Getting out on the water to boat and fish is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with your family. But sometimes, finding the time and the right place to fish can be a challenge. We want to help make the planning easier, so we’re creating a list of the top family-friendly fishing & boating spots in the U.S.

We selected parks from across the country that are perfect for families: some have piers, others have boat ramps, some have playgrounds, others are regularly stocked with fish, but all guarantee fun for the whole family. Then we gathered input from the fishing and boating community, allowing people to vote for the best fishing spots. Thousands of people cast their vote and now we are tallying the results.

Stay tuned for the big announcement of the Top 100 Family-friendly Places to Fish and Boat, which will be released soon.

A big congratulations to Vicky D. from Bettendorf, Iowa who is the winner of the Grand Prize Fishing Adventure in Florida in this year's Top Family-friendly Places to Boat and Fish Sweepstakes. 

In the meantime, here are some other ways to prep for a memory-making fishing and boating adventure: