Four of Florida's State Parks and one National Park in Florida were in the top ten of the "Take Me Fishing List of 100 Family-Friendly Places to Boat and Fish" compiled by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Boating and fishing are popular family activities in Florida where people have access to freshwater fishing in lakes and rivers as well as saltwater fishing in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico.
The Florida parks topping out the list were:
- Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key ranked number two
- Skyway Fishing Pier State Park in St. Petersburg ranked number three
- Everglades National Park in Homestead ranked number four
- Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales ranked number five
- Blue Spring State Park in Orange City ranked number eight
In addition to the above parks making the top ten, taking the twenty-first spot in the list of 100 family-friendly parks to boat and fish was Lake Talquin State Park in Tallahassee.
“Boating and fishing are favorite activities at many of our state parks,” said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service, in a recent DEP press release. “I am very proud that five of Florida’s state parks are recognized by Take Me Fishing. Many family memories are made baiting hooks and fishing together.”
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation based their selections for the list on this criteria:
- The family-friendly location is within a sixty-minute drive of a major city or town
- The public body of water is known for having ample amounts of common fish species such as bass, crappie, bluegill and trout either naturally or by being stocked with fish
- The park has amenities such as parking, restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas or campgrounds
- There are plenty of areas allowing access to fishing, a fishing pier or boat ramps.
- Other anglers recommend the park by casting a vote for the park
To locate other Florida State Parks that offer fishing as one of their recreational activities visit the state park website.