Water Sports that Make a Splash
Did you know the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation, with 422 lake and river projects in 43 states? Sure, everyone knows about motor boating and fishing, but why not consider cooling off with a different kind of water sport like flat water paddling, whitewater rafting or even scuba diving?
Flat Water Paddling
Beech Fork Lake, West Virginia
Flat water canoeing and kayaking is an increasingly popular sport at Beech Fork Lake. With powerboats restricted to motors no more than ten horsepower, Beech Fork Lake is a quiet lake, making it ideal for paddlers. The lake also features many backwater areas that are too shallow for motorboats, but are perfect for canoes and kayaks. Motorboats usually ply the main section of the lake. Learn more...
Lake Red Rock, Iowa
If paddling is your interest, check out the newly-designated water trail at Lake Red Rock. This trail accesses Hickory Ridge Wilderness Campground, a paddle-in or hike-in primitive campground. Iowa’s largest lake also boasts the state’s largest beach at the new North Overlook Beach facility. Learn more...
J. Strom Thurmond Lake, Georgia and South Carolina
Visitors to J. Strom Thurmond Lake, the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi, can launch at Dozier Branch or on the Little River for a quiet, serene paddle in an area where they are not likely to see (or hear) a single motorboat. There are also launch sites for the Little River Blueway located in Mount Carmel and LeRoys Ferry Campgrounds and at Mount Pleasant Ramp.
Dale Hollow Lake, Tennessee
Dale Hollow Lake is known for its crystal clear waters, with average water clarity of up to 30 feet. Visitors to Dale Hollow Lake enjoy scuba diving – exploring the foundation of the old Willow Grove School House at the lake bottom near the Willow Grove Campground. Divers can refill their air tanks at the nearby Willow Grove Marina.
Earle May Boat Basin and Bypass Park hosts numerous festivals, bass tournaments, parades and other events for the entire family to enjoy. Learn more...
Youghiogheny River Lake, Pennsylvania
Trips are available on the Middle and Lower Youghiogheny, daily during the spring and summer. The Upper Youghiogheny has releases on Mondyas, Tuesdays and Saturdays from mid-April through mid-September.
Upper Youghiogheny River Rafting: Class V+/Advanced
Steep and technical, whitewater rafting the “Upper Yough” is not for the faint at heart. Dropping almost 1000 feet in the ten miles from Sang Run to Friendsville, the action is almost non-stop. The first few miles of the Upper are relatively easy, giving paddlers a chance to warm-up. Then the river gets steeper and the rapids become more difficult. The last few miles are easier as you near take-out at Friendsville.
Middle Youghiogheny River Rafting: Class I-II/Beginner
The Middle Youghiogheny is the easiest of the three sections; a mild float that allows for good wildlife viewing and fishing. It’s perfect for a quiet and relaxing float trip, or as a place to take young children.
Lower Youghiogheny River Rafting: Class III-IV/Intermediate
The Lower Youghiogheny is probably the most popular section of the river. Rapids with names like Entrance, Cucumber, Railroad, Dimple, Swimmers and Double Hydraulics offer a broad range of whitewater for all experience levels. Learn more...