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Top 10 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat in 2016


It's summer time! Pick the best place for your family vacation!

1. Everglades National Park, FL

Ideal for skilled boaters and fishermen! With one third of the park covered by water, and both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Plus, enjoy hiking, camping, and biking. The park was established in 1947 to preserve the land, animals, and plants.

Admission fee: $20 per vehicle, 7 days

Boating fee: $25 per boat, 7 days

2. Bahia Honda State Park, Atlantic Ocean, FL

This dynamic spot gives boaters access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. There are various good fishing areas in the park. Casting off the sides of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge is a great way to catch a snapper or grouper!

Admission fee: $8 per vehicle

Boating fee: $10 per boat

3. Blue Springs State Park, St. Johns River, FL

Enjoy crystal clear water and boating on the St. Johns River. Fish off the dock and overlook the river while you make a great catch! The Underwater World of Jacques Cousteau episode, ‘The Forgotten Mermaids’ was filmed there in 1971.

Admission fee: $6 per vehicle

4. Kissimmee State Park, Lake Kissimmee, FL

Venture across the 35,000 acres of Lake Kissimmee and enjoy wildlife, fishing, sight-seeing, and more! Lake Kissimmee has an on-site boat ramp, marina, and fishing area. Fishermen can catch largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, chain pickerel, and bluegill.

Admission fee: $5 per vehicle

Boating fee: No additional charge.

5. Clear Lake State Park, Clear Lake, CA

Launch you boat year-round at Clear Lake State Park. Enjoy amenities such as a fish cleaning station, comfort station, trailer and RV sanitation station, and a paved parking area for your boat and car. For fishermen, Clear Lake is rated as the top bass lake in the nation.

Admission fee: $8 per vehicle

Boating fee: $5 per boat

6. Brannan Island State Park, Sacramento River, CA

This park is open seven days a week and has numerous islands and marshes. Observe wildlife habitats or go swimming, windsurfing, and boating. Also, fish for striped bass, sturgeon, catfish, bluegill, perch, and bullhead.

Admission fee: $10 per vehicle

Boating fee: $7 per boat

7. Dockweiler State Beach, Santa Monica Bay, CA

Located on Santa Monica bay, enjoy the view of a beautiful beach and blue water. Anchor your boat and swim to shore for food, volleyball, showers, hang gliding, and a youth park.

Admission fee: $3 to $13

8. Hanging Rock State Park, Hanging Rock Park Lake, NC

Private boats are not allowed, but there are rowboats and canoes available for rent. Also, paddling, tubing, and kayaking are popular at this location. Fishermen can spend their time on the lake casting for bass, sunfish, and catfish.

Admission fee: $6 per vehicle

Boating fee: Boat Rental, no private boats allowed.

9. Guntersville State Park, Guntersville Lake, AL

Take your boat out on the water or fish from the pier. You can unload your boat at the boat ramp or rent a canoe, motorized or non-motorized boat. Fishermen at this location catch largemouth bass, brim, bluegill, red ear sunfish and long ear sunfish, crappie, sauger, and catfish.

Boating fee: No charge.

10. Lake James State Park, Lake James, AL

There are two boat ramps at this park, allowing you to easily access Lake James. The Linville and Catawba rivers flow into the deep lake, creating a great environment for fishing. Catch largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, bluegill, redbreast sunfish, and more!

Admission fee: No charge.

See the Top 100 boating and fishing spots on  takemefishing.org.

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*State park information was retrieved from state park websites.

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