Keep Cool this Summer RV Camping at Lakes
Setting an RV up at a lakeside campsite is the epitome of summer. Kicking back, opening up a favorite beverage, and watching the sunset over the water is what our favorite season is all about.
What might make this scenario even better is that your RV is also located in a prime resort with all the amenities such as hot showers, hot tubs, full hookups, and maybe even some waterslides. Now that’s a real summer vacation!
Top 10 Best Lake Resorts For RV Camping
These 10 RV resorts around the U.S. are not only located on beautiful lakes, but they each have a little something extra for all ages.
You can learn more about each of these lake camping resorts on RV LIFE Campgrounds. The app covers over 20,000 campgrounds and RV parks around the nation.
1. Polson Motorcoach Resort, Montana
There is really nothing like Montana in the summer. The cool breezes from the mountains and the Lower 48’s largest freshwater lake beckon all types of campers.
If you have a larger RV, the Polson Motorcoach Resort is your place. Located on the southern part of Flathead Lake, this resort has it all. The oversized lots are surrounded by lush landscaping and there are common areas with fire pits, a fitness center, and a fenced dog run.
2. Lake Leelanau RV Park, Michigan
This 196-site RV resort is not only located right on the shore of Lake Leelanau, but it’s only a few miles away from Lake Michigan. In addition, it’s a perfect resort for all ages.
Adults can enjoy the area’s vineyards and the resort’s lodge, children can enjoy the campground, and the whole family can enjoy the resort’s boat and jet ski rentals.
3. Conesus Lake Campground, New York
The Finger Lakes region of New York is a getaway haven all year long. However, summer is when the lakes really come to life.
The Conesus Lake Campground is located on the most western lake of the bunch and takes advantage of its waters. The resort not only has campsites and cabins, but also rents out kayaks, rowboats, pontoon boats, and docks. Other amenities include a children’s jump pad and an indoor pool.
4. Sandpoint RV Park, Idaho
If you want the best of all worlds (including the watery one), book a site at this campground in Sandpoint, Idaho. It’s a unique RV park in that all amenities such as the pool are located at the nearby Best Western Edgewater Resort.
The RV park is also located right next to Sandpoint’s dining and shopping as well as beautiful Lake Pend Oreille.
5. Ozarks RV Resort on Table Rock Lake, Arkansas
Table Rock Lake might just be one of the most unusual looking lakes in the U.S. This serpentine lake snakes through southern Missouri and dips down into Arkansas.
Here is where you will find one of the best RV resorts on its shores. The Ozarks RV Resort has over 160 sites, a hot tub and pool, pickleball courts, and a nine-hole golf course right on the lake. Bring your boat, there is a full-service marina next door.
6. Fox Lake Campground of Bemidji, Minnesota
When a state has nearly 12,000 lakes, how do you know which one to choose? It’s not an easy choice, but how about starting with the Fox Lake Campground in Bemidji, Minnesota?
Located right on the shores of a 951-acre lake, this resort caters to families with lawn games, a swimming beach, a fish cleaning station, and a store with fishing gear and ice cream.
Several of the campsites are right on the water, but most are a few steps away from the beach.
7. Mountain Lake Camping Resort, New Hampshire
Located in the White Mountains, Mountain Lake is not as large as some of the others on this list. However, the resort is akin to a classic summer camp.
Along with RV sites, tent sites, and rental yurts and tipis, this resort has a pool with waterslides, a recreation hall, a human-sized chessboard, and a private beach. The place will be quiet too. No gas-powered boats are allowed on Mountain Lake.
8. Indian Lakes RV Campground, Indiana
As a Thousand Trails campground, this resort has all the amenities you come to expect. However, you may not know just how beautiful this area around Tall Oaks Lake is.
The lake is centrally located to the resort and features tons of green space, fishing, a lakeside slide, and a pool. Just in case Indian Lakes fills up, the Batesville KOA is available right across the water.
9. Wilderness Resort, Michigan
While this beautiful resort is located right on Lac La Belle, the shores of Lake Superior are just around the corner.
Wilderness Resort offers both 30 and 50 amp campsites as well as cabins for rent. It’s a smaller resort, but the dense trees and quiet setting in this part of the U.P. will make you feel you are far away from everything.
10. Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Oklahoma
This place is just plain fun. Located on Eufaula Lake in Oklahoma, this resort is for the kids and the kid in all of us.
RV and cabin sites aside, the real reason for coming here is to play on this resort’s giant floating obstacle course. If you tire from that, you can just relax in your RV and look at the lake.
Start RV trip planning
There are dozens more lake resorts where you can enjoy RV camping this summer. Plan your travels with RV LIFE Trip Wizard and the RV LIFE App to find more campgrounds and points of interest along your route.
For more lake camping, check out these great options:
- 8 Scenic Places In The Southwest For Lake Camping
- 10 Best RV Parks & Campgrounds With Lakes
- 15 Scenic Places To Camp Along Lake Michigan
- The 15 Best Campgrounds In The U.S. To Cool Off By The Lake
Christina is a writer and designer who has written about camping, tiny houses, and alternative living since 2008. She recently traded in her teardrop trailer for a 13-foot fiberglass trailer from 1982.
tom lakey says
There are a lot of Lakes in the south with RV parks too! Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, S.C., North Carolina, etc. You might like to try a few of them too.
Rick Rund says
That RV park in Sandpoint is an upscale dive. Cannot believe this is in this article.
Mary LaFrance says
Yes Lake Leenaw RV Park is gorgeous! The people that run it are super friendly and the lake is incredibly nice. It’s hard to get reservations campground because everybody likes it so much. The night we stayed there the stars overhead were amazing!! Your best bet is to book for one night if you want to check it out.
Sandpoint in Idaho is a beautiful place to spend a month or a year or a lifetime. Upscale camping is “NOT” the same as wilderness camping or KOA. If one prefers to camp “on the cheap” go to Wikenburg Az. and camp in the desert for free along with 10,000 other people who enjoy living a live void of frills and amenities.