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Great Lake Vacations: 5 Northwest Waterworlds Kids Will Love

Courtesy Diamond Lake Resort

Yes, we Pacific Northwesterners have umpteen miles of sandy, rocky or driftwood-strewn coastline on which to play. But even in summer, that Pacific saltwater is pretty darn chilly. So let’s turn our attention to our lakes, which – at their best – represent the iconic summer vacation, all lazy days, swimming and floating. Here are five terrific picks for a great lakes getaway that offer everything from houseboat floating and wine tasting to lakeside blueberry picking and hiking in pine forests. (Note: Prices, and lake temps, can fluctuate week by week over the summer.) Happy adventuring.

Skip to the first great lake or browse all:

1) Houseboating mecca: Shuswap Lake, B.C.

2) Hot and sunny lake: Sun Lakes, Wash.

3) The big daddy: Crater Lake, Ore.

4) The all-activity lake: Osoyoos Lake, B.C

5) The classic family lake: Payette Lake, Idaho

6) 5 swimming holes around Seattle

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