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Americans Have Officially Chosen the Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat for 2018
List includes diverse bodies of water across the U.S.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. (AUGUST 7, 2018) – Today, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and its Take Me Fishing™ campaign announces the Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat. The full list of 50 – nominated by state fish and wildlife agencies and curated by moms –- was further whittled down to the Top 10 by nearly 32,000 votes from across the United States. The list represents a full spectrum of the nation’s diverse bodies of water, from a river in Alaska to a lake in the heart of the Midwest and the shores of Hawaii.

Each Top 10 Mom-Approved Place features family-friendly amenities such as recreation areas, picnic shelters, nearby parking, boat launches, safe water access and of course, plenty of fish to catch.

“The list of Top Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat is a great guide for moms, kids and everyone looking to get out on the water this summer,” said RBFF VP of Communications Stephanie Vatalaro. “Creating awareness and facilitating access to resources for young anglers and their families is a key component to achieving our 60 in 60 goal.”

Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat:

  1. Alaska – Eklutna Tailrace
  2. Kentucky – Lake Cumberland
  3. Nebraska – Lake Ogallala
  4. Florida – Lake Piney Z
  5. West Virginia – Little Beaver Lake
  6. Arizona – Lake Havasu
  7. Iowa – Backbone State Park
  8. California – Yosemite National Park
  9. Hawaii – Pōka'ī Bay
  10. Louisiana – Grand Isle State Park

Click here for accompanying infographic. The Top Places to Fish and Boat receive a special designation on RBFF’s Places to Fish & Boat Map, featured as great places for newcomers to begin their fishing and boating adventures.


About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)
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's recently announced 60 in 60 effort strives to attract 60 million anglers to the sport by the end of 2021. To help recruit, retain and reactivate participants, RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns creating awareness about boating, fishing and conservation, and educating people about the benefits of participation. These campaigns 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.