Boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports are popular pastimes for many active adults. These activities are frequently found in coastal areas. However, water-loving retirees can enjoy living inland when they choose a community that offers access to a navigable lake.
The types of lakes found in active adult communities can vary greatly. When communities list scenic lakes as part of their amenities, they are generally referring to very small lakes or large ponds that are mainly decorative. Scenic lakes and ponds may be stocked for fishing, but they are not designed for motorized boats or other water activities.
There are many 55+ communities that include or are located beside larger bodies of water where boats are welcome. Access to lakes can vary within these communities; some have their own marinas, boat slips, or boat launches. They may also have fishing piers, lakeside picnic areas, and other special amenities.
If you're interested in finding a great lakeside active adult community, here are just a few to consider:
1. Cresswind at Lake Lanier — Gainesville, Georgia
Cresswind at Lake Lanier was built by The Kolter Group alongside the shores of Georgia’s beautiful Lake Lanier. This 37,000-acre recreational lake offers a wide variety of water activities. Within the community, residents will enjoy access to Cresswind Landing, an on-site boathouse with boat slips and day dock options. Kayak rentals are also available.
2. Del Webb at Lake Oconee — Greensboro, Georgia
Located 75 miles east of Atlanta, Del Webb at Lake Oconee sits on the shores of one of the largest lakes in Georgia. Lake Oconee is a 19,000-acre lake which is an ideal setting for many water sports and activities. For easy lake access, the community has its own marina with 38 boat slips and a boat launch. Residents will also enjoy a beautiful lakeside pavilion with a grill and ample seating.
3. Trilogy at Lake Frederick — Lake Frederick, Virginia
Not far from the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, Trilogy at Lake Frederick offers tranquil living beside the calm beauty of Lake Frederick. This lovely 120-acre lake allows for canoeing, kayaking, and electric-powered boating. There are boat docks available throughout the community and the lake is also stocked for fishing.
4. Frisco Lakes — Frisco, Texas
Set on the shores of Lake Lewisville, Frisco Lakes offers beautiful waterfront homes and close proximity to water recreations. Lake Lewisville’s 29,500 acres of navigable water provide ample opportunities for fishing, boating, and other water sports. Just one mile from the community, residents can arrange for boat rentals or boat storage at Hidden Cove Marina.
5. Royal Harbor — Tavares, Florida
Royal Harbor may be located in Central Florida, but it still offers waterfront property and water-based activities on Lake Harris. Some properties within the community have private lake or dock access. A marina with several boat slips is located just across the highway from the community. Lake Harris is a well-known fishing lake which has more recently become a popular spot for water- and jet-skiing.