This weekend is the perfect opportunity to load up the car and head to the best lake in state.

Memorial Day weekend is known as the official start to summer. The actual start date of the summer season is Thursday, June 21, but who can wait that long? Many of us will be looking for the best place to partake in summer activities, like heading out to the lake.

We've got several lakes that are perfect for cooling off, fishing, catching a tan on, but which is considered the best? For those who want to get the most lake for their buck this weekend, Cheapism.com put together their list of the "Best Lakes in All 50 States." These are places where locals and tourists can have a great time.

In Louisiana, we're headed to Lake Pontchartrain.

Only the locals will know how to pronounce this name so the tourists will stick out like a sore thumb. According to Cheapism, the water quality was too poor for people to swim in about ten years ago, but it has since been rehabilitated. The best swim access will be in Fountainbleu State Park.