Top 5 States for Winter Boating

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Surviving the winter without boating is tough. The unfortunate state of being for most boaters is that at least 25 percent of the year is wasted due to ice and cold weather. However, a large portion of the country is still open for boating and a perfect setting for a winter getaway. Look, this has been a brutal year. You deserve a little escape with your Crownline. Head down South (or out West) for some fun in the sun.

Obviously, Florida is at the top of this list. The most popular boating state is a no-brainer for a winter boating destination. Perfect for snowbirds or vacationers, the state has more boating hot spots than you could realistically expect to visit in a decade. Cruise the Intracoastal Waterways, explore the Gulf, take on the Atlantic, or just open it up on a lake. At any point in the state, you’re no more than 30 minutes away from the water. Pick a location on the peninsula and get going.

Heading back south, Arizona is filled with great lakes for fishing, watersports and cruising. The state features some of the most beautiful boating backdrops in the world. Lake Havasu, Alamo Lake, and the Colorado River beneath the Davis Dam are a few fishing spots sure to keep you entertained. Beyond fishing, Lake Havasu has everything you could possibly desire in terms of prime boating, so you may want to put that at the top of the list.

The majority of the state is under a shelter-in-place order but, once it’s lifted, you’ll find California to be one of the best boating locations in the world. California offers any type of boating you can dream of, from the wonders of Lake Tahoe to the comfortable waters off San Diego Bay. The fishing is excellent off the San Francisco coast, while Lake Sonoma and Lake Tahoe are ideal destinations for watersports. Whatever your interest, California has the boating experience for you.

Mississippi is another underrated boating state. The Magnolia State features a surprising number of wonderful boating spots including the Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Bay, and Big Lake. The city of Biloxi is a fascinating place to explore in the winter. Further west is Bay St. Louis, which features good fishing and plenty of space for watersports. In the north, Grenada Lake, Sardis Lake, and Enid Lake are excellent destinations for recreational retreats.