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If you’re looking for scenic backgrounds and pure water, the Northwest has you covered in spades. You may have to drive a little farther than other areas of the country, but the road trip is worth it when you get there. Be sure to checkout these top five northwest lake destinations with your Axis.

Lake Sammamish, Washington

Just east of Seattle, Lake Sammamish offers multiple public boat ramps and the natural beauty from the surrounding park. With an average depth of 58 feet, there’s plenty of water underneath you to get the most out of your world-class Axis wake or wave, and there’s even a public slalom course at the north end of the lake if you want to take a set. Surrounded by a public park, Lake Sammamish offers picnic shelters and hiking trails throughout the coastline for when you want to take a break. And if you need another reason to visit Lake Sammamish, the view of Mount Rainier in the background while you’re riding will never get old.

Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Nestled in northern Idaho, Lake Coeur d’Alene is a huge body of water with plenty of depth and multiple coves to tuck into. In other words, it’s a watersports paradise. The rugged coastline is broken up by sandy beaches, campgrounds, parks and trails. Nearly the entire lake is surrounded by natural beauty. If you brave the winter months, you might even be treated to the sight of bald eagles feasting on salmon in Wolf Lodge Bay. Don’t forget your wetsuit. 

Crescent Bar, Washington

Chances are, you haven’t heard of Crescent Bar. But, as one of the best places to ride in central Washington when it’s calm, we had to include it on our list. Complete with top-notch docks and boat ramps, it’s easy to drop in at Crescent Bar and ride glass for miles on the Columbia River/Wanapum Lake. Multiple vacation rentals make it easy to stay for a long weekend, and the scenic backdrop of rugged hills is a nice addition.

Jackson Lake, Wyoming

Set in the breathtaking scenery of the Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming, Jackson Lake is a massive natural lake with jaw-dropping vistas. With a maximum depth of over 400 feet and an elevation of 6,772 feet, you’re most likely going to need a wetsuit—even in summer months. The water in Jackson Lake is remarkably clear and pure thanks to its mountain origins, and your chances of spotting wildlife are high. The lake is fairly sheltered by mountains, so there are more calm days than you would imagine for this elevation. It truly is a must-see destination. 

Payette Lake, Idaho

Just 2.5 hours north of Boise, Idaho, Payette Lake is a natural body of water that sits just below 5,000 feet. Being a glacial lake at elevation, you may want to bring a wetsuit along, but the trip (and the chill) will be worth it. The lake’s crystal-clear water is surrounded by old-growth Ponderosa pine trees, making for some of the best views on this list—and that’s really saying something. The entire peninsula in the center of the lake is Ponderosa State Park, which offers everything from mountain biking to hiking to camping and sandy beaches.


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