Last Updated February 22, 2021 2/22/2021

22 Best Lake House Vacation Rentals in the U.S.

Our research is editorially independent but we may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Dreaming of a tranquil lake vacation? There may be no better accommodation option than a lake house rental. You’ll be steps from the water for all sorts of recreation while enjoying a breathtaking lake view and often all the perks of a home and then some. Your perfect rental, from America’s west to the sultry south and the beautiful northeast, is sure to be found on this list.

YOU'RE ALL SET!

Look out for our newsletters in your inbox soon.

Advertisement
Lake Sutherland Lakefront Home - Port Angeles, Washington
Credit: VRBO.com
Lake Sutherland Lakefront Vacation Home, Washington

Lake Sutherland Lakefront Home - Port Angeles, Washington

Located just outside Olympic National Park, this beautiful lakefront home is surrounded by spectacular views while providing an especially serene escape. It sleeps up to eight in three bedrooms and has a private beachfront, new dock and water toys like noodles, a standup paddleboard, a rowboat and four kayaks. Lifejackets are included too.  Some of the highlights of the home include an outdoor fire pit, satellite TV with an extensive 100+ DVD movie collection, a wood stove and a fully-equipped open kitchen.

Waterfront Island Cabin - Bigfork, Montana
Credit: Airbnb.com
Waterfront Island Cabin, Bigfork, Montana

Waterfront Island Cabin - Bigfork, Montana

Located on the west side of Deer Island in Echo Lake near the town of Bigfork, just a 45-minute drive from Glacier National Park, this waterfront cabin accommodates six, providing lots of privacy, peace and quiet. It can only be accessed by boat – you can reach it in your own vessel or take advantage of the available pontoon boat. It includes two bedrooms plus a sleeping loft, a well-appointed kitchen and a cozy fireplace. Outside you’ll have a wrap-around deck for relaxing with mountain and lake views as well as a fire pit for campfires under the stars.

Lake Havasu Luxury Vacation Home - Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Credit: VRBO.com
Best View in Havasu Luxury Vacation Home

Lake Havasu Luxury Vacation Home - Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Lake Havasu is one of the top spots for water fun in the southwest, with opportunities for all sorts of recreation, including sunset cruises, swimming, water skiing and much more. This three-bedroom executive home is perfectly situated for taking advantage of the lake and boasts a stunning panoramic view too.  Sleeping up to eight in three bedrooms, it has a resort-like backyard with a saltwater pebble tech pool, a spa, fire pit and putting green as well as a large covered patio with a BBQ.

Inside of the home is a gorgeous stone fireplace, a flat-screen TV with a stereo system that includes surround sound, a Blu-ray player, and an iPod dock. With in-ceiling speakers for the backyard patio, you can enjoy your favorite music while you’re swimming too. There’s also a very well-equipped kitchen, complete with a wine fridge, a washer/dryer and much more.

Modern House on Lake Michigan with Sandy Beach - Mackinac Island, Michigan
Credit: vrbo.com
Modern House on Lake Michigan with Sandy Beach

Modern House on Lake Michigan with Sandy Beach - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Enjoy a stay in a modern beach house with direct Lake Michigan views from its three bedrooms, each of which has a balcony, and the open main level. You’ll be steps from a soft sandy beach and clear shallow waters for swimming while enjoying breathtaking sunset views that include the St. Helena Island Nature Preserve. Located in St. Ignace, you’ll be minutes from golf courses, ziplines and ferries to storybook Mackinac Island where you can enjoy old-fashioned horse and buggy rides.

Great Tahoe Home with Deck & Panoramic Lake Tahoe View - Ridgewood, California
Credit: VRBO.com
Great Tahoe Home with Panoramic Lake View

Great Tahoe Home with Deck & Panoramic Lake Tahoe View - Ridgewood, California

This three-bedroom home sits on an acre and accommodates six to eight guests, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of Lake Tahoe which can be enjoyed from many vantage points, including while soaking in the hot tub. The house has a large woodstove, free firewood included, ideal for chilly winters. Snowplow service is provided to keep the driveway clear, and in the summer months, outdoor furniture is provided on the 60-foot deck for alfresco dining.

The Leland Lake House - Quilcene, Washington
Credit: Airbnb.com
The Leland Lake House, Quilcene, Washington

The Leland Lake House - Quilcene, Washington

Just a 20-mile drive from Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula, this lakefront home in Quilcene offers the perfect spot for a myriad of day trips, although it provides enough of its own that you’ll never have to leave unless you really want to. Simply relax with a view, while watching for wildlife like bald eagles and otters or enjoy swimming, fishing and paddling on the lake. There are miles and miles of scenic hiking trails nearby and it comes with a canoe, a large private dock, a hot tub and a fire pit. Inside you’ll find all the essentials like a fully equipped kitchen along with a wood-burning stove.

