Here are some ideas about things to do in the lakes when it rains. All of these activities are low-key, practical, and take advantage of the weather.
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34 Things to Do in The Lakes When It Rains
- Take a nap, it’s probably been awhile since you rested so do it today.
- Have a picnic, but bring your own food.
- Chill out and read a book, do it in the sun not the rain.
- Go dancing, you really don’t care what people think as long as you don’t need an umbrella.
- Go fishing, the weather is conducive to that.
- Go to the movies, you don’t care if they are blurring rain droplets on the screen.
- Souvenir shopping, if it’s raining hard enough then you don’t need any souvenirs anyway but go for them anyway just because .
- Get a tan at the beach .
- Go running in the rain or do something else that gets your heart rate up and burns those calories.
- Play in the rain, it’s free.
- Have a picnic or cookout outdoors.
- Walk to the lake to view a sunset or sunrise and sit in it for awhile.
- Plant a garden.
- Find a shelter from the rain
- Take your pet for a walk
- Take an umbrella you don’t mind getting wet, and put it in your pocket
- Go swimming in the lake, and jump into it, because you know what, who cares about the rain?
- Run naked through the sprinklerst
- Have a tea party in your tent
- Make a new friend, but lose him/her to the lake when they see something shiny
- Jump off your deck and try to float on your back like you always do at the beach, but wait, that’s not water…
- Look at the clouds and imagine things
- Scream for 4 hours straight and hope someone comes to see what all of that commotion is about
- Just Pee like a kid
- Run down the hill in your bare feet, and see how far you can get before you’re soaked again
- Listen to rain on your tent while sitting in your vehicle, with no doors or windows open
- Find a big rock and push it into the lake
- Play in the mud, but try not to get any mud in your mouth
- Pat yourself on the back for not having any fun
- Watch clouds from your window and try to see things in them
- Practice your hula hooping skills in the rain
- Sing a song that is sad, or turn on a song that makes you sad, and then sing along with it while you cry
- Bathe in the rain so you can get clean at the same time as getting dirty
11 Reasons to Visit The Great Lakes in the Rain
Here are 11 reasons why you should visit the lakes when it’s raining.
- When it’s warm in the daytime and cold at night there are only a few months when you can swim comfortably, therefore you should get as much swimming in as possible while it’s still warm enough.
- You can take advantage of those rainy days and do silly things like run around naked in the rain or jump off a deck into the lake (or just sit inside your vehicle while doing it).
- The rain is soothing
- The lake smells fresh when it rains
- The lake is 40 degrees warmer than the air during the rain, so there’s a good chance you can get wet without freezing
- You can sleep on your deck without getting eaten by mosquitos or soaked in sweat
- You can swim in the rain because no one cares about getting wet, that’s why you went to the lakes in the first place wasn’t it?
- You can see the fish swimming near the surface if you get bored.
- You can touch and feel every single raindrop that hits you, unlike in the city where they just roll right of your forehead without any feeling at all.
- In the rain you can hear things that are usually drowned out by a crowd or music
- In the rain it’s just you and one other person, so for once there is no pressure to be anyone but yourself.
Most Popular Lakes in The Rain
Here are the top 10 most popular lakes in the rain:
- Lake Michigan – The world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area, one of its smallest by volume
- Lake Erie – 4th largest Great Lake by surface area, 11th smallest by volume
- Bodies of water on, near, or leading to Lake Huron – called Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie are often regarded as a single body of water with varied names
- Lake Huron is the second largest of the Great Lakes. It’s the third most voluminous freshwater lake in the world, and has a surface area of 23,000 square miles.
- Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes. It’s the largest freshwater lake in the world by area and the third largest by volume. It has a surface area of 32,000 square miles.
- Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes. It is bounded on the south by Niagara Falls and is the least deep of the Great Lakes.
- Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake located entirely within the United States.
- Bodies of water on, near, or leading to Lake Superior – called Lakes Michigan and Superior are often regarded as a single body of water with varied names
- Bodies of water on, near, or leading to Lake Huron – called Lakes Ontario and Huron are often regarded as a single body of water with varied names
- The Great Lakes Basin which includes lakes Michigan and Huron and their connecting channel called St. Mary’s River, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and the connecting channel called Welland Canal
in addition, Belton Lake, Clear Lake, Deep Lake, Grand Haven, Grand Traverse Bay, Green Lake, Hoosier Bayou, Indian River Lagoon (lake), Inland Lakes Campground (Lake Michigan), Lake Shore Park (Lake Michigan), Lake States Campground (Lake Michigan), Little Traverse Bay on the east coast of the lake in the U.S., Lower Peninsula of Michigan and West Michigan are more populated than any other parts of the state.
How to save the Lakes in the rain
There have been several attempts in recent years to stop people from dumping waste into the lakes but they haven’t been as successful as they should have. Here are some things you can do to help out:
- Don’t dump your lake’s water down a storm drain
- Don’t smoke at night unless you can properly dispose of your butts
- Don’t eat fish that are less than a year old
- Don’t eat or drink anything that is not in its original container.
- If you take something out of the water that isn’t yours, then the water stays cleaner and so does the rest of the lake for everyone else
- Don’t dump your dog or cat’s waste by the roadside or into the lake
- Don’t throw your trash overboard where it can be washed ashore
- Buy a Litter Bag and Leave No Trace
- Wear a life jacket on your boat
- Don’t swim in the water after eating at all
- Get some friends together and clean up a shoreline, or just pick up one piece of trash