Category: water

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 (

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.

Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike nearly 100 miles of trails, view towering sandstone cliffs and experience the serenity of northern woodlands. The multicolored cliffs that give the park its name rise 200 feet above the lake’s turquoise waters in some places. It’s a great place for a summer adventure. Photo by Sonja Saxe (

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.

The first to arrive

Turquoise waters lap against the red brick walls of Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. Almost 70 miles west of Key West, the 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. On Garden Key, Fort Jefferson tells an important story about America’s shipping and military history. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Dry Tortugas also offers amazing underwater attractions including superlative coral reefs and marine life. Photo by Jose Torres (