Five out of the top 10 fishing destinations are in Florida.
Fishing trips and vacations are big business in the U.S. each summer, and this week the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, and its Take Me Fishing campaign, is unveiling the 2015 Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat.
Florida’s Everglades National Park is the No. 1 destination.
Bahia Honda State Park is the No. 2 destination.
“Fishing and boating are great ways to spend time with family and friends; and most people aren’t even aware that by participating in the sport, they’re actually helping to conserve our environment,” says RBFF President and CEO, Frank Peterson. “We’re encouraging outdoor enthusiasts across the country to pick a park on our Top 100 list, get out on the water with family and friends and create lifelong memories during National Fishing and Boating Week.”
As part of a sweepstakes, anglers and boaters cast more than 91,000 votes online to help develop the 2015 list of Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat. The criteria for the Top 100 included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city, good fishing opportunities, and family-friendly amenities.
Here are the top 10 spots:
Everglades National Park, Fla.
Bahia Honda State Park, Pine Key, Fla.
Blue Springs State Park, Orange City, Fla.
Kissimmee State Park, Lake Wales, Fla.
Keystone State Park, Derry, PA
Clear Lake State Park, Kelseyville, CA
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, St Petersburg, Fla.
Galveston Island State Park, Galveston, Texas
Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA
Lackawanna State Park, North Abington, PA