Take Me Fishing with the help of state fish and wildlife agencies identified more than 250 family-friendly places to fish and boat across the country. The list was then voted on by more than 23,000 outdoor enthusiasts to select the top 100 places to fish and boat in the U.S. Check below for the Top 10 and Top 100 voted places.

TOP 10 FAMILY PLACES TO FISH & BOAT

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Everglades National Park, FL
Bahia Honda State Park FL
Bahia Honda State Park, FL

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Blue Springs State Park FL
Blue Springs State Park, FL
Kissimmee State Park FL
Kissimmee State Park, FL
Keystone State Park FL
Keystone State Park, PA
Clear Lake State Park CA
Clear Lake State Park, CA

*courtesy of parks.ca.org
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park FL
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, FL

*courtesy of floridastatepark.org
Galveston Island State Park TX
Galveston Island State Park, TX
Presque Isle State Park PA
Presque Isle State Park, PA
Lackawanna State Park PA
Lackawanna State Park, PA

Getting out on the water to fish and boat is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with your family. Sometimes finding the time and the right place to fish can be a challenge. But now, planning is easy with the 2015 top 100 family fishing and boating spots in the U.S.

Family-friendly places to fish and boat have some or all of these qualities:  

  • The spots are within an hour drive of a major city or town, so they are easily accessible.
  • Have a public body of water that is known for having plenty of common fish species such as bass, crappie, bluegill and trout. Often times these public places are stocked with fish.
  • Amenities such as: playgrounds and campgrounds, picnic areas, restrooms and parking spaces.
  • Plenty of places to cast a line, like a fishing pier. May also have a boat ramp to allow you to reach other areas by boat.
  • Recommended by other anglers! Anglers from across the U.S. cast their vote and thought these parks offered some of the best fishing spots in the country.

AMERICA’S TOP 100 FAMILY FISHING AND BOATING SPOTS

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View our infographic to see the full, top 100 list. Below is a ranking of the top 100 family-friendly places to fish and boat by region in the U.S

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Pacific Region

American Lake Pacific Region
American Lake Park Pacific Region

North Cascades National Park - WA
Potholes State Park - WA
American Lake Park - WA

Southwest Region

Tropical Park Southwest Region
Lake Livingston State Park Southwest Region

Galveston Island State Park - TX
Cedar Hill State Park - TX
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge - TX
Woods Canyon Lake - AZ
Inks Lake State Park - TX
Lake Livingston State Park - TX
Lake Corpus Christi State Park - TX
Lake Havasu State Park - AZ
Lake Pleasant Regional Park - AZ

Midwest Region

Chain O Lakes Midwest Region
Chain O' Lakes Midwest Region

Starved Rock State Park - IL
Chain O'Lakes State Park - IL
Brookville Lake-Whitewater Memorial State Park Complex-IN
Summit Lake State Park - IN
Maumee Bay State Park - OH
Bayshore County Park - WI
Riverside Park - IN
Governor Nelson State Park - WI
Table Rock State Park - MO
Cedar River State Harbor- MI
Fort Custer State Park - MI
High Cliff State Park - WI
Itasca State Park - MN
Sleepy Hollow State Park - MI
August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area - MO
Dodge #4 State Park - MI
North Point Marina on Lake Michigan - IL
Lakeshore State Park - WI
Portage Lakes State Park - OH
Mosquito Lake State Park - OH
Johnson Sauk Trail State Park - IL
Holly Recreation Area - MI
Eagle Creek Park - IN
Pymatuning Lake State Park - PA
Carson Park - WI
Father Hennepin State Park - MN
Grand River Park - MI
Jim Edgar Panther Creek Park - IL
Sioux Passage Park - MO
Fort Snelling State Park - MN

Southeast Region

Everglades National Park South East Region
Everglades National Park South East Region

Everglades National Park - FL
Bahia Honda State Park - FL
Blue Springs State Park - FL
Kissimmee State Park - FL
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park - FL
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area - NC
Lake James State Park - NC
Lake Norman State Park - NC
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge - GA
Kernersville Lake Park - NC
Guntersville State Park - AL
Tugaloo State Park - GA
Table Rock State Park - SC
Tropical Park - FL
High Falls State Park - GA
Natchez-Trace State Park - TN
Fort Yargo State Park - GA
Oak Mountain State Park - AL
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park - KY
Lake Talquin State Park - FL
Georgia Veterans State Park - GA

Northeast Region

Oneida North East Region
Oneida Shores Park North East Region

Keystone State Park - PA
Presque Isle State Park - PA
Lackawanna State Park - PA
Round Valley Recreation Area - NJ
Bull's Island State Park - NJ
Spruce Run State Park - NJ
Moraine State Park - PA
Hempstead Lake State Park - NY
Lake Anna State Park - VA
Nockamixon State Park - PA
Grafton Lakes State Parks - NY
Cape Cod National Seashore - MA
Smith Mountain Lake State Park - VA
Little Buffalo State Park - VA
Pocahontas Lake State Park - PA
Belmont Lake State Park - NY
Oneida Shores Park - NY
John Heinz at Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge - PA
Bear Creek Lake State Park - PA
Niawanda Park - NY
Gantry Plaza State Park -NY
Prospect Park -NY
Walden Pond State Reservation - MA

Mountain–Prairie Region

Two Rivers STA Mountain-Praire Region
Two Rivers State Recreation Area Mountain-Praire Region

Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area - NE
Harlan County Reservoir - NE
Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area - NE
Chatfield State Park - CO
Two Rivers State Recreation Area - NE
Lake Pueblo State Park - CO
Aurora Reservoir Park - CO

Pacific Southwest Region

Clear Lake State Park Pacific Southwest Region
Clear Lake State Park Pacific Southwest Region
* courtesy of parks.ca.org

Clear Lake State Park - CA
Dockweiler State Beach - CA
Echo Park - CA
Lake Chabot Regional Park - CA
Moonlight State Beach - CA
Pleasure Cove Resort and Marina - CA
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge - CA

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