Summer in the South can be scorching hot - making it hard for outdoor lovers to spend time doing what they enjoy most. Lucky for us that Augusta's River Region has plenty of Lakes & Rivers and other ways to splash around and stay cool outside during the hot summer months. So, here's our guide to the four best spots for outdoor summer fun in Augusta.

SUP Guy with Dog

1. Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Betty's Branch: The waters at Betty's Branch are fed by the Savannah River - keeping it downright chilly - even in the summer months. So grab a few friends (or just come with your pup) and get out there! SUP rentals are available at Outdoor Augusta (which also opened a new Riverside location at Betty's Branch).

Kayak at Savannah Rapids

2. Kayaking at Savannah Rapids: The headgates of the Augusta Canal are a popular spot for local kayakers looking to spend some time out in nature. Kayak rentals are available from Savannah Rapids Kayak.

Clarks Hill Lake Verticle

3. Wind Surfing at Clarks Hill Lake: Nope, this isn't OBX - but the strong headwinds and long fetches at Clarks Hill Lake offer prime wind surfing opportunities. Spend a day learning how to wind surf with Whitecap Watersports.

8th Street Riverwalk Fountain

4. Splashing downtown in the 8th Street Riverwalk Fountain: When the weather gets hot, the giant fountain at the 8th Street Riverwalk entrance is a great place to bring the kids and doggies to play. Afterwards, stop by Sweet Sticks for a King of Pops popsicle or Sweets on Broad for ice cream!