that are water-related, some of which I have listed below:
- Fishing: Fishing is one of the top lakeside camping activities you can enjoy while on camping vacations with your family. This is often a great bonding opportunity for families or can be a great excuse to get away and have some peace while enjoying the great outdoors.
- Swimming: Although, people generally prefer to seek out shady campsites, it can still get quite hot out in the summer and taking a swim is a fine way to cool down a bit. Snorkeling is also a great water activity for adults and kids, observing underwater wildlife is kind of like catching a glimpse into an alien world.
- Canoe or kayak: If you don’t own a boat then canoeing or kayaking are some of the best lake activities and can be tons of fun for the whole family. Some campgrounds will rent these items out to campers or if you don’t usually frequent public campgrounds, you can purchase one of your own to use at your leisure.
Most vacationing families seek out camp resorts, as a matter of fact, 70% of chosen camping locations are at a public campground. The main reason resorts or public campgrounds are chosen over full-on wilderness is because they usually provide amenities, like showers and toilets. Typically, such places are located near bodies of water so you will still be able to enjoy camping near a lake, even if you have to pay a bit more for that waterfront campsite it will be well worth the money.