So, you’ve decided to try out wakeboarding. It’s an exciting outing you can do with the kids! Once you’ve gotten your boat (ideally one equipped with an audio system), your wakeboard, and your swim trunks all ready to go, the only thing left to do is decide where to make your inaugural wakeboarding debut. Picking the ideal place to go wakeboarding depends on several factors such as weather, travel distance, and the type of water you’ll be boarding on (salt or fresh). You’ll also want to make sure you head out to a specific spot that isn’t too crowded since wakeboarding requires a fair amount of open space and you’ll want to play your loud wake tower speakers at an enjoyable volume. Still unsure of where to take your first wakeboarding trip? Then be sure to check out Big Air’s blog, and read our top 5 list as well.
- Lake Shasta, California
Lake Shasta is considered by many experienced wakeboarders to be one of the all-time best wakeboarding spots period. Its 30,000 acres of total surface area encompasses a large central lake created by the Shasta Dam which flows into four “arms” that each end in their own separate lakes. Factor in the near limitless number of inlets and coves to explore and it’s easy to see why Lake Shasta is such a coveted location for wakeboarders.
- Lake Havasu, Arizona
If you want to fit some wakeboarding into your upcoming trip to the Grand Canyon, there is no better spot than Lake Havasu. Located on the border of California and Arizona, Lake Havasu offers 19,300 acres of pure, warm, sapphire-blue water. Given its proximity to Las Vegas, it’s probably not too surprising that Lake Havasu is one of the most popular wakeboarding sites in the Mid-West.
- Dale Hollow Lake, Tennessee
Dale Hollow Lake, which is situated right on the Tennessee/Kentucky border, has been affectionately christened by wakeboarding enthusiasts as “wakeboard heaven.” The lake’s 27,000 acres of water are as smooth as they are blue and the numerous coves that pocket the lake’s edges make it a fun location to explore. Those looking to camp, fish, and wakeboard all in one trip couldn’t ask for a better spot than Dale Hollow Lake.
- Lake Powell, Utah
Not only is Lake Powell a prime wakeboarding spot that sits between Utah and Arizona, it’s also the second-largest man-made lake in the United States. The lake’s beautiful deep blue waters and total of 96 different explorable canyons would already be enough to attract wakeboard enthusiasts but the lake also contains plenty of geological wonders such as Padre Bay, the Hole-in-the-Rock crossing, and Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural stone bridge in the world.
- Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the Nevada/California border, Lake Tahoe offers 193 miles of crystal clear freshwater that flows out into the Truckee River through the Lake Tahoe Dam. While many people likely equate Lake Tahoe with the various casinos located along its Nevada shore, the lake is also a very popular site for scuba diving, jet skiing, kayaking, and, of course, wakeboarding. While the lake’s water sports are available from late spring into early fall, the very best time to do some wakeboarding on Lake Tahoe is during the summer when the warm air contrasts perfectly with the near-equally warm water.