The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and its Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns today released the 2016 Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat . Americans fell hook, line and sinker for the fishing experience at Florida’s Everglades National Park, which snagged the No. 1 position as the best place to fish and boat in the U.S. for the second consecutive year. The news comes just ahead of an event-filled National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4 – 12.

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The criteria for the Top 100 included having a public body of water within driving distances of a major city, good fishing opportunities and family-friendly amenities.

All Hands On Deck: 2016 Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S. Unveiled (PRNewsFoto/Recreational Boating & Fishing)

Top 10 Places in  2016:

  • Everglades National Park, Fla.
  • Bahia Honda State Park, Atlantic Ocean, Fla.
  • Blue Springs State Park, St. Johns River, Fla.
  • Kissimmee State Park, Lake Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Clear Lake State Park, Clear Lake, Calif.
  • Brannon Island State Park, Sacramento River, Calif.
  • Dockweiler State Beach, Santa Monica Bay, Calif.
  • Hanging Rock State Park, Hanging Rock Park Lake, N.C.
  • Guntersville State Park, Guntersville Lake, Ala.
  • Lake James State Park, Lake James, Ala.


A few more fun fishing opportunities to help you and your family make a splash this summer:

  • Free Fishing Days 2016 – Most states will offer free fishing days for everyone to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. These days are the perfect opportunity for beginners to try fishing for the first time.
  • #ReelFun Fishing Events – Kick-off events will be hosted at more than 1,000 Walmart® stores across the U.S. June 3 – 5. All ages and skill levels are invited to learn fishing tips from expert anglers, purchase a fishing license, and test their casting skills.
  • #FirstCatch – Create and capture moments fishing with family and friends, then share them with others online using #FirstCatch. #FirstCatch is Take Me Fishing’s initiative to help anglers come together and revel in the joys of fishing and boating by sharing their first fishing and boating memories – first catch of the day, first fish of the season or even the first catch of a lifetime.



RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns to create awareness around boating, fishing and conservation, and educate people about the benefits of participation. Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The campaign websites,, and, feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.