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Two Virginia lakes make list of 'America's top 100 best places to fish and boat'

Lake Anna and Smith Mountain Lake have made the list of Take Me Fishing's Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish or Boat.
Lake Anna and Smith Mountain Lake have made the list of Take Me Fishing's Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish or Boat.
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Lake Anna State Park (Spotsylvania, Va.) and Smith Mountain Lake (Huddleston, Va.) made Take Me Fishing's list of “America's Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Boat and Fish,” coming in at number 58 and 51, respectively.

The top 100 list was released to encourage Americans to get out on the water during National Fishing and Boating Week, which is June 1-8, 2014. State parks, lakes, keys, and watering holes from Florida, Pennsylvania and Maine, to Texas, Nevada and California made this first-ever list.

From the press release:

Top 10 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat

  1. Lake Berryessa, Napa Valley, CA
  2. Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key, FL
  3. Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, St. Petersburg, FL
  4. Everglades National Park, Homestead, FL
  5. Kissimmee State Park, Lake Wales, FL
  6. Galveston Island State Park, Galveston, TX
  7. Lake Chabot Regional Park, Castro Valley, CA
  8. Blue Springs State Park, Orange City, FL
  9. Table Rock State Park, Branson, MO
  10. Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA

For the full list of the top 100 family-friendly places to boat and fish, as well as all kinds of other fishing and boating information, please visit

Created by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the Take Me Fishing campaign initiated this nationwide vote as a way to provide families and outdoor enthusiasts with a list of the best family-friendly places to experience the fun and exhilaration of fishing and boating. Having a public body of water within an hour of a major city and good opportunities for fishing were among the top criteria used in the search.

“We enlisted the help of state fish and wildlife experts to identify popular locations, and asked fishing and boating enthusiasts who belong to our communities to vote on their favorite spots that are easily accessible and where the fish are known to bite most often,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson.

During National Fishing and Boating Week, June 1-8, 2014, families are encouraged to visit local parks and other fishing and boating spots.

Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week

  • Conservation Through Participation: The purchase of fishing licenses and boat registrations helps fund efforts to conserve waterways through projects such as habitat improvement, fish stocking, aquatic education and fishing/boating access facilities like docks and ramps.
  • Free Fishing Days: This is a great opportunity for those who are new to the sport, want to learn more about it or want to teach others. Most states offer a free fishing day, or days, that allow people to fish without having to purchase a fishing license. To find your state, please click here.
  • Kids' Activities: offers Little Lunkers, a section of fun and games for kids to learn more about the world of fishing before hitting the water.
  • Special Events: Several places will be holding events such as regattas, fishing contests, boating demonstrations and much more.

For more information on National Fishing and Boating Week as well as lots of other great advice, tips and information, please visit

“Whether you want to learn how to tie a knot or know where the closest boat ramp is, we have everything you need to learn, plan and equip your family for a great day on the water.” - Frank Peterson

Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the RBFF is a non-profit organization with the mission to increase participation in recreational fishing and boating, which in turn will help to protect and restore the nation's natural resources. The Take Me Fishing campaign was developed to create awareness about boating, fishing and conservation efforts as well as to educate people about the benefits of participating in outdoor activities.

This Sightseeing Examiner has been to both Lake Anna and Smith Mountain Lake. While I am not much of a fishing fanatic, I am an avid boater, and I must say that the honor is well-deserved. Congrats to Lake Anna and Smith Mountain Lake. Now, get out there and go fish!

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