Gasoline prices have put a stop to summer plans for the 6000 mile roundtrip drive to Saugenay Fiord, Quebec. I am trying to come up with an alternative destination a little closer to home. I am looking for someplace far enough north or at enough elevation that tent camping in late June is not going to be miserbly hot. Since I am in South Texas its around 600 miles just to get to the Texas border going north so I do not have many options within the 1000 mile (one way) limit I have set for the trip.
Northern Arkansas and southern Missouri lakes such as Beaver, Table Rock, Norfolk, and Bull Shoals seem to be the best possibilities. I would like to do 10-12 days paddling without having to do too much driving to different locations. Multiple different day trips out of each of several campgrounds or a couple of 2-4 day camping out of the kayak is what I am looking for.
- At the end of June would temps be cool enough for comfortable camping (low temps in low to mid 60’s or less) at any or all of these lakes?
- Do any of these lakes (or particular parts) have less jet-ski, skiing, high speed powerboat traffic than the others?
- Which of the lakes (or parts of a lake) have the least shoreline development?
- Am I crazy even thinking about kayaking on these lakes during the summer from a safety standpoint?
- Are there any other destinatons that you think might fit my criteria.
Thanks for any info you can give me.