Made up of flourishing forests and thriving wetlands, Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge is a dazzling sanctuary found in both New Hampshire and Maine. Because the majority of the refuge includes lands surrounding Lake Umbagog and the Magalloway River, the best access to the refuge is by boat or kayak. Boating or paddling will allow you to explore or paddle through the marshes and waterways. Enjoy great fishing and beauty with the opportunity to see bear, moose, deer, eagles, loons and so much more. Photo by Ian Shive, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Let’s talk about a legacy of fun! On October 8, 1964, President Johnson signed an act formally establishing Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona and Nevada. The act redesignated the old Boulder Dam Recreation Area and included Lake Mohave. Now the first National Recreation Area established by Congress covers almost 1.5 million acres of land and water. Boating, hiking, photography, fishing and swimming are all popular at this aquatic playground. We recommend taking a kayak to Emerald Cave to see the unbelievable green waters. Photo by Cheryl Hobbs (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photographer Patrick Rodden captured glorious orange and purple skies over Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. He explains, “It’s a park with so many opportunities from hiking to boating and excellent wildlife viewing. Not only did I enjoy the terrestrial views, but I also had an incredible time watching the sky. This photo was taken from Rock Harbor on my last night on the island. It was a phenomenal sight to end a week of hiking. There is nothing like a midwestern sunset in all of its raw beauty and power.” Photo and words courtesy of Patrick Rodden.
Part of Gateway National Recreation Area, Jamaica Bay is a wildlife refuge within sight of the New York City skyscrapers. Walk along the water, kayak, boat or birdwatch and take pleasure in the serene views of the open bay. One of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeast, Jamaica Bay provides vital woods, fields and marshes for wildlife to flourish. The National Park Service stewards this remarkable place that serves as a break from the bustling metropolis of the city. Photo by Micael Fano (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Dawn breaks at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and the marsh comes alive with the cheery birdsong of the red-winged blackbird. The refuge consists of 31,551 acres marshes, tidal creeks and bottomland hardwoods, providing vital food and homes for wildlife and a great place to explore in Georgia and South Carolina. Visitors enjoy the scenic 4-mile Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive, that promises views of many bird species, from bald eagles to anhingas and an excellent chance to see American alligators, big and small. Bring bug spray, a sense of adventure and your binoculars. Photo courtesy of Pat Moore.
The best way to be a part of National Fishing and Boating Week is to get out on the water and have some fun! From national seashores to wild and scenic rivers to countless lakes and reservoirs across the country, public waters are some of the best places to enjoy your favorite marine activities. Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Arizona and Utah – set against a dramatic backdrop of red rock canyons and mesas – is the largest man-made lake in North America and is recognized by boating enthusiasts as one of the premier water-based recreation destinations in the world. Photo by Rebecca Wilks (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Peering through a sea cave at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and you’re given a secret glimpse of the world. Located near the southwest tip of Lake Superior – the largest and most pristine of the Great Lakes – Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is comprised of 21 islands and 13 miles of Wisconsin shoreline. The colorful Precambrian sandstone has eroded into fascinating cliff formations and the park’s waters offer sailing, power boating, sea kayaking, fishing and scuba diving. This photo captures a view from a little cove on Stockton Island that came down during powerful breaking waves in 2017. Photo by Michael DeWitt (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Take a trip to gold country in Alaska. Canoeists along the Fortymile River can see modern prospectors working the river gravels, as well as remnants of several large historic dredges, as they float through thick stands of black spruce and tussocks that grow above the permafrost. It never truly gets dark here in summer, making more time for fun and exploring. The long days melt into a pink dusk that slowly transitions into a lengthy dawn. This is the longest river in the system with the main stem and tributaries stretching for almost 400 miles. #FindYourWay on more wild and scenic rivers: https://on.doi.gov/2vBIC9K
Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management, @mypubliclands
Huron National Wildlife Refuge is made up of eight small islands three miles off the Michigan shoreline of Lake Superior. Accessible only by boat, the refuge’s forests and bog provide habitat for birds like the herring gull, cedar waxwing and bald eagle. Visitors can stroll along Huron’s lone trail and take pictures of the historic stone lighthouse, the grays and pinks of the exposed bedrock, the blues of the lake and the contrasting greens of the trees. The bedrock itself offers shutterbugs a chance to capture the unique patterns caused by boulders cutting grooves into the rock as glaciers moved slowly over the landscape 8,000 years ago. Photo by Garrett Peterson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In the calm of Chippewa Harbor at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, the waters of Lake Superior look more like a bathtub than the largest lake in the country. The park occupies the entire 40-mile-long island, offering excellent hiking, boating and incredible views of the lake. Put it on your summer bucketlist! Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Knick.