Sure, summer is probably considered by most to be the best time of the year to go boating, but that doesn’t mean you should put the boat away when the fall season rolls in. In fact, there several great spots across the U.S. that are perfect for viewing the changing seasons from the water. Below, we’ve shared a list of some of the best, courtesy of Discover Boating. Enjoy!
Bar Harbor, Maine: This spot, the entrance to Acadia National Park, offers “spectacular New England autumn scenery along the rugged Maine coast.” Boaters can dock locally and explore the charming town and eat at one of the many great seafood restaurants while novices can check out several charter and rental opportunities, including nature cruises and custom boat rides.
Lake Chelan, Washington: This narrow and deep 55-mile lake is located on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains and features tree-lined state parks and forest service campgrounds. Visitors should check out the tiny mountain wilderness village of Stehekin which can only be reached by water. There are plenty of charger, rental, and marina options here as well as a daily ferries.
Lake George, New York: Known as the “Queen of American Lakes”, this spot can be found at the southeast base of the Adirondacks. This lake covers 30 miles of shoreline and features tree-lined mountainsides which surround the lake with fall colors against clear blue skies. For the best views, check out a leaf peeping boat tour which are popular at Lake George.
Lake Monroe, Indiana: Located near Bloomington, Lake Monroe is the state’s largest and is surrounded by over 13,000 acres of lush protected forest and three areas for recreation making it the perfect spot to take in fall foliage.