60 Lake Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

60 Lake Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a lake business in 2021?

We put together 60 of the best lake businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other lake businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a food truck ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet over 9 years ago, a food truck.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

We started the food truck business in 2012.

We kept finding it very difficult to find locations to operate. We had a booker that we used to find our locations but fell short and we let her go. I took over our booking and found that most people did not want to book just one truck, not only that they were upset that most of the time the trucks didn’t show up or were late.

We learned the real need was not only helping the trucks but providing a turnkey service for the corporations. This was a game-changer for us, we were really struggling financially.

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Jeffrey Mora, on starting Food Fleet ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a beverage company ($816K/year)

Nick Greeninger from Los Angeles, CA, USA started Tolago almost 2 years ago, a beverage company.

  • Revenue: $68,000/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

I received my Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications & Business from San Diego State University-California State University, and while studying took an internship at Rip Curl, which changed my life. After graduation, I worked my way up the ranks at Rip Curl.

After that, I helped launch Saint Archer Brewing Company, while managing athletes. Saint Archer was a slow build – as many startup businesses are – but eventually, the business merited my full focus, and I became the Director of Marketing. In 2015, we sold Saint Archer to Miller Coors. After a year of consulting for several regional beverage brands, I was tapped by Future Proof to lead their marketing nationally. With an all-star team and distribution in 18 states, my time with BeatBox was an incredible experience. And then . . . it felt like the time was right to launch a better-for-you product rooted in California lifestyle, Tolago Hard Seltzer.

Pre-selling brand awareness is not common in the liquor industry. Rather, most brands wait to start promotion once their product is in stores and available for purchase. We chose our own, different path, which allowed us to come out of the gate with built-in consumer pull.

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Nick Greeninger, on starting Tolago ($68,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a food tour company ($360K/year)

Jessica Baumgart from Denver, Colorado, USA started Delicious Denver Food Tours almost 4 years ago, a food tour company.

  • Revenue: $30,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Denver, Colorado, USA

My background is in marketing and communications, which has helped me immensely as I grow my business. I was working a standard 9-5 job and feeling pretty unsatisfied when my then boyfriend (now husband) and I got the idea to quit and travel for a year.

On that trip around the world, I started to question why I was working in a career that was making me unhappy and resolved to start really listening to what my passions were.

We planned and saved over the course of two years (and got married in the meantime). Right after the wedding, we sold everything we owned, quit our jobs and went backpacking through 25 countries on a year-long trip around the world.

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Jessica Baumgart, on starting Delicious Denver Food Tours ($30,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a specialty food business ($84K/year)

Belinda Kelly and Venise Cunningham from Enumclaw, Washington, USA started Simple Goodness Sisters about 3 years ago, a specialty food business.

  • Revenue: $7,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Enumclaw, Washington, USA

In 2015 Belinda left a job at Microsoft University Recruiting that required a lot of travel and wouldn’t work for her other new job title of “mom.” She took a work from home position on the same team at a much lower pay level (yes, that sucked) and decided to explore her interest in entrepreneurship. With 4 hours daily saved by not commuting, she had the time to work on an idea she’d had for a mobile bar business.

Having been responsible for hundreds of events over her 6 years at Microsoft, she saw a gap in the catering world of Seattle and thought a mobile bar company that raised the bar on drink quality, presentation, and service would be well received by tech companies and the greater events industry. While never a bartender, she had enough experience in the service industry and enough hutzpah to begin studying cocktails voraciously and apply for a business license. She decided to up the ante (and the effort!) further with a farm to bar, craft beverage program supported by her sister Venise’s farm and others in the rural community of Enumclaw, WA, their HQ.

At that time, Simple Goodness Farm was a garlic and goats (mostly) hobby farm for Venise and her growing family (the sisters had their first babies within two weeks of one another.) Venise worked in HR at the real estate startup Redfin and commuted downtown daily while also managing the herd and fields in her free time.

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Belinda Kelly and Venise Cunningham, on starting Simple Goodness Sisters ($7,000/month) full story ➜

5. Create a rv accessories store ($3.6M/year)

Kent Wilson from Alberta, Canada started Origen RV Accessories LTD. almost 6 years ago, a RV accessories store.

