US Retirees are Flocking to these 10 Lake Communities 

If you are planning on retiring alongside a lake, the following list will help you start your search. 

Shipping your vehicle

If you are planning on relocating entirely, a major necessity will be your vehicle. If you are moving to a new destination that is far away, there are a number of options you could choose from to get your car to your retirement destination. The most obvious option is to drive, but many people require a Uhaul to get all of their possessions to their new home, so it could be difficult to drive the car yourself. Furthermore, not many people want to put extra miles on their vehicles. If this is the case, having the car hauled on a flatbed truck, or with an actual transport company with the double deck trucks could be an option for you. In this scenario, the company takes care of all the hassle, all you have to do is get to your destination, and in many cases the company will deliver your car right to your front door. 

In addition to choosing your preferred method, you must also consider the time of year that you are moving. If you are moving in the middle of winter you have to take weather into consideration. With these hard winters comes horrible road conditions, making the delivery of your vehicle much harder. On the other hand, if you are moving in the warmer seasons, like spring or summer, you will more than likely be paying more for the service as the demand is much higher during that time of the year.

Top Ten Lake Towns to Retire in

In case you are interested, the following is the top ten list for places to retire. You may be surprised to see a mix of cold and warm weather locations. This top ten list is not necessarily in a certain order, they are simply the ten best in America. Each location offers something a little different from one another, so it really depends on the person for what the actual order would be. 

Lakeway, Texas

  1. Lakeway, Texas

Lakeway is a portion of Greater Austin, which is also adjacent to Lake Travis, which spas an area of about 19,000 acres. The water here is perfect for swimming, boating, fishing, camping, and even scuba diving! Furthermore, Lakeway is a short distance from Austin, so it not only offers a quieter, more relaxing atmosphere, but also the convenience of the busy city right down the road. 

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

  1. Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Wolfeboro, also known as the “Oldest Summer Resort in America”, is just a two hour drive from the wonderful city of Boston. It is also one of the Northeast’s most charming lakeside getaways. Wolfeboro offers a place of relaxation and leisure, which makes it the perfect place to retire. 

Rangeley, Maine

  1. Rangeley, Maine

Rangeley has a population of 1,000 residents, so if a small town is ideal to you, this will be the perfect lake town to retire in. Located right in the center of the Rangeley Lakes region, with the perfect spot to experience all four seasons, there is so much to do that you won’t be bored in retirement! One could enjoy fishing, swimming, canoeing, hiking, and even ice fishing!

Chelan, Washington

  1. Chelan, Washington

If you are looking to settle in the Pacific Northwest, Chelan is the place for you. With mild winters and warm summers, Chelan offers a comfortable town to retire in. 

Bayview, Idaho

  1. Bayview, Idaho

Located on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, the fifth deepest lake in America, also right at the foothills of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, Bayview offers residents the opportunity to live in a spectacular natural gem. 

Charlevoix, Michigan

  1. Charlevoix, Michigan

Located right on Lake Michigan, Charlevoix enables residents to partake in all the activities on the waterfront. 

Big Bear Lake, California

  1. Big Bear Lake, California

Big Bear Lake is perfect for year round residents for outdoor fun. Located right within the San Bernardino Mountain Range, Big Bear Lake offers hot summers to enjoy lake activities, and cooler winters, making it a popular skiing destination. 

Bigfork, Montana

  1. Bigfork, Montana

Bigfork is located right at the mouth of the Swan River and near the Flathead River, and offers not only natural wonders, but cultural diversity as well. Bigfork offers the feeling of a big city, all within a small town. 

Greensboro, Georgia

  1. Greensboro, Georgia

Located just an hour away from Atlanta, located along Lake Oconee, Greensboro offers a small town, quiet lifestyle to retire in. Furthermore, Greensboro experiences a warm southern climate year round, making it an excellent place to retire in. 

Clermont, Florida

  1. Clermont, Florida

Although in Florida, Clermont sits right within Lake County, offering its residents to enjoy many lakeside destinations at Lake Minneola, Lake Apopka, and the Clermont Chain of Lakes which include Lake Louisa. Residents are able to enjoy year -round Florida climate, all while sitting by the lake!


Many people dream about retiring by a lake, and the towns on this list offer the best options for those looking to retire soon. There are a number of towns one could retire in, with many different advantages and disadvantages, it really depends on the person to decide what is important to them for the place that they retire. 

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