Summertime means one thing for a lot of people: time spent at the lake. Whether you’re swimming, sunbathing, or simply enjoying the view, the lake is a great place to spend a hot summer day.

If you want to make your visit even more fun, why not try some water lake games? Here are nine of the best water games for the lake that are sure to make a splash.

5 Lake Games That Require You To Get Into The Water.

You’ll need to jump into the lake in order to play the following five games. And to have the most fun, you’ll need at least four players!

1. Marco Polo.

Lake game for ages 5+

Think of this classic game as an aquatic version of tag (hint: you can also play it in your backyard swimming pool).

One person is “it” and closes their eyes while everyone else swims away. When the “it” player calls out “Marco”, everyone else has to answer “Polo”. The “it” player must rely on their hearing to locate the other players and tag them.

Once the “it” player tags someone, he or she becomes the “it” player for the next round.


  • Family fun for both adults and kids.
  • No equipment is necessary.


  • You need a large group of players to have the most fun.

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2. Chicken Fight.

Water game for ages 5+

This is one of the best water games for the lake, and is so much fun when you have players who are competitive.

Two people team up and get on each other’s shoulders, forming a human chicken. The water must be shallow enough for the standing team member to have their shoulders out of the water.

The goal is to knock other teams’ chickens off their feet. This an be done by pushing them, splashing water in their faces, or anything else you can think of. The last team standing is the winner!


  • Hilarious to watch.
  • Great for competing family vs family.


  • Not so great if you don’t have a sense of humor.
  • Need a minimum of four people.

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3. Splash Ball.

Water game for ages 5+

This is one of the most popular water games for the lake, and it’s easy to see why. It’s similar to volleyball, but played in the water with a beach ball.

Set up a net in the shallows and have players form teams of two or three people. The object of the game is to keep the ball from touching your side of the net, similar to volleyball.

The catch is that players can only use their hands to splash the ball over the net.


  • It’s a great cardio workout.
  • You can play with a large group of people.


  • You need a beach ball and a net.

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4. Simon Says.

Water game for ages 4+

This water game is less physical than others, so it can include younger kids.

One person is “it” and gives commands to the group, such as “Simon says touch your toes”, “Simon says splash water in the air”.

The group must only do the action if it starts with “Simon says”. If someone does the action without hearing “Simon says”, then they’re out.


  • Great for young kids.
  • Easy to learn and play.


  • Not so great for older kids or adults.
  • Simon can get bossy!

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5. Atomic Whirlpool.

Water game for ages 5+

This is one of the most unique water games for the lake.

Everyone starts in a circle. Slowly walk around the circle in the same direction. Once you start walking, begin to go faster and faster until everyone is running in the water.

A whirlpool will form and your kids will notice that they’re being pulled off the ground and into the center.

When the water starts to really move, everyone turns and runs in the other direction. Chaos ensues. The last person to stay on their feet wins!


  • So much fun to watch.
  • Great for wearing kids out.


  • Not for those who get dizzy easily!
  • Need a large number of kids to play.

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2 Lake Games That You Can Play From The Shore.

Unlike the previous five games, these ones don’t require you to get into the water. You’ll be sure to cool off, even if you don’t feel like swimming.

1. Water Balloon Toss.

Lake shore game for ages 5+

This game is suitable for both kids and adults. Fill up water balloons and line players up in teams of two, facing each other.

Make the players take one step back from one another.

The first team member then tosses the balloon to their partner, who must catch it without popping it. Teams that pop their balloons are out, while the remaining teams must take another step back and throw again!


  • The game doesn’t require you to get into the lake


  • You need a lot of water balloons

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2. Water Bomb Tag.

Lakeshore game for ages 5+

This is one of my favourite water games for the lake, because it never fails to create an overwhelming amount of excitement. Before playing fill up at least 50 water balloons with water.

Next, create a boundary area at the edge of the lake (once the game begins, players aren’t allowed to run outside the boundary of that area).

Designate an “it” person and arm the with a few water balloons. On “go” they must try to tag other players by throwing water ballons at them. Whoever gets tagged becomes the “it” player.


  • You don’t need to be in the water to play


  • You need A LOT of water balloons
  • Kids have to be of roughly the same age and weight

Frequently Asked Questions About Swimming In Lakes.

How can kids be safe when swimming in lakes?

There are a few things that parents can do to help keep their kids safe in the water:

1. Teach them to swim. This is the best way to prevent drowning.

2. Supervise them at all times. Don’t take your eyes off of them, even for a second.

3. Make sure they wear properly fitted life jackets. They should always wear a life jacket when they’re in a boat, and it’s also a good idea to have them wear one when they’re swimming in the lake.

4. Teach them about water safety. This includes things like not swimming alone, not going out too far, and not diving into shallow water.

Where are the best lakes in America?

There are many beautiful lakes in America, but some of the most popular ones include

  • Lake Tahoe in California.
  • Yellowstone Lake in Wyoming.
  • Crater Lake in Oregon.

Interesting Fact: What is the deepest lake in America? Crater Lake in Oregon is the deepest, with a depth of 1,949 feet (594 meters).

Which state has the cleanest lakes?

This is difficult to answer definitively as lakes can become polluted for many reasons, including agricultural runoff, urbanization and sewage treatment. However, some states that are considered to have clean lakes are

  • Alaska
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Wisconsin

Final Thoughts On Water Games For The Lake.

Water games for the lake can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to take precautions when swimming in lakes.

Make sure to teach your kids how to swim and supervise them closely. And always make sure they’re wearing life jackets! Thanks for reading!

Wendy Whycos