Where to Retire Lakeside

If you imagine yourself retiring lakeside, then these are the communities you need to check out.
If you imagine yourself retiring lakeside, then these are the communities you need to check out.
If you imagine yourself retiring lakeside, then these are the communities you need to check out.

Does your perfect retirement involve being near a lake? If so, then you’ll want to start searching for active adult communities that offer lake access in their amenities. Some communities list lakes but may not offer the type of lake that you desire if you plan on fishing or boating. Some are just scenic ponds or small lakes that are mainly used as decorative amenities, while other 55+ communities have or are located beside larger, navigable lakes and have private marinas, fishing piers, boat launches, or boat slips, which are great for those who really want a true lakeside retirement.

So if you love the lake and want to spend your golden years boating, fishing, swimming, or just enjoying scenic water views, then check out these active adult communities that offer a great lakeside retirement.

Del Webb at Lake Oconee – Greensboro, GA

Del Webb at Lake Oconee is situated on the shores of the second largest lake in Georgia—Lake Oconee. The massive man-made Georgia Power Lake stretches along 400 miles of shorelines and includes 19,000 acres of navigable water, which provides the perfect environment for retirees who want to enjoy all of the activities and recreation for a lakeside retirement. The lake is home to stocked fish like bass, crappie, and catfish and is great for water sports like boating, sailing, water skiing, kayaking, and fishing.

Del Webb at Lake Oconee has 1,400 feet of direct lake access and includes a marina with 38 boat slips, a boat and kayak launch, and boat storage facility. Retirees who don’t want to go in the water but want to enjoy the scenic views can settle at the lakeside pavilion that provides barbecue grills and picnic tables perfect for gathering with friends to watch the sunset over the lake.

Lake Ashton – Lake Wales, FL

This 55+ community in Central Florida is surrounded by rolling hills and citrus groves and overlooks the beautiful 400-acre Lake Ashton. This freshwater lake offers great fishing spots for anglers looking to catch bass or pan fish. The community also has a boat launch and dock with slips for boat owners.

The surrounding area of Lake Ashton also has numerous smaller lakes that add scenic views and a picturesque backdrop to this lakeside retirement community.

Cresswind at Lake Lanier – Gainesville, GA

Cresswind at Lake Lanier is a resort-style 55+ community in Gainesville, GA that offers residents easy access to the beautiful Lake Lanier. Located on a wide finger of the scenic lake, this active adult community offers homeowners a rich lakeside retirement setting. Residents can take advantage of the 692 miles of shoreline that winds through Cresswind at Lake Lanier as well as the 37,000-acre recreational lake that is perfect for a variety of water activities such as boating, fishing, kayaking, and swimming.

The community also provides residents with access to a 70-slip private boat dock located behind the 36,000 square-foot clubhouse as well as a marina with boat slip, day dock options, and kayak rentals.

Terra Lago – Indio, CA

Terra Lago is a beautiful active lifestyle community in the Palm Springs area that features an amenity-rich environment. It has a 10,000 square-foot clubhouse, 36 holes of golf, and a 20-acre lake with a boat dock and small-boat access. This scenic lakeside setting is great for retirees who want to enjoy fantastic amenities along with scenic waterfront views and natural surroundings. The picturesque lake is great for water-based recreational activities like paddle boarding or kayaking, making Terra Lago a desirable lakeside retirement community in the popular Coachella Valley in Southern California.

Lake Providence – Mt. Juliet, TN

Located about 20 miles from Nashville, Lake Providence in Mt. Juliet provides active adults with resort-style living and has a 15-acre lake and easy access to Music City. This 50+ community features a large and luxurious 24,000 square-foot clubhouse that overlooks the 15-acre fishing lake. In addition to scenic lake views, the community has a canoe and kayak launch and picnic areas that make it convenient for enjoying the beautiful outdoor environment. Developed by Del Webb, Lake Providence has all the amenities residents would come to expect from this well-known builder.

Frisco Lakes – Frisco, TX

Retirees who wish to spend their days fishing on a lake will find that and much more at Frisco Lakes in Frisco, Texas. This age-restricted community wraps around the western shores of the picturesque Lake Lewisville. This 29,592-acre navigable lake boasts numerous water activities like boating, fishing, and kayaking. Frisco Lakes also provides several amenities that include a tranquil fishing pond, picnic pavilions, miles of walking and biking trails, two clubhouses, and an 18-hole championship golf course.

Trilogy at Lake Frederick – Frederick, VA

Situated along the 117-acre sparkling Lake Frederick, Trilogy at Lake Frederick is a beautiful active adult community that boasts a scenic lakeside setting. Retirees who want to boat and fish during their retirement years will find all that as well as world-class amenities and activities thanks to having direct access to Lake Frederick that lies beside the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

The lake is perfect for enjoying water sports and outdoor recreation like kayaking, fishing, canoeing, paddleboarding, and boating. Not only does Trilogy offer great outdoor amenities but it also provides plenty of parks and natural spaces as well as indoor amenities to help keep residents healthy and relaxed.

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