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. But now, planning is easy with this list of the top family-friendly fishing & boating spots in the U.S.

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

  • Family-friendly location: Within an hour’s 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 for all.
  • Part of a park that also offers amenities families need like parking, restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas, or campgrounds
  • Has plenty of places to cast a line, like a fishing pier or has boat ramps to allow you to reach other areas on your boat
  • Is recommended by other anglers! Anglers from around the U.S. cast their vote and thought these parks offered some of the best fishing spots

For other great places to fish and boat with your family, check out our  Places to Boat & Fish Map.

The Top 100 Family Fishing & Boating Spots:

The top fishing & boating spots for a memory-making adventure:

1. Lake Berryessa, Pleasure Cove Resort and Marina, Napa Valley, CA

2. Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key, FL

3. Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, St. Petersburg, FL

4. Everglades National Park, Homestead, FL

5. Kissimmee State Park, Lake Wales, FL

6. Galveston Island State Park, Galveston, TX

7. Lake Chabot Regional Park, Castro Valley, CA

Table Rock State Park Marina

8. Blue Springs State Park, Orange City, FL

9. Table Rock State Park, Branson, MO

10. Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA

11. Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area, Livermore, CA

12. Starved Rock State Park, Oglesby, IL

13. Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas, CA

14. Lake Norman State Park, Statesville, NC

15. Moraine State Park, Portersville, PA

16. Chain O'Lakes State Park, Spring Grove, IL

Early morning fishing at Keystone State park

17. Clear Lake State Park, Kelseyville, CA

18. Keystone State Park, Derry, PA

19. Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, OH

20. Cedar Hill State Park, Cedar Hill, TX

21. Lake Talquin State Park, Tallahassee, FL

22. Round Valley Recreation Area, Lebanon, NJ

23. Spruce Run State Park, Hampton, NJ

24. Nockamixon State Park, Quakertown, PA

25. Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Apex, NC

26. Bull's Island State Park, Stockton, NJ

27. Alum Creek Lake State Park, Delaware, OH

Calm waters on Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

28. Dockweiler State Beach, Los Angeles, CA

29. Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, TX

30. High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, WI

31. North Point Marina on Lake Michigan, Winthrop Harbor, IL

32. Cape Cod National Seashore, Cape Cod, MA

33. Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA

34. Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon, NY

35. Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

36. August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area, St. Charles, MO

37. Oneida Shores Park, Brewerton, NY

38. Thompson's Lake State Park, East Berne, NY

Fishing lessons at Cape Cod National Seashore

39. Long Point State Park, Bemus Point, NY

40. Lake James State Park, Nebo, NC

41. Mosquito Lake State Park, Cortland, OH

42. Portage Lakes State Park, Akron, OH

43. Peebles Island State Park, Waterford, NY

44. Holly Recreation Area, Holly, MI

45. Lake Livingston State Park, Livingston, TX

46. Lackawanna State Park, North Abington, PA

47. Bayshore County Park, New Franken, WI

48. Itasca State Park, Park Rapids, MN

Sunset casting at Two Rivers State RecreationArea

49. East Fork State Park, Bethel, OH

50. Lakeshore State Park, Milwaukee, WI

51. Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Huddleston, VA

52. Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, Kewanee, IL

53. Kernersville Lake Park, Kernersville, NC

54. Tappan Lake Park, Deersville, OH

55. Two Rivers State Recreation Area, Waterloo, NE

56. High Falls State Park, Jackson, GA

57. Cedar River State Harbor, Cedar River, MI

Camping and fishing on Summit Reservoir

58. Lake Anna State Park, Spotsylvania, VA

59. Potholes State Park, Othello, WA

60. Governor Nelson State Park, Waunakee, WI

61. Woods Canyon Lake, Payson, AZ

62. Carson Park, Eau Claire, WI

63. Summit Reservoir State Recreation Area, Tekamah, NE

64. Dodge #4 State Park, Waterford, MI

65. Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu City, AZ

66. Eisenhower State Park, Denison, TX

Late Evening Fishing at North Cascades National Park in Washington courtesy of NPS

67. North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley, WA

68. Santee State Park, Santee, SC

69. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD

70. Monee Reservoir Visitor Center, Monee, IL

71. Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, IN

72. Chatfield State Park, Littleton, CO

73. Mitchell State Park, Cadillac, MI

74. Gunpowder Falls State Park, Kingsville, MD

75. Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, Friant, CA

Surfcasting at Hunting Island State Park

76. Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, SC

77. Rocky Mountain Recreation and Public Fishing Area, Rome, GA

78. Pickwick Landing State Park, Counce, TN

79. Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Mathis, TX

80. Georgia Veterans State Park, Cordele, GA

81. North Slope Recreation Area, Colorado Springs, CO

82. Tim's Ford State Park, Winchester, TN

83. Little Buffalo State Park, Newport, PA

84. Paris Landing State Park, Buchanan, TN

85. Crooked River State Park, St Mary's, GA

Fishing through the fog on Summit Lake

86. Huntsville State Park, Huntsville, TX

87. Summit Lake State Park, New Castle, IN

88. Holmes Lake Recreation Area, Lincoln, NE

89. Lake Pueblo State Park, Pueblo, CO

90. Aurora Reservoir Park, Aurora, CO

91. American Lake Park, Lakewood, WA

92. Tugaloo State Park, Lavonia, GA

93. Blanco State Park, Blanco, TX

94. Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, AL

95. Willard Wyatt County Park, Lake Stevens, WA

96. O'Brien State Park, Marine on St Croix, MN

97. New Orleans City Park, New Orleans, LA

98. Fort Snelling State Park, W Saint Paul, MN

99. Father Hennepin State Park, Isle, MN

100. Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis, IN

For other great places to fish and boat with your family, check out our Places to Boat & Fish Map.

Now that you know the Top Family Friendly Places Fish, here are some other ways to prep for a memory-making fishing and boating adventure: