Lake Lovers Love Lakelubbers.
The idea for Lakelubbers was born six years after Brian and Lisa Raub, co-founders, moved to Virginia's Smith Mountain Lake in 2001. They created travel-related websites about vacation rentals in 1996 (Vacation Villa Referral Center and then A1Vacations.com), Smith Mountain Lake in 1998, and Watauga Lake, Tennessee in 2006. In 2007, they began building Lakelubbers' worldwide database of lakes and reservoirs for lake enthusiasts like themselves. This lakes database became the foundation for Lakelubbers' "Lakes for Vacation and Recreation", an online directory for lake lovers.
A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. - from "Walden, Or Life In The Woods" by Henry David Thoreau, 1854
Lakelubbers covers 1,700 vacation and recreation lakes worldwide, with about 1,370 USA lakes - in all 50 states - and 330 lakes in 65 other countries. We feature vacation, recreation, and relocation information about the world's best-known lakes - with lake vacation rentals, lake statistics, messaging forums, fishing reports, and much more. We can help you to find your next vacation destination or a retirement home - on and near inland lakes.
If your favorite lake is not yet described on Lakelubbers, please suggest it. We also welcome you to contribute photos of your favorite lakes.
Lakelubbers looks forward to making you a "lake enthusiast", and to providing you with the information you need to plan your next lake vacation - or to retire to a beautiful spot with a lake view - anywhere in the world that you'd like to go.
What is a lake? Lakelubbers.com defines a lake as a natural or man-made inland body of water that provides significant recreational or residential opportunities. There's no "official" minimum size (in surface area or volume) that defines a lake, but 75% of the lakes on Lakelubbers have a surface area of one square mile (640 acres) or more. The largest 50 of the world's lakes each cover millions of acres. 60 of Earth's lakes include more than 10 million acre-feet of water, and just one acre foot equals 325 million gallons! The world's deepest lake drops 5,314 feet - more than a mile - from its surface to 3,818 feet below sea level, while the world's highest elevated lakes reach more than 13,000 feet above sea level. And nearly 40 of the world's lakes have shorelines that exceed 1,000 miles.
What's a Lakelubber? A Lakelubber is a person who loves lakes -- a connoisseur of inland bodies of water. "Lakelubber" is not yet in any dictionary ("landlubber" is), but we hope to remedy that. Lake Lovers Love Lakelubbers!
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Lakelubbers' Staff, Lake Writers, and Contributors
Brian Raub, Co-Founder - Co-founded Lakelubbers in 2007. Raised in Pennsylvania, Brian earned a BA in Political Science from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He founded the Vacation Villa Referral Center (1996) and then A1Vacations, which became one of the world's largest vacation rental advertising services. Brian directs website development and occasionally writes about lakes that he visits. He lives on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia and in Costa Rica.
Lisa Raub, Co-Founder - Co-founded Lakelubbers in 2007. Raised in Pennsylvania, Lisa earned her BA in Psychology from Yale University and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Lisa was the president of A1Vacations.com from 1999 to 2005, when it was acquired by Homeaway. Lisa writes Lakelubbers' monthly newsletter, blog, and Facebook content. She also manages day-to-day operations. Lisa lives on Virginia's Smith Mountain Lake and in Costa Rica.
Pete Grosch, Marketing Director - Joined LakeLubbers in 2009 to develop marketing/sales strategies - after starting and retiring from two businesses. Pete earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Emory University. He lives with his wife in North Carolina, and enjoys cycling, backpacking, and reading novels and poetry.
Esteban Valerio Hernandez, Web Programmer and Developer - Joined Lakelubbers in 2009. Esteban lives in Costa Rica and has worked as a website developer since 2007. Fluent in three languages, he is a student of Computer Science at the University of Costa Rica - and thrives on new challenges. Esteban programs our user interface and manages ongoing redesign, networking, and software manitenance.
