To some people, the term “recreational boating” seems like an oxymoron of sorts. After all, why else would you go boating? There are people who make their living boating whether it’s participating in regattas or speed boat racing. Most people however use their boats for recreational purposes only.
And in the South recreational boating is almost a religion. There are thousands of lakes, rivers and coastal regions to put your boat in and enjoy a day or more on the water.
Recreational boating is exactly what it sounds like – using a boat for having fun. You can do so many things with a boat, and all of them are fun depending on who you are and what you like. You can fish, swim, water ski, tube, or just relax and enjoy the water.
Millions of people enjoy recreational boating. According to recent studies "Statistics say that on average one in every six households in the United States own a boat. An even larger number take advantage of rental opportunities renting a watercraft to enjoy a day on the water."
Of course, one of the biggest parts of recreational boating has to be knowing how to do it safely. Remember to follow the rules of the "road" waterway, keep alcohol consumption to a minimum while on the water and wear the proper flotation device when required. Be considerate of others and you will greatly enjoy your boating excursion
One of the best parts of boating is tying up in a cove and meeting new people and there a plenty of coves and bays in the southern US that offer nice spots as well as providing privacy and quiet areas just to relax.. You might be be surprised at how many wonderful friends you can make on the lake, river or coastal waterways!
Recreational boating is rated as one of the most enjoyable outdoor activities.
Major bodies of water in Alabama include these major reservoirs: Aliceville, Bankhead, Bartletts Ferry, Bear Creek, Big Creek, Cedar Creek, Claiborne, Coffeeville, Columbia, Dannelly, Demopolis, Eufaula, Gainesville, Gantt, Goat Rock, Guntersville, Holt, Inland, Jones Bluff, Jordan, Lay, Little Bear Creek, Logan Martin, Martin, Miller's Ferry, Mitchell, Montgomery, Neely Henry, Oliver, Opelika City, Pickwick, Point A, Purdy, R.L Harris, Woodruff, Shelby, Smith, Thollocco, Thurlow, Tuscaloosa, Upper Bear, Warrior, Wedowee, Weiss, West Point, Wheeler, Wilson and Yates.
If you look at all Southern states combined you will find similar numbers and if you add the coastlines of the Southern states then boat lovers have plenty of choices along with the Intercoastal Waterways.