Charming home with Direct Lake Access - Moosehead Lake, Maine
Credit: VRBO.com
Moosehead Lake Home with direct lake access, Maine

Charming home with Direct Lake Access - Moosehead Lake, Maine

Located in the southernmost cove of Moosehead Lake, up to nine guests can enjoy private access to the water while being close to a public beach from this charming house. There’s a private dock and open area by the shoreline for relaxing and sitting around a fire. On the side of the home is a large deck with lake views and a BBQ grill provided. You’ll be within walking distance to shopping, dining and other services in the town of Greenville too.

The Beachside Retreat - Coeur d Alene, Idaho
Credit: VRBO.com
The Beachside Retreat, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

The Beachside Retreat - Coeur d Alene, Idaho

Beautiful Lake Coeur d’ Alene in the Idaho panhandle offers a wide array of water-based activities, including lake cruises and sailing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, fishing and just about any water activity imaginable. Enjoy it from this large and luxurious home that accommodates up to 16 and includes a private beach and dock. It has a formal living room with lots of large windows and a 50″ Smart TV with Netflix. Guests can also enjoy foosball, chess and a baccarat table along with a vintage authentic vinyl player with a large selection of records.

Stillwater Mountain House - Lake Santeetlah, North Carolina
Credit: VRBO.com
Quiet Lakeside Mountain Retreat on Santeetlah Lake, North Carolina

Stillwater Mountain House - Lake Santeetlah, North Carolina

The Stillwater Mountain House sleeps up to 12 guests comfortably, located on Lake Santeetlah which features 76 miles of mostly protected shoreline as part of the national forest in the shadows of majestic mountains.  Enjoy swimming or boating from the private dock, and paddling around in the four kayaks which are included. The house provides lake views from almost every room and all doors of the breakfast room open to decks overlooking the lake. Shopping, dining, hiking and mountain biking can all be enjoyed nearby.

Squam Lake Summer Cottage - Holderness, New Hampshire
Credit: VRBO.com
Squam Lake Summer Cottage

Squam Lake Summer Cottage - Holderness, New Hampshire

Famous as the setting for the 1981 film “On Golden Pond,” picturesque Squam Lake is framed by the scenic White Mountain foothills in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. This home provides of commanding view of both, along with White Oak Pond. It features five bedrooms, accommodating up to eight, along with the old-fashioned turn of the century charms. It includes two fireplaces, a screened porch, a private red clay tennis court, and access to a beach and swimming area in a private cove on the lake.

Pine Island Paradise - Caddo Lake, Texas
Credit: VRBO.com
Pine Island Paradise

Pine Island Paradise - Caddo Lake, Texas

Pine Island Paradise offers an ideal base for enjoying magnificent Caddo with its centuries-old cypress trees draped in Spanish moss and pristine water that’s outstanding for fishing, while teeming with wildlife, from eagles and great blue herons to alligators and mink. The three-bedroom house sits on an acre of land, facing the woods with the lake at the back. It has a fully-equipped kitchen, toys, children’s books and board games, along with exercise equipment on the enclosed front porch for working out with a view.

Scenic Bear Lake Home with Hot Tub - Big Bear Lake, California
Credit: VRBO.com
Scenic Lakefront Home with Hot Tub, Bear Lake, California

Scenic Bear Lake Home with Hot Tub - Big Bear Lake, California

This lakefront home offers the quintessential lake vacation in the San Bernardino National Forest, accommodating up to seven while providing breathtaking views of Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains from every room. It even comes with a hot tub for soaking among the views, ideal after a day of play. Enjoy water sports like boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and jet-skiing, as well as mountain biking, zip-line rides, horseback riding, hiking, an alpine water slide, off-roading, and more.

Lake of the Ozarks Lakefront Home - Sunrise Beach, Missouri
Credit: VRBO.com
Lakefront Home at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Lake of the Ozarks Lakefront Home - Sunrise Beach, Missouri

Nestled among the rolling hills of Central Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the top fishing and golfing destinations in America’s Heartland. It also offers world-class boating, lots of dining options, state parks and an array of other recreational activities with an incredible 1,150 miles of scenic shoreline. Enjoy it at Deweys Dream, four-bedroom lakefront home with magnificent views. It has a large two-level deck with lots of space for outdoor grilling, a private dock with an open slip and swim platform in deep water cove. Inside is a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen, a fireplace and many upscale perks.

Family-Friendly Lakefront Retreat - Soldotna, Alaska
Credit: VRBO.com
Family Friendly Lake Front Retreat, Soldotna, Alaska

Family-Friendly Lakefront Retreat - Soldotna, Alaska

Enjoy the wilds of Alaska from this two-bedroom lakefront retreat that accommodates up to five. Ideal for a family, it has an open-floor concept with a loft area upstairs, although bedrooms aren’t closed. The kitchen has everything you need, including all stainless steel appliances, and there’s a large deep freezer in the garage for freezing the fish you catch. The house sits directly on March Lake with access to Douglas Lake, both of which are stocked with rainbow trout -fishing poles are included.

