The words “lakefront property” are often enough to send anyone into a reverie of daydreams about spending lazy afternoons relaxing by the water. But before you go ahead and buy just any land for sale that’s been advertised as “lakefront,” take the time to think about what you really want out of your property.
Do you want a place for kayaking or swimming? Do you want fishing land that’s accessible all year round, or only for the summer? These considerations and more will influence what kind of lakefront property is right for you. Real estate companies won’t hesitate to advertise their listings in the most positive light possible, but the truth is not all lakes are created equal.
When in doubt, look to the water itself. These characteristics should impact your decision-making.
- Shoreline – Many lakefront fishing lands are surrounded by forests to preserve the natural area. Boaters may want a shore with access or storage, but making changes to the land isn’t always feasible. Your proximity to the water may be regulated by state laws or limited by the lay of the land itself.
- Neighbors – A large property is likely to share its shoreline with other neighbors. More than 38 million Americans hunt and fish, and each one does so in their own way. It’s important to have a shared vision of the use of the land and water among neighbors to conserve the natural resources. All told, sportsmen have contributed more than $13.7 billion over the last 80 years for on-the-ground projects to protect fish and wildlife, and continually lend about $8 million every day to support wildlife and wildlife agencies. Make sure the people around you are as dedicated to protecting the land as you are.
- Quality – The size and depth of the water can influence what kind of fish inhabit the lake as well as what kind of boats you can use in them. Shallow waters won’t support motor boats and may be more susceptible to fluctuations in water levels, but they often produce more vegetation. It’s important to also consider any pollution runoff in your area, possible invasive species, and susceptibility to algae blooms in your area.
With so many extra considerations to think about, real estate brokers who specialize in lakefront property can be your guide to finding that perfect fishing spot. After all, there’s nothing better than sitting back and enjoying the view from your new dock.