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With thousands of miles of Pacific coastline and some of the most scenic lakes in America, there are plenty of west coast boating destinations that can help take your worries away. Deciding where to go boating just depends on what you want to see and do. No stress is allowed here, one of these eight boat spots on the west coast could turn into your new happy place.
1. Mission Bay, California
Mission Bay offers marina facilities, boat rentals, private charters, boat tours, scheduled excursions and boat courses. Whether you want to take your own boat for a leisurely cruise or hop aboard a tour boat, it’s easy to relax in the calm waters of the bay and the coastal breeze.
2. Big Bear Lake, California
Due to its altitude, boating on this San Bernardino County reservoir is limited to the summer season, but the wait is well worth the wait in warm weather. You can take the family for a picnic in the afternoon by boat on China Island, or drive to the dam, where you can find public buoys to enjoy the majestic mountain views.
3. Lake Tahoe, California / Nevada
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and is known for its crystal clear blue water and panoramic views. During the summer boating season, which runs from June to September, decompress while fishing for rainbow trout or soak up the scenery on a sunset sailing tour.
4. Lake Billy Chinook, Oregon
Lake Billy Chinook sits in a canyon carved millions of years ago by the Deschutes, Crooked, and Metolius Rivers. While the lake is a popular boating destination on the west coast, many visitors also come to fish for sockeye salmon, brown trout, and black bass (read the local fishing reports before you set off). The Cove Palisades State Park has two full-service campsites and a marina with access to the lake.
5. Lake Powell, Arizona
Lake Powell is located in northern Arizona and is often referred to as a popular boating spot on the west coast. The stunning red rock formations that surround this destination and Arizona’s temperate climate make it the perfect place to relax on the water.
6. Saguaro Lake, Arizona
Lake Saguaro is within the boundaries of the Tonto National Forest. As the name suggests, the lake’s desert shores are dotted with the stately saguaro cactus. Go to the east end of the lake for a quieter experience and camp by boat.
7. San Juan Islands, Washington
Travel 109 miles north of Seattle for a break in the San Juan Islands. This archipelago of 172 named islands is known to be one of the quietest boating spots on the west coast. Rent a boat at one of the nearby marinas or hop on the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes.
8. Lake Roosevelt, Washington
Created in 1941 by the damming of the Columbia River, Lake Roosevelt is a 130-mile reservoir with 22 public launches suitable for all types of vessels, from canoes to motorboats. Finding summer rest here is easy as there are literally hundreds of hidden beaches, coves and coves.
After knowing more about these eight relaxing west coast boating destinations, which ones would you like to put on your boating list? Do you need to register your boat? No problem, we’ve got you covered.
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.