Lakefront vs. Lake Access: Which is Best For You?

So, you’ve decided that a lake home is for you — congratulations! The decision to invest in lake property is one that you’ll never regret. Afternoons on boat rides, evenings watching the sunset, swimming in the summer — these elements of the lake lifestyle are undoubtedly worth it. 

But when it comes to choosing your lake home, there are several factors to consider. In or out of state? An urban or rural lake? But beyond these basics, it’s important to think about how you envision your life on the lake. Is it essential for you to have a lakeside view outside your back door? Or are you content with close access to the lake, as long as you have convenient amenities around you? 

The decision comes down to this: lakefront versus lake access. If you’re unsure which type of property is for you, check out our short quiz below:

Lakefront Property

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A lakefront home essentially means that your property includes a lake shoreline. For most buyers, this option is appealing because there’s zero distance between you and the water. Especially if you’re a devoted angler or someone who enjoys watersports, it benefits you to come and go from the lake at your own leisure. Plus, being able to entertain guests on a boat dock while overlooking a scenic view is an excellent perk! Of course, a house on the lake also means additional responsibilities.

For instance, yard maintenance doubles with a lakefront home. For these lake homeowners, your curb appeal is important for both the front yard and the backyard. When thinking about your shoreline, you should also make note of whether your lake is owned by the U.S. Army Corps. If so, they have ownership over the space between your property and the lake itself, so you’ll want to learn what kind of personal use is allowed on Corps property. Another responsibility with lakefront property is the upkeep of your boat dock. However, if these additional duties don’t bother you, it may be in your best interest to pick a home with convenient proximity to the lake.

Lake Access Property

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With a lake access home, you won’t have direct closeness to the lake via private property. Instead, your views of the lake vary greatly depending on how your property is designated. If it’s a “waterview” property, you’ll be able to see at least a portion of the lake from your home. In other cases, the view of the lake will be totally obscured. However, you would have access to the lake by route of a community dock or pathway. The downside to this option is obvious — your home is a further distance from the lake, and you lack a private shoreline.

However, for many lake homeowners, direct access isn’t so important. In fact, some find it nice to be free from responsibilities that come with a lakefront property such as shoreline and doc maintenance. Instead of tending to a dock’s upkeep, you can elect to rent a slip at a local marina for your boat. Another perk is that lake access properties are often less secluded, and you’re closer to a flourishing community of other lake lovers and closer to urban amenities like restaurants, shopping, and golf courses (depending on the lake area). 

When deciding on lakefront vs lake access property, the main question to ask is: what does your desired lake lifestyle look like? For some, it’s a remote, private setting with constant access to the water, no matter the cost or the maintenance required. For others, it’s about having a nice vacation home near a community with the ability to access water when you want it. It doesn’t matter which you choose — there are so many different ways to experience life on the lake! Because these different types of properties can vary greatly based on the lake and the state, you’ll want to consult a lake-focused agent to find your dream home.

Lake Topography by Region

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As a lake homeowner, you’re probably familiar with the concept of topography. It refers to the study of land surfaces, which encompasses various features such as mountains, hills, valleys, and bodies of water. When looking at lake areas, one common element of their topography is the presence of water. But beyond the existence of a lake, some lake areas share similar topography. Across the U.S., there are common types of topography in each section of the country. Today, we’re diving into some of the characteristics of lake topography by region!

The West

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When imagining the western part of the United States, the most salient topographical feature that comes to mind is probably a mountain. This is because the Rocky Mountains, America’s largest mountain chain, stretches across this region. The states of Washington, Oregon, and California are home to many of the earth’s youngest mountains. In particular, the Cascade mountain range is only about a million years old. In some of our most popular lake areas in the west, you’ll notice that mountain features are common. For instance, Washington’s Lake Chelan is surrounded by the Chelan mountains, and Oregon’s Crater Lake is on Mount Mazama, an inactive volcanic mountain.

The Great Plains

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Also known as the “breadbasket” of North America, the Great Plains region refers to the middle of the continent. Think: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and other surrounding states. This region’s topography is characterized by fertile soil which formed during the most recent ice age. The result is a series of states full of native grassland prairies. So, when it comes to lakes in the Great Plains region, expect to find vast stretches of land for miles. For instance, popular lakes such as Oklahoma’s Lake Lawtonka, the oldest man-made lake in the state, are surrounded by a desert-like landscape.

