The following blog is an excerpt from Eight Aquatic Havens for the Angler in Your Life by the National Park Foundation.
Rivers, lakes, creeks, and oceans are historic and natural paradises for skilled fishermen and novices alike. Fishing in national parks provides a calming way to soak in majestic views at a slower pace. Watch the water ripple or the current sweep past as you rest beside the shore at these eight national parks with excellent fishing opportunities.
Home to the Green and Yampa rivers, Dinosaur National Monument is a favorite spot for whitewater rafting. These rivers also create miles of rugged river canyons and the perfect spot for fishing. Take delight in this park’s many fishing opportunities, but be aware of the four native fish that are endangered. Before or after your trip to the rivers, head to a visitor’s center or the Quarry Exhibit Hall to learn more about the dinosaurs that once called this area home.
Funny to think that a place so peaceful and beautiful can also be so exciting! As the longest and one of the cleanest rivers in the eastern U.S., the Upper Delaware River has long been a favorite for recreational activities. Winding between New York and Pennsylvania, the river is filled with fish, ranging from walleye to American eels. There are many access points to the river throughout the park, making boating another popular way to enjoy the water. Given Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River’s location in two states, be sure to have the correct fishing license, then grab your pole and get fishing.
The first creek in Maryland to be designated as a fly-fishing only stream, and then as the state’s first catch-and-return trout stream, Big Hunting Creek in Catoctin Mountain Park has long been a fishing destination for anglers. Three trout species spawn in the stream, all of which must be released if caught. Arrive early for some morning fishing while the fish are still nibbling. Then spend the afternoon hiking or horseback riding through the park’s lush forests.
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