CHIMNEY ROCK, LAKE MARTIN, AL
GPS Coordinates: 32.7148° N, 85.8985° W
The floating trailer park party! Only accessible by water, Chimney Rock on Lake Martin is a popular hangout for adrenaline junkies of all ages. If you’re interested in doing a little cliff jumping, this is the place. With a 60-foot drop to the bottom, thrill seekers won’t be disappointed. If you’d rather stay on the boat and drink a cold one, don’t forget to check out the scenery. You can’t miss Chimney Rock’s array of graffiti—a full collection painted by Auburn-Alabama rivals and other local teens to show off their school spirit.
BIG ISLAND, LAKE MINNETONKA, MN
GPS Coordinates: 44.9291° N, 93.5641° W
In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Big Island on Lake Minnetonka is the place to party. In 1906, Big Island was home to its own amusement park with a roller coaster, carousel and a music pavilion. After some money issues, the amusement park closed its doors in 1911, making way for a private veteran’s camp to open years later. Years after that, Big Island was sold again and later named a public nature park. Long story short? While the names and faces have come and gone, Big Island has never lost its spirit to party. Each year on Independence Day, you’ll find no shortage of boaters looking to have a good time—and of course, no shortage of law enforcement doing their part to ensure that happens in a safe, law-abiding manner.
ZEPHYR COVE, LAKE TAHOE, NV
GPS Coordinates: 39.0068° N, 119.9484° W
This social oasis boasts luxury resorts, beachside bars, sand volleyball and much, much more—you might even find a waterside DJ booth. As summers come to an end on Lake Tahoe, the party never stops. Crowds move off the water and onto the ski slopes.
HOLIDAY ISLE SANDBAR, ISLAMORADA, FL
GPS Coordinates: 24.9960° N, 80.5448° W
Just off Route 1 heading south through the Florida Keys, you’ll find the Holiday Isle sandbar in Islamorada. Also home to the famous “Kokomo” Resort, which is rumored to have served as inspiration for the Beach Boy’s hit song, Islamorada is about as close to paradise as you can find within the continental United States. This party cove is known for their Sandbar Sundays. Locals and tourists from across the Keys join in for this tradition as flocks of boats come together at the sandbar for a day filled with sun, sand and plenty of booze.
PARTY COVE, LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO
GPS Coordinates: 38.1013° N, 92.6555° W
What used to be known as Anderson Hollow Cove in the Lake of the Ozarks is now commonly known as “Party Cove”—and with good reason. They also have the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, held at the end of August, has been called the “mother of aquatic top-speed events”.
HARMON CREEK PARTY COVE, LAKE CUMBERLAND, KY
GPS Coordinates: 36.9159° N, 84.9591° W
Past Guinness winner for Largest Boat Tie-Up, Harmon Creek Party Cove hosts one heck of a party scene. When Memorial Day, July Fourth, and Labor Day rolls around, there’s only one place to be in Kentucky. With over 100 miles in length, 1,200 miles of shoreline and an average depth of 90 feet, there’s plenty of room to party.
PUT-IN-BAY, SOUTH BASS ISLAND, OH
GPS Coordinates: 41.6542° N, 82.8207° W
The “Key West of Lake Erie” can be found at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. Laid-back vibes and strong-handed pours make Put-in-Bay an ideal spot for your next summer getaway. And don’t underestimate this relaxed crowd, when the sun goes down, they’ll be partying hard.
DEVIL’S COVE, LAKE TRAVIS, TX
GPS Coordinates: 30.4493° N, 97.9487° W
You know what they say; everything’s bigger in Texas, so we expect a lot out of this party cove. Luckily, Devil’s Cove doesn’t disappoint. Forget party boats, instead think party barges. Then, add waterslides, sound systems, barbecue pits, and margarita machines. While it may seem like just one big party, it’s also almost 30 sq. miles of warm waters and picturesque Hill Country scenery.
BRIDGEWATER CHANNEL, LAKE HAVASU, AZ
GPS Coordinates: 34.4839° N, 114.3225° W
If you really want to party, head to Lake Havasu to have some fun. You won’t want to miss Bridgewater Channel, a half-mile stretch of waterway between London Bridge and Rotary Park. Famous for being featured on MTV’s spring break coverage on multiple occasions, Lake Havasu isn’t for the faint of heart. For boaters who aren’t quite ready to get into the “spring break” mindset, we’d suggest avoiding Lake Havasu around the month of March. Otherwise, this 43-sq. mile long body of water is one of the State’s most popular recreational attractions with water temperatures ranging between 75-85 degrees.
MUSCAMOOT BAY, LAKE ST. CLAIR, MICHIGAN
GPS Coordinates: 42.5537° N, 82.6672° W
By far, “The Moot” is the hardest partying party cove in America. You will see everything that your fun, dirty, outrageous, hard partying mind can think of here.
Lake St. Clair hosts two of the world’s largest boat parties: Jobbie Nooner (takes place on and around Gull Island in June) and Raft Off (takes place in Muscamoot Bay in August). Each party has 60,000-100,000 boaters.
If you’re a true party boater, it’s not enough to just read about it, The Moot must be experienced.