Central Lowlands

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Similar to the Great Plains region, the Central Lowlands were also impacted by the last ice age. This region covers northern states in the mid-U.S., such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Because the melting ice sheets from this glacial period flattened the existing topography of this region, much of the Central Lowlands is flat with rolling hills. The most impressive result of this “glacial scouring” is the Great Lakes. Extending more than 1300 feet below sea level, Lake Superior and others are an impressive outcome of this piece of geographic history.

Atlantic Coast

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Alongside the coast of the Eastern U.S., the states that border the Atlantic Ocean share similar ecosystems and in turn, similar topographies. One defining feature of this region’s topography is the Appalachian Mountain Range. This massive range extends 2,000 miles from Canada to central Alabama. Additionally, the climate of this eastern region is characterized by wetlands and marshes. These moist land features lend themselves to a lush topography full of natural lakes and vibrant greenery. For instance, North Carolina’s Lake Rhodhiss, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is known for its gorgeous natural shoreline surrounded by miles of trees. Down in Florida, Lake Eloise and other parts of the Lakeland/Winter Haven area are extremely moist with several citrus groves. 

In every region of the country, there’s something to celebrate about the unique topographies of our lakes!

Lake Life in the Slow Lane: Non-Motorized Watercrafts

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In 2021, most boats that you’ll see on the lake are motorized. The typical propulsion system for boats, outbound motors are a self-contained unit affixed to the back of the boat which contains an engine, gearbox, and propeller. Essentially, these contraptions take fuel and convert it to power so your boat moves forward. Some motors are inbound rather than outbound, meaning that the engine is inside the boat’s hull. 

While motors are a useful, modern invention for boats, they aren’t always necessary. In fact, there are several joys and benefits of forgoing the motor for paddles, oars, and other manual propellers. If you love being on the water, but you enjoy a slower pace of lake living, one of these non-motorized watercrafts might be perfect for you.

Sailboat

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The technology of sailboats is as old as recorded history. Our earliest record of sailboats is from Ancient Egypt when the Nile River and the Mediterranean were used as popular trade routes among various lands. Without the technology of a motor, sailboats simply use the natural wind to propel the boat forward. Because wind is unpredictable, any seasoned sailor knows how to adjust the sails to the wind — a concept that lends itself metaphorically to life. Although the terminology can be complicated, once you learn the tricks of the trade, it’s worth it. 

Canoe

Similar to the sailboat, the canoe’s history dates back thousands of years. Rather than being specific to one country and culture, canoes were likely ubiquitous across the world and instrumental in trade, war, and personal transportation. The English word comes from a Caribbean word meaning “dugout.” This name appropriately reflects the practice of constructing a boat from a tree and carving a hollowed space for sitting. Instead of a motor, typically, canoers use paddles to propel the boat forward. In a two-person canoe, the front paddler controls the speed and power while the back paddler controls the direction.

Kayak

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Unlike canoes that have an unspecified origin, kayaks likely originated in northern parts of the world such as present-day Greenland, Siberia, and North America. Meaning “small boat of skins” in the Greenland Eskimo language, these non-motorized watercrafts were first used by Inuit and Aleut people for travel and trading. While these first kayaks were created out of bone, wood, and animal skin, today’s kayaks are mostly made from long-lasting polyethylene plastics. Because kayaks are usually operated by one person, the kayaker will use a double-sided paddle to propel the small boat forward. 

Standup Paddleboards

Most personal watercrafts involve sitting in, not on the watercraft. Not so with SUPs. An acronym for “stand up paddleboard,” SUPs have roots in surfing. The modern sport originated in Waikiki, Hawaii in the 1940s by John Ah Choy, a surfer who as he aged, wasn’t able to get up and down from his surfboard like he could in his younger days. For aid, he used a canoe paddle to catch waves. Eventually, the style gained popularity among other surfers. Usually made of fiberglass and resin, these boards are a sturdy non-motorized watercraft that’s perfect for fishing, yoga, and other lake recreation. 

Banana Boats

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We’re not talking about the brand of sunscreen or the delicious banana s’more dessert. Like other lake floats, banana boats are a purely recreational type of non-motorized watercraft. Shaped like a banana, these inflatables come without any type of motor system and can sometimes be tugged behind a motorized boat. Typically, they seat up to 10 people — perfect for a fun-loving group of guests at your lake house. 

