Anglers, paddlers, sailors and water-skiers all converge in summer on Howard Prairie Lake, the man-made reservoir on the Dead Indian Plateau east of Ashland. Its popularity for camping can't be overestimated, either.
This year, Mail Tribune readers picked the spacious Howard Prairie Lake Resort, operated by Joel and Holly LeGrande, as their favorite campground.
"They come from England to you name it, and we're really happy to contribute to a great experience," says Joel LeGrande. "There was never a better year for water here, with the fair amount of snow we had in the spring."
The resort features nearly 300 campsites for tents, trailers and recreational vehicles, and more than half have utilities available. For people who don't want to sleep on the ground but don't have a motor home, the resort offers cabins, "schooners" and trailer rentals.
And the resort has one other compelling advantage, LeGrande says.
"We have no mosquitoes," he says. "The bats and swallows take care of that."
Other favorites: Lake of the Woods and Joseph H. Stewart State Park at Lost Creek Lake.