The Best Vacation Lake in Every State

Whatever you want to get from a summer sojourn by a lake, be assured that somewhere in the country you will find it.

Alabama: Lake Guntersville

Lake Guntersville, AlabamaJerry Whaley /

Alabama’s Lake Guntersville is part of Lake Guntersville State Park. It boasts more than 30 miles of hiking trails, a classic state park lodge with 112 rooms and a nearby golf course. Lake Guntersville is also a popular fishing spot with a lot of largemouth bass (although bluegill, brim, long ear sunfish, red ear sunfish and catfish have also been caught here). In the winter, it’s a nesting ground for bald eagles — and there are eagle-watching centers in the park and on the Guntersville Dam.

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