Whether you choose a motorized or non-motorized personal watercraft, we hope you keep enjoying the lake in whatever way suits your lifestyle!

2022 Outdoor Fabric Trends

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Hello, summer! At your lake house, it’s that blissful time of year when you can finally use your backyard. As it gets warmer, there’s nothing better than inviting guests to your outdoor dining space to watch a warm lakeside afternoon turn into a cool evening. To prepare for the season, it’s never a bad idea to spruce up your outdoor fabrics. Whether it’s reupholstering seat cushions or investing in new throw pillows, just a little shift in fabric can transform a whole look. Today, we’re taking a glimpse at the top outdoor fabric trends for 2022.

Bold and Bright

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After a few years locked inside during the pandemic, homeowners are taking this year to be loud and proud. According to Southern Living, a theme for the summer is bright shapes and patterns. Think large stripes, oversized florals, or any other bold designs that accentuate your individuality. In a similar vein, it’s also popular to mix patterns. For instance, highlighting florals on a sofa and stripes on an ottoman is a fun way to mix and match your designs. In an outdoor space, it also mimics the liveliness of your natural surroundings.

Botanical Motifs

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This outdoor fabric trend is particularly relevant for lake homeowners. As Kirk Fitzsimmons, director of industrial sales at Sunbrella says, “Creating indoor-outdoor connections is especially important in lake home design, and we’re seeing this trend continue to gain popularity this year.” Whether it’s floral patterns, playing up the color green, or burlap texture, selecting fabrics that mimic the colors and qualities of nature. This trend is also in keeping with the overall concept of biophilic design which gives homage to nature in every aspect of home building and decor.

Earthy and Warm

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According to Sunbrella’s recent article addressing Spring fabric trends, warm and earthy colors are trending for this year. From dijon mustard yellows to corals, any shade that evokes a sense of warm energy is particularly in style. These hues create a welcoming feel in your outdoor space, which is perfect for any lake homeowners who enjoy hosting.

Awnings

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Fabrics aren’t just about pillows and cushions. Often forgotten, awnings can elevate your outdoor space to the next level. Fitzsimmons comments, “When it comes to fabrics, one of the best ways to accomplish this {indoor-outdoor connection} from a functional perspective is to introduce shade structures like awnings. Awnings not only provide cooling protection from sunlight but also add comforting texture and help elevate your outdoor space to a beautiful extension of your home.” Just be sure to look for fabrics with the Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation, which recognizes safe and effective UV sun protection.

Geometrics

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Geometric styles have been popularized since ancient history. Specifically, Greeks and Moroccans are known for their architecture and art that features small interlocking shapes. In outdoor furniture fabric, these geometric styles create a sense of order and harmony. This will create an intricate, yet clean look for your outdoor living space.

Cabana Stripes

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According to experts at House Beautiful, cabana stripes are making a comeback. Especially if you have a pool — or in the case of lake homes, a body of water — these wide stripes paired with bold colors are a classic choice for your space. In particular, navy blue, gray, and bright yellow are excellent choices for summer. 

We hope this short summary of trends helps you in the decorating process!

Lake-Inspired Gift Guide for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is finally here! As the day is quickly approaching, many are doing some last-minute shopping for a mom in their life who loves the lake. But just because you procrastinated your shopping doesn’t mean you can’t find a special gift! Whether she loves sitting by the lake with a book, fishing, or hiking, we’ve got you covered with these lake-inspired gifts for Mother’s Day.

For the Mom Who Likes to Lounge

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Throughout the year, many moms are always on the go. The lake is their sacred spot to relax and get away from all the hustle and bustle. For those who simply enjoy lounging around at the lake and taking some me-time, get them some cute casual clothes. This “Lake Mom” shirt pairs perfectly with jeans, sneakers, or a pair of sweatpants.

For the Mom Who’s Always Up for an Adventure

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If the mom in your life loves exploring nature and is always up for a hiking adventure, get her a gift that’s perfect for the outdoorsy-life. This heat mapping watch from Suunto is a wilderness must-have. It pairs with Google’s WearOS to show you the most popular routes on your hiking path. That way, if she’s ever unsure of what trail to take, this watch will be her guide. Plus, its sleek high-tech look will complement her hiking ensemble. While this gift is on the pricier side, it’s definitely worth it.

