By Penny Fox
Jet skiing has joined the ranks of popular watersports in recent years and provides an adrenaline rush like few other outdoor activities. This high-speed sport is a great way to spend time in the sun and is actually a great workout for your heart and abs and improves balance, coordination, and concentration. Most people just find it extremely enjoyable and thrilling with the spray of the water and the bouncing waves beneath them. You can choose any of these five exhilarating jet skiing spots in Washington State as your next outdoor adventure destination and say yes to fun in the sun.
Lake Sammamish is a 512-acre freshwater lake open for daytime activities like fishing, boating, swimming, and other water activities like jet skiing. Surrounded by land that belongs to Native Americans, this beautiful state park offers tours of the area, and has a reputation of being a popular vacation spot. There is salmon in a nearby creek and a blue heron rookery that are worth visiting, too.
Lake Chelan in north-central Washington is the state’s largest natural lake and is approximately 50 miles-long. A long-time popular lake known for being a great location for trout fishing, it is the third deepest lake in the U.S. and surrounded on two sides by Wenatchee National Forest. You’ll want to plan an extended stay here because there is so much to do. There are several wineries in the area, small towns with plenty of charm, and it’s the perfect place to get away from ordinary life and find adventure or peaceful relaxation. Whether you like camping, hiking, jet skiing, or taking in the majestic beauty all around you, this is place where you can find it.
Located between Grand Coulee Dam and Northport, Washington, outdoor adventurers will find some of the best water sports and activities for a fun-filled day or an extended vacation. The 130-mile-long manmade lake named after the 32nd president of the U.S. is considered the jewel of the Northwest. There are plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and jet skiing in addition to several historic sites including Fort Spokane Visitor Center and Museum.
With beautiful Mount Rainier in the background, Lake Tapps in Bonney Lake, Washington, is the perfect place for swimming, boating, water skiing and jet skiing. Lake Tapps North Park is a largely undeveloped area covering 135 acres that includes a sandy beach that’s great for picnics or barbecues and hiking trails can be found throughout the park. The only disadvantage to this park and boat launch area is that it’s almost always full because of the popularity, so come early for the best parking spots.
Voted “Best Water Skiing Destination,” “Best Sunny Spot,” and “Best Beach in 2016,” Crescent Bar Recreation Area in Quincy, Washington, is one of the state’s best-kept secrets. You can boat, fish, golf, exercise on the beach, or just kick back and relax in one of the condos available for rent or at your own campsite. The beautiful surroundings are also perfect for the photography enthusiast, and it’s a great place to get your jet skis out on the lake. Another name for this sunny spot is F-U-N.