  • Revenue: $300,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 16
  • Location: Alberta, Canada

Origen RV Accessories is a five-year-old, family-run company whose story started more than 30 years ago. Gordon Wilson, founder, father, and president conceived of and launched an RV accessory in the early 1990s. Long before the days of e-commerce and direct-to-consumer businesses, Gord and his partner were forced to raise a large sum of money to get the product from a mere prototype to something industry distributors and dealerships would stock.

They did it. Their leveling product was picked up by major resellers and is still a staple in the industry today. Unfortunately, they were diluted out of a majority ownership position during the process of fundraising by an unscrupulous lawyer, turning their success into a kind of bitter failure. Both founders left the company shortly after the product was successfully launched and adopted.

In early 2015, Gord approached his three grown sons, myself (Kent), Devon, and Barrett about creating and launching a new RV product. This time the concept was a “permanent jack pad” - a kind of rubber “shoe” for luxury RVs that installs permanently to the metal jack “feet” which are common to modern RV leveling systems.

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Kent Wilson, on starting Origen RV Accessories LTD. ($300,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a photography business ($1.32M/year)

Kyle Nelson from Chico, California, USA started Results Imagery over 4 years ago, a photography business.

  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Chico, California, USA

We both had previous experience in another start-up called Soul id which was a social media platform for action sports. We ran the marketing and media at that company which was a blast. After we left that company, we split directions. Eli got involved in the eCommerce industry by starting a brand called Winterial which he grew to hundreds of SKUs. Kyle headed in the media direction and started a commercial photography company where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.

At this time Kyle wanted to be able to get back in the start-up world, grow a large brand and a team of like-minded creatives and innovators. So like any entrepreneur, he jumped on Google and started to search for media companies that were also technology-based companies as well. That is where the inspiration of starting a digital agency that solely focused on the media portion for brands and product companies came to life.

Culture is the centerpiece of a successful company. Creating a place for employees to come to work and enjoy what they do, the environment and who they work with will pay long term dividends.

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Kyle Nelson, on starting Results Imagery ($110,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a rv rental business ($120K/year)

Gretchen Bayless and Taylor Hood from Portland, Oregon, USA started ROAMERICA over 5 years ago, a RV rental business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

We are two adventurous souls who met on the Oregon Coast in February 2010. In the beginning, it was all about traveling to find surf and deep snow without the crowds. We originally traveled around in a 1998 Toyota Tacoma with a canopy. It was a great vehicle for accessing all sorts of amazing places but when it turned cold and wet, it became quite uncomfortable, especially with our 2 dogs.

You have to play the long game, and during that game you will most likely be close to broke, SO YOU MUST LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO CARRY YOU THROUGH THOSE HARD TIMES. The ones who press on and don’t quit, are the ones who reap the rewards.

We always dreamt of having a vehicle that could keep us dry throughout the Northwest winters and allow us to access snowy mountains and desolate sandy beaches. In 2013, we upgraded our vehicle to a 2006 4x4 Ford Econoline cargo van. We threw a cooler, futon mattress and a couple seats inside, we had our perfect set up. 6 years later, we have a toddler and baby #2 due in May so we’ve upgraded the layout of a newer Ford Econoline to include a sofa bed that has seat belts for the car seats, a portable fridge/freezer and plenty of storage and room for the 2 pups and all our gear. As our life changes so does the layout of our van. See a little more about our family on our Instagram Highlight Reel.

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Gretchen Bayless and Taylor Hood, on starting ROAMERICA ($10,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a camping brand ($24K/year)

Paul Schauer from Michigan, USA started Dry Camp over 4 years ago, a camping brand.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Michigan, USA

Actually, now we are neighbors, but we first met each other via a mutual friend who realized our common interest in entrepreneurship and all likes of business.

Anthony solely owns another company, Flare Web Design, that focuses on web development and social media marketing. His company is doing exceptionally well, working with all sorts of brands - they even just secured a project with CoinsCabin, set up their educational cryptocurrency site.

Prior to dry.camp, Paul had another startup, Cobra Business Solutions, that Paul shut down shortly before we got together so he could focus on a new venture. At the time, Paul worked for a website and software developer where he managed the development of over 200 government projects.

