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Is there anything better than a classic lakefront summer vacation? Rather than rubbing shoulders with other travelers in a hotel this summer, consider renting a private home on one of America’s beautiful lakes.

Fortunately, Airbnb has no shortage of summer houses for rent that offer every single amenity you’d find in a lakefront resort, such as swimming pools, theater, and game rooms, hot tubs, and even private sandy beaches and docks. 

And with thousands of lakes dotting the U.S., you won’t have to travel far to find a tranquil spot for a relaxing — and upscale — weekend getaway. To help you get started, we rounded up nine Airbnb lake houses worth taking a trip for — from a sprawling estate on the shores of Lake George in upstate New York to a historic house dating back to the 19th century.

Here are our favorites. We may earn a commission from product or booking links on this page.

Malibu house for rent on Lake Michigan
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Malibu House on Lake Michigan

Location: Cleveland, Wisconsin

Great times await in this spectacular six-bedroom, six-bathroom modern beachfront home on the shores of Lake Michigan. With a nine-seat screening room, a game room, and an indoor pool, this house is the perfect year-round getaway. 

The backyard boasts private lake access, a fire pit with seating and swings around it, and plenty of green spaces to run and play.

To book: Airbnb.com

Modern home for rent on Lake Norman.
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Modern Home on Lake Norman

Location: Mooresville, North Carolina

Water views envelop this modern and newly renovated home on scenic Lake Norman. It boasts 6,000 square feet, five bedrooms, oversized windows with gorgeous views, and soaking bathtubs in the bathrooms. It’s a relaxing retreat with every modern amenity you could think of (and want). And speaking of amenities, with a pool and multiple covered porches and decks, the outdoor area was made with entertainment in mind. Sailing enthusiasts rejoice — there is a covered boat house and a private dock.

To book: Airbnb.com

Lakefront home on Lake Travis, Austin
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Waterfront Estate on Lake Travis

Location: Austin, Texas

Cool off from the summer heat in Austin in this stunning estate overlooking Lake Travis. A chef’s outdoor kitchen, a hot tub, a fire pit, a palm-fringed pool, and a spacious sun deck ensure plenty of fun moments outside. The residence has seven bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms, so it’s perfect for a multigenerational getaway. The theater and game rooms will keep younger guests entertained while adults can indulge in wine tasting in the cellar.

To book: Airbnb.com

Villa Harrah for rent on Lake Tahoe
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Villa Harrah on Lake Tahoe

Location: Glenbrook, Nevada

This spectacular property on Lake Tahoe could be the backdrop for plenty of memorable moments with your loved ones. Located in Nevada, it sits on a private sandy beach and treats its guests to five-star amenities such as a theater room, a spa with a sauna and a beauty salon, a wet bar, and a pool table. The expansive views of the lake that open up from the living room are absolutely breathtaking and will certainly make for a good Instagram moment. Also worth a place on your grid: The house’s sleek décor that includes some pretty picture-perfect art and furniture.

Outside, a private pier and a pool offer respite from the summer heat. 

To book: Airbnb.com

Lakefront house for rent in New Fairfield, Connecticut
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Rustic Chic Home on Candlewood Lake

Location: New Fairfield, Connecticut

You’ll find this gem of a lakefront home just an hour and a half from New York City, nestled among lush greenery on Candlewood Lake. The house has multiple outdoor lounge areas, including a restaurant-worthy al fresco kitchen with a wood-burning pizza oven and a wine fridge, all fit for a Michelin-starred chef (celebrity chef Donatella Arpaia owns the home). 

Inside, oversized windows, a fireplace, and rustic chic décor add a homey vibe, while the spacious five bedrooms, all with king-sized beds, will help you relax after a busy day of fun activities. 

To book: Airbnb.com

The Pumphouse on Lake Superior, Minnesota
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The Pumphouse on Lake Superior

Location: Duluth, Minnesota

This historic home is the perfect home base to explore America’s biggest lake. Formerly a water pump house for the city of Duluth, the home certainly doesn’t lack character from the outside. However, the interior has been completely renovated and has been transformed into a contemporary space with elegant décor in a bright color palette of whites and earthy browns. 

A quiet outdoor area with lounge furniture and a small beach guarantee privacy and special moments. 

To book: Airbnb.com

Modern lakefront house on Flathead Lake, Montana
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Modern Mountain House on Flathead Lake

Location: Polson, Montana

Privacy, modern amenities, and endless water views are some of the highlights of this Airbnb sitting above the shoreline of Montana’s second-biggest lake. Enjoy the panoramic vistas from the large living room with high ceilings or, even better, from the hot tub outside.  

The four-bedroom residence also has a game room, a beautiful and spacious open floor plan living room area with a kitchen and a breakfast island for four, a faux stone fireplace, and a dining room.

To book: Airbnb.com 

Lake house with private beach on Lake Tahoe, California
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House with Private Beach on Lake Tahoe

Location: Carnelian Bay, California

Wake up to picture-perfect views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Mountains. This family-friendly home with four bedrooms hits all the right marks — the open floor plan brings everyone together, the décor is impeccable, and the private beach and spacious deck provide plenty of opportunities for water sports or to soak up some vitamin D. 

The bedrooms all have smart TVs, plush beds, oversized windows, or French doors, so those beautiful views are literally everywhere you look.

To book: Airbnb.com

Lake house on lake George, New York
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Bolton Manor on Lake George

Location: Bolton Landing, New York

Spectacular is an understatement for this sprawling manor on Lake George. More than 11,000 square feet of prime real estate are furnished with hotel-level amenities. We are talking private lakefront with a dock, a sandy beach, a movie theater, a gym, a bar/pub for post-dinner drinks and watching sports, a beautiful lawn, and a game room. 

Several living rooms, multiple stone fireplaces, seven bedrooms, and seven bathrooms are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the comforts this stunning lakefront home offers. 

To book: Airbnb.com

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