Wahweap Campground Glen Park National Recreation Area, Lake Powell
What better payoff for taking the camping plunge than the finger canyons of Lake Powell? A waterfront campground comes with basic creature comforts (hot showers, shaded picnic tables). After breakfast, the main event: Rent a boat or kayak at the marina to explore what looks for all the world like Zion National Park filled halfway with water. From $23; 888/486-4665.
Fallen Leaf Campground, Lake Tahoe
Set between Lake Tahoe and smaller, mellower Fallen Leaf Lake, the campground makes it easy to enjoy swimming in and boating on both bodies of water. Beginners who feel iffy about sleeping on the ground can rent yurts with platforms and electric lights. You’ll find hot showers and a general store. Showers, grocery, fishing, yurts/tent cabins/cabins; recreation.gov; from $32; open May 16–Oct 12.