BetterLakes has several goals in mind but the main focus is to help you find a better lake experience. With this goal in mind, here’s how to use BetterLakes.com. Please know that it’s still “under construction” and many things are changing regularly. The community can’t be built without your help though. This quick tutorial will show you how to submit a lake, search for a lake, review a lake, and upload photos for lakes.
If you know the name of the lake you want to vacation, fish, relax, or practice your elite wake boarding at, start at betterlakes.com and search for the lake name. Here’s a great example of a lake that’s already been submitted.
Once the lake name shows up, go ahead and click to see the lake profile page.
If you don’t know which lake you want to go to, but you do know the general area, go ahead and enter a nearby city or town. That could help you get closer to the better lake experience that you’re looking for.
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself here, don’t get lost in time. Eventually, there’s going to be a lot of lakes and you could really spend the day in a vicarious lake vacation travelling the country from the comfort of your computer or phone. You can limit the lakes results by using the filters. These filters are based on what other Lake Goers have said about the lakes - not necessarily factual data.
Once you find the lake you were meant to find, check to see if there’s any nearby vacation rentals. If you’re exploring the lake for the first time, book a vacation rental! Check out the lake and the nearby area. Waterfront vacations are good for the soul - that’s a fact. After you’ve been to the lake, tell the world about it. Let everyone know how amazing, or dull, the lake and area are.
Submitting a lake to BetterLakes can be started at the bottom of each page. Click on “Submit a Lake”. Drag the map and BL Pin around to find the lake you’re submitting and enter the name of the lake and as much other information that you have there. Once the lake is submitted, the team at BetterLakes will review it to make sure it’s valid. Come back in a day or two and see the lake profile in all its glory. Now it’s time to review the lake
Let your creativity go wild, or focus on simple reviews. It’s up to you. On the lake profile page scroll down a bit and select “Leave Review”. How many stars do you give the lake? Once you tell us your experience, tell us what you did at the lake or any stand out characteristics. Then, upload a photo if you want and share it with the world!
1: In the northern part of the US, leaves are starting to change color, water temps are cooling, and many fruits are prime for picking. In the Midwest, there’s a slew of you-pick apple orchards that are the start of wonderful annual traditions. Many commercialized orchards will have fun events for the kiddos, petting zoos, and local jams, baked goods, and apple cider donuts! Just north of Chicago you’ll find Apple Holler and to the west you’ll find a new-but-fantastic Woody’s Orchard. Apples are just one example, You-Pick fruit orchards are becoming a firm staple and tradition in the Midwest.
2: Just because the water is cooling in the north it doesn’t mean that you can’t go out on the water. It also doesn’t mean that folks in the south or west don’t have the ability to go boating too. If you don’t have a boat, fear not! BoatSetter.com has you covered. Here you can find and rent a boat for a few hours or days! They have selections from Pontoons and Deckboats to Yachts with dedicated drivers. The bottom line is that BoatSetter.com shares the same passions as BetterLakes.com - let’s help people have a better lake experience.
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4: Use alcohol to keep warm (if and only if you’re 21)! Nothing goes better with fall weather than a strong drink that helps numb the impending cold weather. Some of the best whisky can be sampled through services like Flaviar.com but that takes planning ahead and about $300 a year to get a few tasty samples. It’s always advisable to support the local economy and check out their liquor selection for your preferred autumn spirits. That all being said, wine tasting is a great way to enjoy the fresh air a bit while on your lake vacation! TripAdvisor.com is a great place to find some local wineries.
5: Take a nice stroll (or aggressive hike) along the waterfront and collect seashells. There’s a lot of fun crafts that you can do with a little creativity. Kids love the idea of shell collection but you can step it up by making something cute and wearable. Check out The Spruce Craft’s suggestions: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/seashell-activities-1253753 . If you’re more of the aggressive hike kind of person, https://AllTrails.com is a great resource but don’t forget to bring the right gear for your hike.