For the Mom Who Drinks Wine on the Boat

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Cue up the song “Boat Drinks” by Jimmy Buffett! For the mom in your life who’s always got a beverage in hand while going boating, invest in one of these drink tumblers. The Avex sundowner rocks glass is excellent for any wine, cocktail, or small beer. With double-walled insulation, your drinks will stay cooler for longer. Perfect for long, summer days lounging on a boat!

For the Mom Who Loves Fishing

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Summer and fishing season is coming up very soon! If the mom in your life is happiest in a canoe waiting to reel in a fish, get her a gift she can actually use on the water. However, baits, hooks, and other fishing gear will fade with time. Instead, get her the gift that keeps on giving — a subscription. Lucky Tackle Box delivers baits and hooks monthly to your door. Each box comes with 7-14 baits, lures, and an educational magazine!

For the Mom Who Embraces Hygge

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Nothing says hygge — the Danish concept of cozy comfort — quite like a candle at the lake. A scented candle can enhance the peaceful ambiance that a lake home already embodies. Plus, a natural scent specifically is in keeping with the indoor decorating trend of bringing the outdoors in. For moms who are all about making their lake home as comfy, stress-free, and welcoming as possible, these candles are perfect. You can also personalize this gift with a handwritten note on the packaging! 

From our lake home to yours, we wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day! 

Non-Invasive Lake Plants

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One of the biggest threats to the homeostasis of aquatic life on the lake is invasive plants. A classic example is algae blooms, which spread a thin layer across the water’s surface, blocking sunlight from the rest of the ecosystem underneath. These species spread rapidly, posing a threat to the biodiversity of native plants. However, not all lake plants pose a threat to marine life. Today, we’re taking a look at non-invasive plants that help foster a clean, healthy lake environment

Coontail

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Sometimes referred to as “hornwart,” the coontail is a small dark green plant with fan-shaped leaves. This submerged perennial provides an excellent source of food for turtles, waterfowl, snails, and carp. It’s also a hiding place for smaller organisms looking to protect themselves from prey. Because coontail absorbs nutrients from the water, this plant helps to improve water clarity at your lake. Although its clingy nature makes the plant annoying for boats, it provides a host of benefits for a lake ecosystem.

Common Waterweed

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The common waterweed is characterized by dark green branched leaves. Like the coontail, it grows entirely underwater and serves as a source of food and habitat for aquatic life. This submerged plant is also a source of oxygen for your lake’s ecosystem, which requires oxygen from plants to survive. Besides its functionality, the common waterweed also adds aesthetic appeal to the lake environment.

Clasping Leaved Pondweed

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Like the name suggests, the clasping-leaf pondweed features wide, oval leaves that “clasp” the stem of the plant. Although it’s typically non-invasive in the wild, it is important to note that in enclosed aquariums and ponds, this plant can become invasive when no other aquatic plants are present. In a larger body of water such as a lake, the entire plant is a nutritious source of food for waterfowl, insect larvae, and fish.

Water Marigold

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Contrary to its name, the water marigold is not a marigold after all. In fact, it’s in the buttercup family. But unlike your typical mental image of a buttercup, this non-invasive plant grows in wet places such as marshes, swamps, and lakes. These small flowers grow in clusters, providing ornamental beauty to any lake environment. Just be sure not to confuse the water marigold with the non-native invasive Lesser Celandine. While the latter tends to have 8+ leaves, the water marigold has 4-5.

Pickerelweed

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The pickerelweed is a shallow, freshwater aquatic plant that blooms from June to November. While it stretches up to 3-4 feet tall, half of this plant is underwater. Above the water’s surface, the plant’s flowers attract bees, butterflies, and dragonflies which eat mosquito larvae. It also provides a helpful shelter for birds, fish, and frogs.

Swamp Milkweed

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This slender plant with gorgeous pink flowers adds both beauty and benefit to any lake environment. Standing about 2-6 feet high, these plants tend to bloom over the summer in swamps and along other wet shorelines like lakes. Besides providing aesthetic appeal, these plants also offer food for butterflies, particularly monarchs. 

If you see any of these plants growing in your lake area, take a moment to stop and appreciate the added benefit to your lake ecosystem!

