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Lopez Lake Recreation Area

Distance: 195 miles one-way. Lopez Lake is a diamond in the rough where 345 campsites dot the grassy hillsides overlooking a 1,000-acre shimmering blue lake. Jet skis, motorboats and kayakers launch from a busy marina that is home to a convenience store, a tackle shop, a restaurant and a boat rental business. That cacophony of screaming kids and water splashing comes from the water slide park on the eastern shore of the lake. And those soaring black wings overhead are turkey vultures, just part of a vibrant assortment of wildlife, including deer, wild turkeys, egrets and herons. -- Hugo Martín
Lake Lopez Recreation Area
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