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.
Some of the wildest and most remote land in Oregon, Steens Mountain Wilderness covers more than 170,000 acres of rugged beauty. The area offers an extraordinary landscape of volcanic uplifts, deep glacier-carved gorges, stunning scenery, rushing rivers and rich diversity of plant and animal species. Popular activities include camping, picnicking, nature photography, hunting, fishing and exploring the open country on foot and horseback. Photo by Bureau of Land Management.
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).
The vast wetlands of southern Louisiana are lovely to people and critical to wildlife. Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge is designated as a Globally Important Birding Area and hosts incredible numbers of waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and raptors. Fishing in the shallow water or flying across the sunset sky, ducks, egrets, spoonbills and hawks can all be spotted here. If you want to join the birds looking for dinner, fishing season recently opened. Good luck! Photo by John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It takes a bit o’ luck 🍀to capture a scene this epic. This bald eagle crossed in front of a vibrant rainbow, right after a storm on Lake Vermilion. As the fifth largest lake in Minnesota, it’s also known as one of the most beautiful. The lake has hundreds of small public land islands that vary in size, offering a variety of camping options and world-class fishing. Looking for a photo opportunity like this treasure? Keep adventuring on #publiclands. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands) .
Crooked River in central Oregon almost sparkles as snow blankets the landscape. This time of year is both brisk and beautiful. Originating in the lush Ponderosa pine forests of Central Oregon’s Ochoco Mountains, the Crooked River flows straight through diverse terrain. In an area of the country where streams and springs are rare, the Crooked Wild and Scenic River serves as an essential life source to both humans and wildlife. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands)
Tomorrow is National Hunting and Fishing Day. Held every year since 1972, National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrates outdoor sports, and how hunters and anglers contribute to conservation. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned sportsman or woman, your public lands are some of the best places to wet a line or bag the big one. Just ask the people at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi, a very popular place for outdoor sports. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
On foggy mornings, an eerie calm falls over Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi. The water is still and the air is thick. With 48,000 acres of forests, fields and waters, the refuge is excellent habitat for eagles, alligators and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Visitors enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, and wildlife photography and observation. The refuge also serves as an outdoor classroom for Mississippi State University and other local educational institutions. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Today is National Hunting and Fishing Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than on America’s public lands like the Molalla River Recreation Area pictured here. Located in Oregon, the Molalla River is a great place for fishing, picnicking, swimming, camping and whitewater boating. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management, @mypubliclands