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From a Great Lake to one of the smallest Finger Lakes, the northeast offers plenty of variety for boating. The Northeast is fortunate in that its lakes are geographically spread out, which means you’re never far from your next lake adventure. Let’s take a look at the top five lake destinations for your Axis in the northeast.  

Moosehead Lake, Maine

If you’re looking for pure, clean water Moosehead Lake is your destination. It’s considered the east’s largest mountain lake, so don’t forget your wetsuits in shoulder season. What it lacks in water temperature, Moosehead Lake more than makes up for in natural beauty. Nestled in a valley in Maine, Moosehead has plenty of cabins for rent and all the scenic sights you could possibly want. Deep water almost everywhere means you’re going to get the most out of your Axis wake as well.

Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s largest lake offers miles of beaches, coves, and clean water. With an average depth of 43 feet, you won’t have any trouble making a wake, and the scenic view of the White Mountains will leave you in awe. When you need a break from riding, you can hop from village to village to explore each one’s unique atmosphere, or go for a hike on one of the many trails. In other words, there’s plenty to do on Lake Winnipesaukee. Bring your neoprene in case the sun doesn’t come out, and enjoy a lake that’s as much about watersports as it is about exploring the islands and taking in the natural surroundings. 

Lake Champlain, New York & Vermont

A little less traveled by tourists than Lake George, Lake Champlain is mainly in the United States, nestled between the states of New York and Vermont. It does extend up into Canada, but there’s plenty of natural beauty, fun and watersports adventure to be had on the American side. There are miles of less-developed shoreline to explore along with several large islands. With scenic mountains in the background and plenty of places to stay, your long weekend is sure to be a hit. Bonus points for visiting in the fall when the leaves are changing colors and there are fewer boaters. And don’t worry, “Champ” the Lake Champlain monster hasn’t made an appearance in many centuries.  

Lake Erie

The only Great Lake on our list, Lake Erie is the natural border to four states, and half of it extends up into Canada. This means many Northeasterners can enjoy all the lake’s many attractions. The lake was practically made for visiting boaters, with transient dockage dotting the coastline along with campsites, marinas, picnic facilities, lighthouses, historic harbors, and even an amusement park. Bay Point Sandbar in Sandusky Bay is a popular gathering spot filled with sandy beaches and other friendly boaters looking for a relaxing afternoon. There are too many attractions to mention, but a word of caution about Lake Erie: the lake is known to be temperamental, and it’s big enough to cause serious havoc. Keep a close eye on storms with weather apps and only head out on the water on a calm day.

Conesus Lake, New York

With an average depth of 38 feet, Conesus Lake has plenty of water to make a great wake or wave throughout without being as cold in shoulder season and summer. Being one of the smaller Finger Lakes, Conesus also stays relatively calm. In particular, look for an east or west wind for the smoothest water. If you want an unforgettable weekend, visit Conesus on the Fourth of July to ride all day and watch fireworks at night.


Your next Northeast lake adventure is just a road trip away, so when you’re ready to experience all the variety the region has to offer in your new custom Axis, check out our 3D Build-a-Boat tool or visit your local dealer for a day on the water. 

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