Five Garden “Weeds” That You Won’t Want to Pull

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As any gardener knows, weeds are unwanted plants that compete for nutrients with the ones you’ve cultivated. In an effort to rid your garden of these nuisances, you may spend several hours weeding the front lawn of your lake house. However, before you start pulling any unintentionally grown roots, take a pause. Many plants that are considered “weeds” are actually not pesky at all. In fact, several of them have medicinal or culinary benefits in addition to aesthetic beauty. At Lake Homes Lifestyles, we’re here to help you identify which weeds to pull and which to leave alone.

Butterfly Weed

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The butterfly weed earns its name by virtue of its magnetic draw to butterflies. Its bright shades of red, orange, and yellow, attract numerous pollinators as well, including bees. They’re additionally referred to as orange milkweed. Despite their lack of characteristic milky sap, they produce seed pods that release milky-tailed seeds which disperse in the wind. Frequently appearing in home gardens across zones 3-9, the butterfly weed adds an interesting pop of color to any garden.

Mountain Mint

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Like the butterfly weed, the mountain mint attracts many insects like bees and small butterflies. Its strong, fragrant minty scent attracts these pollinators to its nectar and pollen. Also most prevalent in zones 3-9, the mountain mint is home to a wide range of gardens across the U.S. The dainty leaves look like they’ve been dusted with powdered sugar, which embellishes any backyard with a sense of elegance.

Ironweed

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If ironweed is growing at your lake house, it’ll be hard to miss. These flowers can grow from up to 7 inches tall, showcasing brilliant purple colors in the late summer. Most prevalent in zones 5-8, ironweeds are most commonly found in prairies and other grassland areas. Prior to gaining the name ironweed, they used to be called compositae flowers because their blooms are a composite of many flower types. Upon looking closely, you can see the distinct fusion of five separate petals in one cluster.

Arnica Flowers

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Although this flower is native to Europe, it now grows across mountainous regions of North America in zones 4-9. Also called leopard’s bane and mountain tobacco, the arnica’s large flower head, yellow coloration, and bright green oval leaves resemble a miniature sunflower. Besides its ornamental value, arnica flowers also have medicinal purposes. Although toxic when ingested, the flower can be applied topically to treat arthritis and soothe muscle pain.

Chickweed

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Hardy in zones 3-8, the chickweed is a low-growing groundcover plant with medicinal and culinary values. Loaded with vitamins C, D, and B complex plus calcium, iron, zinc, and other healing minerals, these tasty greens can be ground into a nutritious pesto sauce. Outside the kitchen, chickweed has both external and internal uses as an antibacterial and antihistamine agent. Specifically, can be made into a salve that is soothing for healing burns and bug bites.

Dandelion

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As a child, you probably made wishes on dandelions and watched their seeds scatter into the wind. But did you know that these shape-shifting flowers are one of the most useful and nutritious herbs? The dandelion has a long history of culinary and medical uses. High in nutrients, the leaves can be either boiled or eaten fresh for a rich, earthy flavor. From coffee to quesadillas, there’s no shortage of ways to use dandelion in recipes. Medicinally, dandelions have been used to treat inflammation, appendicitis, and stomach issues. Between granting wishes, flavoring food, and healing ailments, is there anything dandelions can’t do? 

So, before pulling up every unwanted weed in your garden, take a moment to research the plant. Are there potential benefits — aesthetic or otherwise — that you could be missing?

How to Fish in New Water

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If you’re a lake homeowner and angler, chances are, you know your lake very well. You know exactly what time to wake up to get on the water, you know what times the fish are biting, and you know what sloughs to try for good luck. However, when you’re exploring a new lake for the first time, you might feel uncertain. How do you know where to start? Whether it’s a large or small lake, the same rules tend to apply for fishing in new water.

Do Your Research Beforehand

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Before you arrive, learn as much about the lake as you can! The internet is a wealth of knowledge with maps of topography, online resources, and blog posts. Additionally, there are plenty of videos (like this one for Lake of the Ozarks) of anglers who are familiar with your lake area. Locally, you can also gather intel from your neighborhood bait shop or other community lake resources.

Assess the Season and Temperature

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Without knowing a new lake, you can rely on the general rules of seasonality and temperature, which play a huge role in the location of fish — no matter the lake! It’s important to consider both factors, as they intersect with one another. In winter, fish seek out the warmest waters available. Due to lake stratification, the warmest spot on cold days is at the bottom of the water. However, if there’s a spike in temperature, they’ll swim toward the center of the lake. In spring and summertime, it’s best not to fish in deep water when instead, fish will be spawning in shallower areas.