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Paul Schauer, on starting Dry Camp ($2,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a flyboard flying business

Examples of a successful flyboard flying business:

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10. Start a gym business

Examples of a successful gym business:

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11. Start a golf course

Examples of a successful golf course:

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12. Start a fish farming business

Examples of a successful fish farming business:

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13. Start a transportation service ($36K/year)

Examples of a successful transportation service:

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14. Start an ecotourism business

Examples of a successful ecotourism business:

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15. Start a boat repair business

Examples of a successful boat repair business:

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16. Start a canoe paddles business

Examples of a successful canoe paddles business:

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17. Start a dinner cruises business

Examples of a successful dinner cruises business:

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18. Start a restaurant

Examples of a successful restaurant:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a restaurant:

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19. Start an ice skating business

Examples of a successful ice skating business:

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20. Start a kite surfing business

Examples of a successful kite surfing business:

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21. Become a bed and breakfast owner

Examples of a successful bed and breakfast owner:

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22. Start a bar

Examples of a successful bar:

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23. Start a convention & business center business

Examples of a successful convention & business center business:

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24. Start a bike rental store

Examples of a successful bike rental store:

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25. Start a houseboat rentals business

Examples of a successful houseboat rentals business:

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26. Start a scuba diving instruction business ($480K/year)

Examples of a successful scuba diving instruction business:

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27. Start a cottage houses business

Examples of a successful cottage houses business:

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28. Start a fishing tools and accessories store business

Examples of a successful fishing tools and accessories store business:

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29. Start a foil-board business

Examples of a successful foil-board business:

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30. Start a beach bags brand

Examples of a successful beach bags brand:

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31. Start a cruise ship travel agent business

Examples of a successful cruise ship travel agent business:

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32. Start a small harbor business

Examples of a successful small harbor business:

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33. Start a spa retreat center business

Examples of a successful spa retreat center business:

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34. Start a child care business

Examples of a successful child care business:

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35. Become a lemonade seller

Examples of a successful lemonade seller:

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36. Start a glamping business

Examples of a successful glamping business:

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37. Start a boat cleaning service

Examples of a successful boat cleaning service:

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38. Start a snack food kiosk business

Examples of a successful snack food kiosk business:

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39. Start a floating docks business

Examples of a successful floating docks business:

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40. Start a wine tour business

Examples of a successful wine tour business:

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41. Start a jet ski rental business

Examples of a successful jet ski rental business:

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42. Start a yacht rentals business

Examples of a successful yacht rentals business:

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43. Start an apartment rental business

Examples of a successful apartment rental business:

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44. Start a wind surfing business

Examples of a successful wind surfing business:

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45. Start an event organizing business

Examples of a successful event organizing business:

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46. Start a sailing school business

Examples of a successful sailing school business:

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47. Start a sun loungers rental business

Examples of a successful sun loungers rental business:

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48. Start a camping equipment rental business

Examples of a successful camping equipment rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a camping equipment rental business:

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49. Start a hotels business

Examples of a successful hotels business:

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50. Start a pedal boat rentals business

Examples of a successful pedal boat rentals business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a pedal boat rentals business:

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51. Start an e-scooter business

Examples of a successful e-scooter business:

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52. Start a beach hats brand

Examples of a successful beach hats brand:

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53. Start a lifeguard training business

Examples of a successful lifeguard training business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a lifeguard training business:

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54. Start an used rental skates business

Examples of a successful used rental skates business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a used rental skates business:

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55. Start a summer camp

Examples of a successful summer camp:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a summer camp:

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56. Start a swimming instructor business

Examples of a successful swimming instructor business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a swimming instructor business:

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57. Start a kayak rental business

Examples of a successful kayak rental business:

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58. Start a jet surf & underwater sea scooters rental business

Examples of a successful jet surf & underwater sea scooters rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a jet surf & underwater sea scooters rental business:

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59. Start a cabins rental business

Examples of a successful cabins rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cabins rental business:

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60. Start a souvenir shop ($30K/year)

Examples of a successful souvenir shop:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a souvenir shop:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a souvenir shop ➜

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Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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