The following list is comprised of constant favorites of sailors, power cruisers, anglers and watersports fans for seasonal or year-round boating, and is not in a specific order.
San Juan Islands– Here, instead of palm trees and tropical fish, there are forests filled with pine trees and the sea life includes killer whales! Located in the Pacific Northwest, each island and town has a distinct charm of its own.
San Francisco Bay- It is extremely windy with relatively calm seas. Sailors and power boaters love it.
Lake Havasu– It is located on the border between Southern California and Arizona. Young boaters often party here, making the area seem like an endless Spring Break celebration. Havasu attracts many sport boats, but there are also plenty of houseboats and pontoon boats.
Lake Champlain– This lake is on the border of Vermont and New York State. It is 125 miles long, and stretches into Canadian waters. There are 80 islands to enjoy. There are many historical sites along the lake as well.
Isle Royale National Park– This is the second largest island in the Great Lakes. Isle Royale can be found on Lake Superior. There are hundreds of shipwrecks to explore if you enjoy diving, but the water can be cold, so make sure to bring your gear and thick wet suits!
Mackinac Island– This is also in the Great Lakes, on Lake Huron. Summer is a busy time of year for this lake. Each year, the Chicago Yacht Club hosts a challenging race, with a distance of over 300 miles, up Lake Michigan.
Newport, Rhode Island– This is a boater’s paradise. The sunsets are so beautiful. Newport has a distinguished boat show each September for power boaters and sail boaters.
Chesapeake Bay– It is almost 200 miles long and up to 30 miles wide. About half of the Bay is in Maryland and the other half is in Virginia. Rockfish fishing is popular, but any kind of boating is common.
South Florida– From Fort Lauderdale all the way through the Florida Keys to the Key West, fishing is extremely popular. The eastern coast is a common place for center console fishing boats.
Northwest Florida– Tampa Bay on the western coast of the state is great for paddle boarders, kayakers, fishermen and sailors. There’s so much to do, from dock dining, beach camping, and cruising.
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