The Best Places for Water-Loving Travelers in the U.S.

by Jules on May 9, 2014

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. That means people everywhere are pulling out their fishing gear and getting ready to hit rivers, ponds, and lakes for their next big catch.

It’s also a season for travelers to head to their favorite fishing locations, but if you’re one of these types, perhaps it’s time you tried something a little different? If you know where to look, there are many not very well-known places in the country that are great for water-loving travelers.

Here are five that you might consider for your next casting vacation.

1. Benton County, Arkansas

This region was a secret for a long time, but once people discovered its 30,000 acres of water, it didn’t take long for the secret to get out. With clean air, clear water, and beautiful natural scenery that stretches as far as the eye can see, it’s a prize catch.

Beaver Lake is the most popular spot in the area, where you’ll encounter tons of boaters, divers, and fishermen trolling its waters for food and amusement.

2. Lewis River Falls, Washington

These falls are truly spectacular, with breathtaking views that burn themselves into the memory of all who see them. While it can sometimes be difficult to get access to the area because of damage to the road, the location is well worth a visit.

Eagle Cliff Park is the main launching point for a day trip; many people hike the numerous walking trails and back roads. It’s not uncommon to find fishermen hidden away in small alcoves, enjoying the privacy and peace of the pure wilderness of the area.

3. Tampa Bay, Florida

Although this city is generally well-known and popular, there’s a reason for that. The area gets sunshine nearly every day of every year, which evokes cheerfulness and good moods from residents and visitors alike.

But did you know that more than 100 small streams and estuaries feed into the bay, and present a unique ecosystem in which freshwater and saltwater creatures both thrive? This offers a refreshing opportunity for fishermen, featuring access to dozens of fish species.

Landing one is a simple matter of tossing in a line and waiting for the bite.

4. Otter Tail County, Minnesota

Most of the state of Minnesota is sparsely inhabited. It’s known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and for good reason: everywhere you turn, there’s another pristine, untouched natural body of fresh water that almost no one knows about.

While it’s attracting more attention from people who have discovered the area’s natural beauty, Minnesota’s Otter Tail County is perhaps the most popular destination for anglers. With 1,048 individual lakes, there’s enough water in the area for any fishermen or boater to be entertained.

5. Oconee County, South Carolina

This region is home to Clemson University, but the major lakes in the area are usually quiet. They attract a crowd that prefers to fish in peace with friends rather than party on the lakeside.

Resting in the Appalachian foothills, there’s an abundance of natural beauty in the area. It’s well worth a visit.

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