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Boating and FishingFishing and Boating

Every summer, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) lists top Family Fishing and Boating Spots in America. This increases participation in outdoor activities and promotes a responsibility to protect and conserve our water resources.

Criteria for the best fishing and boating spots include having a public body of water within driving distance of a major city, family-friendly conveniences, and great fishing prospects. Over 600,000 votes were cast by avid fishermen and boat lovers to support 100 of their favorite fishing and boating locations. 

The Top 10 approved winners in 2018: 

  •    Alaska – Eklutna Tailrace
  •    Arizona – Lake Havasu
  •    California – Yosemite National Park
  •    Florida – Lake Piney Z
  •    Hawaii – Pōka’ī Bay
  •    Iowa – Backbone State Park
  •    Kentucky – Lake Cumberland
  •    Louisiana – Grand Isle State Park
  •    Nebraska – Lake Ogallala
  •    West Virginia – Little Beaver Lake

National Fishing and Boating Week starts the first week in June in Nebraska every year. Find out the date to celebrate in other states, too. There are many fishing events to help you and your family enjoy the water and outdoors this summer: 

•    Free Fishing Days 2018 – Most states offer free fishing days at public water access areas without a fishing license. It’s a perfect way for beginners to learn about fishing.
•    #ReelFun Fishing Events – These events are hosted at more than 1,000 Walmart® stores across America each spring. It doesn’t matter what your age or skill level is, you can learn valuable fishing tips from experts, get a fishing permit, and practice your casting abilities.
•    #FirstCatch – You’ll want to capture moments fishing with family and friends on camera and video, then share them using hashtags like #FirstCatch. TakeMeFishing.org’s wants to help anglers share the excitement and memories of their fishing adventures!

Find a special place to fish, experience a connection with nature, de-stress and help to conserve our waterways!



Hoffman, G., 2016. This Summer Visit a Top Place to Fish and Boat, https://www.takemefishing.org/blog/june-2016/check-out-americas-top-family-fishing-and-boating/

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