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10 Best State Parks for Boating with Family this Summer

Wondering about a few of the best state parks for boating this summer? If you want to know where to boat as family, check out this list that includes some of the best boating state parks in the country.

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10 Best State Parks for Boating with Family this Summer

  1. Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Kaiser, Missouri. This summer haven for boaters has three paved boat ramps and family campsites. Take advantage of swimming beaches, woodlands, streams, and beautiful bluff-top views of the lake. Lake of the Ozarks State Park is perfect place for families who love boating and fishing, but who want the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling too.
  2. Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Rent a kayak to explore the 2.5-mile mangrove protected estuary, or trailer your boat and launch at the park for direct access to Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Paddling, shelling, hiking, and wildlife viewing are all options, but visitors often return time and time again to spend a day on the gulf waters at one of the best state parks for boating in Florida.
  3. Devils Fork State Park, Salem, South Carolina. The park is the only public access point for Lake Jocassee, a 7,500-acre reservoir lake with four launch sites. Mountain streams and several waterfalls feed into the lake, making it not only one of the best boating state parks, but also a prime South Carolina trout fishing spot.
  4. Lake Perris State Recreation Area, Perris, California. Located about 65 miles south of Los Angeles and 11 miles southeast of Riverside, Lake Perris covers 2,250 acres and offers boaters white beaches, blue waters, and stunning views of rocky Alessandro Island. This state recreation area attracts close to one million visitors from surrounding communities every year. There are multiple launch ramps and a marina, providing easy lake access.
  5. Cayo Costa State Park, Cayo Costa, Florida. Located five miles south of Boca Grande, and accessible only by boat or kayak, Cayo Costa State Park is the park to visit by boat when you want to get away from it all. This former fishing ground of the Calusa Indians has nine miles of undeveloped shoreline for swimming, shelling, fishing, birdwatching and family exploration along with several walking and bicycling trails through the island’s interior.

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