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The Best Boating Spots You’ve Never Heard Of

If you’re like me, then you would prefer to opt for “off-the-beaten-path” type of adventures. The kinds of places you won’t find on a review’s app or in a hotel lobby coupon book. As water-loving boaters, we crave remote locations, uncrowded waterways, and enriching boating experiences. There may not be many truly secret boating spots left in modern civilization, but it won’t stop me from trying to find the best ones you’ve never heard of. Here are a few boating spots that are worth checking out.

Newfound Lake, New Hampshire

Referred to as the cleanest lake in the world, this pristine lake is spring-fed and surrounded by beautiful views of mountains and forests. It’s known for having less traffic than some of the nearby lakes and the quaint, lakeside town offers marina amenities and boat rentals.

Redfish Lake, Idaho

Located in Sawtooth National Recreation Area, this alpine lake is known for its abundance of sockeye salmon. There is only one marina on the lake, boasting historic cabins, boat rentals, a beach area, camping, incredible mountain views, and a place on our list of secret boating spots.

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

The watery border that separates Oregon and Washington, this river offers jaw-dropping scenery from snow-covered mountaintops to waterfalls. The unspoiled wilderness makes a voyage along the Columbia River Gorge feel like a step back in time and one of the most incredible boating spots in the U.S.

Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma

This 102,000-acre lake is the largest in the state, making it one of the best spots for boating. White, sandy beaches and healthy fish populations attract avid boaters and anglers alike, yet off-water activities are just as popular in the two bordering state parks and scenic prairies.

Lake Dillon, Colorado

Lake Dillon is tucked away in the Rocky Mountains and, at 9,000 feet above sea level, houses the highest deepwater marina in the world. Known as a world-class sailing lake, there are also many water activities such as boat rentals, stand-up paddleboarding, and sailing lessons.

Be sure you check out the local water laws and regulations before hitting the water in these secret boating spots. Many may have restrictions about types of boats, speeds, and seasons that you can access the waters. Enjoy!


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Alycia Downs

Alycia Downs

Alycia Downs is a freelance content creator and avid sportsman who contributes to numerous publications promoting tourism, fishing, and outdoors. Alycia is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association and is actively involved with conservation and fishing non-profit organizations. Visit her personal blog at tideandtale.com or on Instagram @tideandtale.