Water Recreation Activities in some of North America’s Famed Camping Sites


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Summary: Most state parks and resorts offer water recreation to campers. As every park is more or less situated over a vast area of forest land, naturally one will enjoy the most of the many rivers, lakes and creeks scattered in and around the parks. Water activities are a plenty to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.


Located a few minutes away from Asheville is Lake Powhatan a one stop park for all kinds of activities including water recreation, situated in the dense forest area beneath the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and at an altitude of 2200 feet. Waterfalls, mountain ranges, conifer and hardwood forests make this park a much loved site among campers. The lake which has a sandy beach is good for trout fishing, water skiing, and swimming.


If you are a seasoned angler and want time off on your own where even your family will enjoy, then Stagecoach State Park in Colorado has something for everyone. The park is known for its reputation for huge rainbow trout and large pike. The area lies sprawled over an 820 acre reservoir where a number of water activities like kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, sail boating and waterskiing are allowed. Amenities are well established providing a dump station, fire grills and pits, a store, Marina, picnic spot and a swimming beach.


Mendocino Coast Offers Sandy Beaches as Well as Forested Parks for Swimming and Hiking

If you are really a water lover then camping on the Mendocino coast can be great fun. The coastline stretches 76 miles with many private or state campsites along the way. Some of the popular ones are Russian Gulch in Mendocino, Mackerricher –Fort Bragg, Van Damme-little River and Hendy Woods in the Anderson Valley. Campers are spoilt for choice from the many state parks along the coast with rivers as well as beaches for a stupendous time of river rafting or jet skiing, fishing, swimming and the like.


In Mississippi, Roosevelt State Park is worth a mention for its huge choice of outdoor land and water activity. The park provides a clear view of the Bienville forest landscape and is most picturesque during autumn. Water activities offered by the park include power boating, boating, water skiing, water slides and swimming and jet skiing.


Eldon Hazlet State recreation area is Illinois’s largest campground coincidentally situated on Carlyle Lake, besides having excellent facilities for hiking and camping. Campers can even bring their boats along with them. The park offers sailing facilities with a sailboat harbor stretched over 40 acres. The camp has a large swimming pool for family and kids. The four acre fishing pond is the most popular activity in the park due to the abundance of cat fish bass, bluegill, carp, channel catfish and crappie, this is one park that also provides fishing for kids.


Sand Hollow Reservoir is a relatively new park in Utah. Its popularity is mainly due to its attraction that lies in its blue waters and landscape of red sandstone. RV camping facilities are provided in its many campsites. Boating and water recreation is a regular feature of the small but well established park.