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5 Great Freshwater Destinations for Summer Family Travel

by Katie Skrzek

Jun 11, 2024

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Destinations

Enjoy family fun in the sun this summer with a visit to these freshwater destinations around the country.

 

lake

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Columbia, South Carolina

Lake Murray is an ideal destination for fishing fans. The lake is home to many largemouth and striped bass. It also holds the state record for white bass, white perch, white crappie and white catfish.

 

 

Colorado

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Estes Park, Colorado

Take in views of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains from Lake Estes. The marina offers kayak, paddleboard and pontoon boat rentals. Visitors may also obtain fishing licenses and gear from the marina to catch rainbow trout, brown trout and other fish varieties.

 

Albuquerque

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Rio Grande runs through Albuquerque. There are plenty of water adventures on the majestic river, including rafting, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. Book a guided excursion with MST Adventures with options like sunset tours and brewery stops.

 

Morrison Springs

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Walton County, Florida

Visit Morrison Springs, a 161-acre park complete with a swimming hole and one of the most popular freshwater scuba diving sites in Florida. Depths in the spring reach nearly 300 feet.

 

pedal boating

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Wisconsin

There are many freshwater opportunities to explore in Wisconsin. Lake Michigan in Milwaukee offers water activities and special events. Go whitewater rafting on the Peshtigo River in Marinette County. Bois Brule River is a perfect destination for fly fishing. Explore the pristine landscape of the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior.

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