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).
May is an exciting time at Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Loggerhead sea turtles are coming ashore to nest. A female sea turtle lays an average of more than 100 eggs in each nest. If the nest is left undisturbed, the eggs will hatch around 60 days later and the hatchlings will race to the sea before they become snacks for hungry predators. Wildlife is not the only threat to the hatchlings. Human activity can destroy nests and distract hatchlings. Please help protect sea turtles by keeping beaches clean and limiting your use of lighting near nests. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Just because we rarely feature national fish hatcheries doesn’t mean they’re not important. Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery in Washington produces millions of upriver bright and Chinook salmon that are a vital part of the environment and economy of the area. Visitors to the hatchery can learn all about its operations and history, as well as try to catch their own fish in Drano Lake (be sure to follow state regulations). Challenging whitewater for expert kayakers is another available thrill. If that’s too much excitement for you, just relax by the clear waters and enjoy a beautiful fall day. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
There’s no better place to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week than America’s public waters. On rivers, lakes, ponds, wetlands and oceans, you can paddle thrilling whitewater or float your way to relaxation. Grab your rod and reel (and maybe a friend) and try to hook the big one. Whatever you do, make a splash. Photo of Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area in Colorado by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management. #FindYourWay
Imagine a network of pathways and waterways through a corridor rich in natural beauty and historic importance. The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail runs from Pennsylvania through Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Visitors can explore by biking, hiking, riding or paddling. It’s a great place to get exercise the mind, body and spirit. Photo of Bonds Landing on the Potomac by Monica Larcom, National Park Service.