Pay Attention to Environmental Micro-Changes

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The best anglers know that these rules about seasonality are simply guiding principles, rather than infallible truths. It’s just as important to keep a keen eye on the micro-changes in the environment — the day-to-day differences on the lake. For instance, if you’re in a heatwave but there’s a sudden cloudy day, fish will take the opportunity to feed, which in turn, is an excellent opportunity for you to fish. Micro-changes also include adjustments in water level. For instance, when water levels rise, fish gravitate closer to the shallow shoreline waters.

Know Your Type of Bait Fish

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On any lake, an essential part of fishing is knowing what bait to use. On an unfamiliar lake, the best way to gauge this is by observing the baitfish that your target is already chasing after. Have you noticed a group of minnows around the dock? Or white suckers swarming in one particular slough? These observations clue you into what your target fish is after, and you can choose similar bait that will lure them in.

Take a Bird’s Eye View

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When fishing in new water, many anglers make the common mistake of stopping at one intriguing area of the lake. They see a slough they like, turn off the motor, and stay there. However, there are many benefits to surveying a larger portion of the lake first! This tactic will help you understand the lake on a holistic level, learn the ideal hiding spots for fish, and ultimately improve your ability to quickly understand and fish on a new lake. 

We hope these tips help you reel in more fish, as you explore your next lake area!

Best Whole House Air Filters

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Upkeep and maintenance on a lake home can be tough, especially if it’s a second home. With vulnerability to dust, smoke, and other particles in the air, you’ll want a reliable air filtration system to keep your home air circulation clean and fresh. With so many options on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose which works best for your lake house. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the best whole house air filters on the market in 2022. We’ll be including both small and large air purifiers, for a variety of lake house types!

Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier

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We’ll start with the one which covers the smallest amount of space. The Alen BreatheSmart Air Purifier is ideal for homes that are 1100 square feet or less. With a unique HEPA filter, it can capture airborne bacteria and small particles that would otherwise float throughout your home. Extra quiet, this machine comes with a “pink noise” that helps you achieve better sleep. If you live with pets, this one is especially recommended for dust, dander, and pet fur. Plus it helps relieve symptoms of allergies and asthma!

Medify MA –112

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The Medify MA air purifier is great for larger homes of up to 2,500 square feet. The HEPA H13 filtration system offers a powerful cleaning tool for these large spaces. It also offers automatic quality updates so you can be assured that each time you walk into your lake home, you’re achieving the best possible medical-grade filtration. With four fan settings (and the lowest one nearly completely silent), you can customize the speed and efficacy of this air filter to your preferences. It also comes with a child lock that works great for both kids and pets!

PureAir3000 Air Purifier

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Small yet powerful, PureAir3000 Air Purifier cleans the air in spaces up to 3,000 square feet. Its size makes it simple to set up and use, and it doesn’t require frequent air filter replacement. In action, this air filter removes mold and other harmful pollutants, as well as invisible irritants and odors. It’s built to refresh the air even while you’re away, making this a perfect choice for a second home.

Aprilaire 5000 Series

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If you have an especially large lake house, the Aprilaire 5000 might be for you. According to product reviews, it’s able to filter more than 3,000 square feet of space. This high-tech filtration system can hold up to 400 pounds of air at once. Although it does require being plugged in to an outlet, it’s ultra-quiet, allowing you to hear the sounds of nature, rather than the whirring of an air filter. The best part — it’s great value for your money. If you were to leave this device on all day, every day, it would only cost $70 per year.

Honeywell F300

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The Honeywell 5300 one doesn’t have the same “quiet” pro as the other options. However, its plentiful benefits outweigh this cost. According to its product reviews, it can clean a 4,500 foot home, making this option excellent for large lake homeowners. It contains three steps of filtration – the first step collects larger particles like dander and dust, the second step is the HEPA 13 filter, and the third is electrostatic technology which increases the air purification speed. As a bonus, the Honeywell 5300 has a low electricity cost. Lower than the typical whole-house air filter, it only uses 36 watts of power. 

We hope you find the right whole house air filter for your lake home!