Laura Rodriguez Escude, Graphic Designer - Joined Lakelubbers in 2009. Laura was born in Barcelona, Spain and raised on Costa Rica's plains. She is an architecture student turned web designer, graduating soon from the University of Costa Rica. Laura is responsible for Lakelubbers' graphic design and page layout. She is also a passionate flamenco student.
Linda Sunkle-Pierucki, Lake Researcher, Writer, and Lake Facts Checker - Joined Lakelubbers in 2008. Linda worked in the human services field for 18 years and in the trucking industry for another 20 years. In between she raised three children and enjoyed visiting lakes of every size and description in her native Michigan. Linda lives on a small-town Michigan version of Golden Pond.
Paul Glover, Programming Manager & Network Administrator, 2007-2011. Originally from Lisburn, Northern Ireland, Paul earned his BSC in Information & Communications Technology from Queens University in Belfast, Ireland. Paul previously worked in software development for Aepona Group Ltd. & Northbook Technology, in Belfast. He lives in Virginia.
Erin Raub, Social Media Marketing Advisor, 2007-2010. Raised in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, Erin earned her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Virginia. She writes about travel and adventure from her adoptive country, Costa Rica.
Fabian Cordero, Lake Photos Manager - 2009-2010. Born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, Fabian moved to the Heredia mountains in 2008. Feeding his interest for all things environmental, he earned his BA degree in agronomy from the University of Costa Rica. Fabian is currently completing a degree in Natural Resources Management.
Jennifer Merritt, Lake Researcher and Writer - Joined Lakelubbers in 2008. Originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Jennifer earned a BFA in Ceramics from Penn State University and studied graduate-level Architecture at Virginia Tech. She moved to Virginia in 1994, where Jennifer lives on a 16 acre farm pond with her husband and three young sons.
Sarah Enquist, Lake Researcher and Writer - Joined Lakelubbers in 2008. Sarah grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and earned an Associate degree at Virginia Western Community College. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband, two sons, and one daughter.
Sandra Durham, Lake Researcher and Writer - Joined Lakelubbers in 2008. A Virginia native, Sandra earned her BS from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. After 18 years in retail banking, she became involved in her daughter's school, which led to teaching and to her Masters of Education from UVa's Curry School. Now a full-time teacher and part-time writer, Sandra lives in Virginia's beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and daughter.
Cathy Herpich, Lake Researcher and Writer - Joined Lakelubbers in 2009. An avid reader and researcher, Cathy earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. After serving 25 years in public and special libraries, Cathy now provides occasional library consulting services and volunteers at the local Animal Defense League. She lives in Texas with her husband.
Teri Olcott, Lake Researcher and Writer - Joined Lakelubbers in 2009. Originally from Arizona, Teri now lives in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. She has been writing all her life and has worked as a newspaper reporter, ad designer and technical writer. For fun, Teri writes screenplays, short stories and poetry.
Kristen Plank Clement, Lake Researcher and Writer - Joined Lakelubbers in 2009. Kristen graduated from the University of Georgia in 2008 with a degree in communications before becoming a reporter in Colorado. She now lives in Indiana and enjoys writing, horseback riding, and reading cooking blogs.
Genna Marie Robustelli, Lake Researcher and Writer - Joined Lakelubbers in 2009. Genna Marie is a freelance writer currently living in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. She focuses on travel features, magazine and website content and business copy. Genna grew up in Connecticut and Georgia, and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2006.
Laura Plank, Lake Researcher and Writer - Joined Lakelubbers in 2010. Born in San Diego and raised in Georgia, Laura is earning her degree in Chemistry at Georgia Perimeter College. She spent several years in customer service and now enjoys freelance writing. Laura spends her free time with her fiance and their son. She also enjoys reading and riding horses.
Jen Durgan, Lake Researcher and Writer - Joined Lakelubbers in 2010. A native of the Adirondacks in Northern New York, Jen earned a degree in English literature in 1996 and has worked in the publishing industry ever since. She is currently an editor and writer for a technical publications company in New York, where she lives with her husband. Jen enjoys home improvement projects and reading.
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