Lakefront Views - Lake Champlain, Vermont
Credit: VRBO.com
Lakefront Views - Lake Champlain, Vermont

Lakefront Views - Lake Champlain, Vermont

Lake Champlain isn’t just famous for the ancient sea monster known as Champ, its own version of Scotland’s Nessie, it’s a bucket list body of water for fishing. Kayaking, canoeing and sailing, hiking and wildlife watching can be enjoyed too. This charming two-bedroom cottage offers a great way to enjoy it all, complete with a beach, kayaks, mountain sunsets, a gas fireplace, and lots of books and art. Sip your morning coffee or wine on the deck while enjoying the views, and look forward to incredible stargazing in one of the darkest areas in the Northern Hemisphere. The fully-stocked kitchen has all you need, including olive oil and spices, and you’ll find plenty of firewood for a roaring fire on the beach.

Lakefront Cabin with Dock - Grand Lake, Colorado
Credit: airbnb.com
Lakefront Cabin with a Dock in Grand Lake

Lakefront Cabin with Dock - Grand Lake, Colorado

Located on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park right on Grand Lake, this cabin sleeps six in three bedrooms, offering an unforgettable vacation in any season. Enjoy campfires by the water, fishing, swimming and boating during the warmer months, with winter bringing opportunities for cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling and ice fishing. It includes a full kitchen with all the essentials, a TV, a washer/dryer, and Wi-Fi.

Grandma's Cabin in the Woods on the Lake - Flathead Lake, Montana
Credit: VRBO.com
Grandma's Cabin in the Woods on Flathead Lake, Montana

Grandma's Cabin in the Woods on the Lake - Flathead Lake, Montana

This comfortable three-bedroom home, plus a loft, accommodates up to 12 guests on beautiful Flathead Lake. You’ll be surrounded by lake and mountain views, and in the winter, close to both Blacktail and Whitefish Mountain Ski Resorts. It includes a private beach, boat dock and fire pit, as well as a large deck with water, beach and sunset views.  The fully-equipped kitchen opens to a dining room, with plenty of space for the whole family and then some. The 60-foot dock has shore stations for a boat and jet ski if you want to bring your water toys or rent them locally.

Bird Watcher's Paradise - Klamath Falls, Oregon
Credit: airbnb.com
Bird Watcher's Paradise - Klamath Falls, Oregon

Bird Watcher's Paradise - Klamath Falls, Oregon

Set along the eastern shores of Klamath Lake close to historic downtown Klamath Falls, this four-bedroom cabin sleeps up to eight guests and includes a private pebble beach. You hosts have even provided canoes and paddleboards for getting out on the water along with a Ping Pong table, pool table, board games, and both a propane and charcoal grill. When you want to relax you can unwind with an amazing lake view or cozy up to the fireplace, with wood supplied.

Love Shack on Lake Superior - Marquette, Michigan
Credit: airbnb.com
Love Shack on Lake Superior

Love Shack on Lake Superior - Marquette, Michigan

Located on the stunning Upper Michigan Peninsula, the romantic “Love Lot” is a one-bedroom cabin for two, providing the perfect Love Shack overlooking Lake Superior from a clifftop perch. While it has glass walls to bring the outdoors in, you’ll have total privacy. It’s a place to disconnect from the chaos of the “real” world and reconnect to each other with no electricity included. It does come with a Finnish-built sauna, gas lights, and heat as well as a fire pit with a grill and dutch oven for cooking up meals. Bring a flashlight, food, drinking water, and ice – then just kick back and enjoy.

Lakefront Log Cabin with a Million-Dollar Views - Wedowee, Alabama
Credit: Airbnb.com
Lakefront Log Cabin, Wedowee, Alabama,

Lakefront Log Cabin with a Million-Dollar Views - Wedowee, Alabama

The perfect log cabin for those looking for plenty of luxuries in their cabin stay, you’ll be right along the banks of Lake Wedowee, enjoying the breathtaking lake, sunrise, and sunset views. It accommodates up to 10 in three bedrooms plus a loft area and comes with a complimentary canoe for paddling out on the water. After a day of play, relax in the hot tub, play mini pool, foosball or games on the Super Nintendo system. There’s a satellite TV with a DVD player for movie nights too.

La Cabana Carmelita - Kings Beach, California
Credit: airbnb.com
La Cabana Carmelita

La Cabana Carmelita - Kings Beach, California

Located in Lake Tahoe’s Kings Beach area, this cozy cabin offers lake views, accommodating up to three and your four-legged friend too as it’s dog-friendly. You’ll be able to walk to town, the best beaches, trailheads and the casinos, then come back to enjoy a relaxing space with a kitchenette and a large deck that has a gas grill and patio furniture for dining alfresco.

CDA Houseboat - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Credit: Airbnb.com
CDA houseboat

CDA Houseboat - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

You won’t get any closer to the water than a stay on a houseboat, and this is the only houseboat rental on Lake Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho. A vintage houseboat with modern amenities, it offers plenty of space with an open floor plan, accommodating up to six guests with everything you need for a relaxing stay. It includes a kitchen, full bathroom, and a step down sleeping berth for the kids or extra guests. The master stateroom has a door for total privacy.

You May Also Like
13 Cancun Resorts with the Best Beaches
YOU'RE ALL SET!

Look out for our newsletters in your inbox soon.

Oops!

Please fill out highlighted fields and click "Compare Prices" to continue.