Lakelubbers.com - A New Web Site for Lake Lovers

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A new web site named Lakelubbers.com has created a directory of 500 recreational lakes in the USA. Lakelubbers is a take-off on the word landlubbers; Lakelubbers.com is a web site for people who love lakes. According to Founder Brian Raub, Lakelubbers.com will expand its coverage to 5,000 lakes worldwide, by the end of 2010.

Moneta, Virginia, March 26, 2009 -- A web site named Lakelubbers.com has created a directory of 500 recreational lakes in the USA. Lakelubbers is a take-off on the word landlubbers; Lakelubbers.com is a web site for people who love lakes. According to Founder Brian Raub, Lakelubbers.com will expand its coverage to 5,000 lakes worldwide, by the end of 2010.

The idea for Lakelubbers.com was born six years after Brian and Lisa Raub moved to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. The Raubs created travel-related websites about vacation rentals, including the global A1Vacations.com, the local Smith-Mountain-Lake.com (Virginia) in 1998, and the local WataugaLakeTennessee.com in 2006. In 2008, the Raubs began building Internet-based software to support a worldwide database of lakes. This software and the initial 500-lake database lay the foundation of their newest web venture.

Lakelubbers.com features the world's best-known lakes with lake statistics, lake comparisons, and software support for messaging forums, fishing reports, guides to restaurants, marinas, and real estate. Lakelubbers' goal is to help vacationers and the newly retired to find the perfect lake for their next vacation or their retirement home -- near inland lakes that are not threatened by global warming.

Lakelubbers.com encourages visitors to suggest lakes, to contribute information and fishing reports about the lakes they know best, to add photos, to identify restaurants, marinas, and boat ramps near their favorite lakes, and to participate in Lakelubbers' messaging forums.

Later this year, Lakelubbers.com will offer "non-intrusive" advertising to both local and national companies. Lake-area vacation rentals will be searchable by weekly rate, within any geographic area that a visitor defines -- a state, several states, or within 300 miles of their home zip code. Lakefront homes for sale by owner will be searchable by price and size, also within any geographic area. Local businesses that service vacationers and retirees can target specific lakes with their ads. Manufacturers of boating, fishing, and sporting goods can target them all.

Lakelubbers.com provides the tools that lake enthusiasts need to plan their next vacation -- or to retire to a beautiful spot with a lake view -- anywhere in the world. Any subset of lakes can be sorted by acreage, length of shoreline, depth, volume, and other criteria.

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. Most lakes initially described in Lakelubbers' database include at least 640 acres (1 square mile) of water surface, and are accessible to the general public. Lakes currently described run the gamut from tiny Lake Waiau at 13,020 feet above sea level on the Big Island of Hawaii, to California's Salton Sea at 227 feet below sea level, to the massive one-mile-deep Lake Baikal in Siberia.

What is 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 the founders of Lakelubbers hope to remedy that.

Lakelubbers.com opens officially on April 1, 2009.

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