Fishing and camping go together like bacon and eggs; it’s hard to conceive of one without the other. It’s best to take one’s time with fishing, and as any fisherman knows, patience pays off. If you’re looking to take a fishing trip, you might as well pitch your tent so that you can enjoy the great outdoors as Mother Nature intended—slowly. Even if you’re an experienced camper and fisher and think you know all the good sites to go to for an awesome fishing experience, check out these ten great campsites for you and your family. You can relax and fish, while the kids explore the nature trails. Don’t forget to bring the best screened room family tent.
1. Lake Bob Sandlin National Park
Now, I may be biased as a Texan, but Lake Bob Sandlin is one of the best places to go fishing. It offers a variety of trout, white bass, and channel catfish in its huge, sprawling, nearly-thousand-acre lake. With over 100,000 fish, chances are you’ll be able to catch something, even if you’re a beginner.
2. McArthur-Burney Falls
California has some pretty spectacular sites, but there’s nothing like McArthur-Burney Falls, a cascading cataract that plunges 130 feet into a sparkling, blue pool. Nearby, Lake Britton offers smallmouth bass and, for the anglers, streams packed with trout. You and your family can choose among the 128 campsites located inside the park. This campsite offers hiking, boating, and swimming.
3. Sebastian Inlet State Park
The next two sites will focus on saltwater fishing. It’s hard to beat Florida’s clear, turquoise blue waters, and the Sebastian Inlet State Park offers some of the best fishing Florida brings, with snook, redfish, and flounder. The park has over fifty campsites to choose from, for both RV and tent campers alike. Although it’s great for fishing, campers can also enjoy water skiing, surfing, and swimming.
4. Galveston Island State Park
Alright, this is the last time that I’ll mention Texas, even though it’s arguably one of the best places to pitch your tent. (They don’t say that the stars are bright in Texas for nothing.) Galveston Island is a great place to do a little off-shore fishing. With a variety of spotted seatrout, redfish, black drum, croaker, and flounder, your options are as wide-open as the Texas sky.
5. Jordanelle State Park
With its rolling hills, breathtaking vistas, and rugged atmosphere, Utah has a special place for those who love camping and fishing. The Jordanelle State Park has three main sites, Hailstone, Rock Cliff and Ross Creek, but fishing fanatics flock to Hailstone, for its ease of access to the Jordanelle Reservoir. Fishers can expect largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and rainbow trout, but the reservoir always offers some surprises. Located just a little way from Salt Lake City, campers can stop by and visit some of the more famous tourist sites, like the Sundance Film Festival. Utah is great for offering visitors a variety of activities, so if you get tired of fishing, you can always go up the mountains for skiing or snowmobiling. The park offers cabins, hook-up sites, and primitive tent-only sites, whether you’re looking to rough it or just get away for a weekend.
6. Yampa River State Park
Yampa River State Park is a 140-mile stretch of beautiful river, running through canyons, and offering fishers some of the best pike in the state, trout, and smallmouth bass. Colorado has some of the best campsites in the US, but Yampa tops them. This campsite is great for the whole family, because it has something for everyone: floating the river in an inflatable raft, whitewater rapids, horseback riding, birding, boating, hiking, hunting, and picnicking.
7. North Cascades National Park, WA.
The North Cascades, with its jagged mountains, pristine pools, and flower-dotted wilderness is nothing short of stunning. This mountainous campsite has some of the best hiking available for the explorer in all of us, plus boating, biking, and horseback riding. They offer boat-in camping for the hardcore fisherman, and you can find plenty of rainbow trout in Lakes Ross or Diablo.
8. Starved Rock State Park, IL.
Explore the steep, sandstone canyons, waterfalls of glacial water, and many hiking trails. Anglers will be delighted to fish in the Illinois River for catfish, bullhead, white bass, sauger, walleye, carp, and crappie. The park has over thirteen miles of trail and eighteen canyons, making this an excellent campsite no matter which season of the year. With over one hundred and thirty campsites, there is a reason that Starved Rock State Park was voted the number-one attraction in Illinois.
9. Lake Waramaug State Park
Surrounded by gentle hills, this calm lake has attracted freshwater fisherman for years, with its offering of white catfish, rock bass, bluegill, redbreast sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, and more. Its relaxing atmosphere brings a sense of peace for those who’d like to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This campsite offers on-site boat rentals, cabins, and non-electric options. While it offers great opportunities for boating and fishing, it also has a special scuba-diving option for those who’d like to take a closer look at the variety of life under the lake’s waters.
10. Grayson Highlands State Park
One sunrise alone is worth the trip to this jewel of Virginia. Visitors can take in the scenic, alpine views from the 5,000-foot peaks of its mountains. Take a hike down the beautiful Appalachian Mountain trails to find some of the best trout fishing areas in the state. The campsite offers everything from bunkhouses to primitive camping and even yurts.
That’s it! This list could go on forever, but these are just some of the great places to go tent camping and fishing for you and your family to enjoy. Many of these campsites require booking in advance, so make sure to call. Otherwise, enjoy!