June Is Great Outdoors Month: Explore. Play. Connect.
A boat makes getting outdoors easy and even more enjoyable. And did you know you can even camp with your boat? Find some amazing campgrounds below where you can gaze at the stars and your boat!
So during the month of June #EscapetheIndoors! Join your local MarineMax store for an event, meet new friends and old, explore your local waterways, pitch a tent on the beach, go fishing (see free fishing days) and don’t forget to snaps pics (we even have tips for great pics). Tag your pics on social media with #ShowUsYourBurgee and #EscapetheIndoors.
Camp by Boat
Boating is a wonderful way to get outdoors but why not take it up a notch and try camping and boating together! Check out these amazing places across the U.S. where you can do both.
1. Cayo Costa State Park - Florida
Located in Boca Grande, Florida this unique park is only accessible by boat (or ferry). Overnight options include 30 tent camping sites and 12 one-room cabins. There's even slips for private boats. With nine miles of soft sandy beaches and mangroves, you can spend your time spotting sea life like dolphins, manatee and fish, swimming, shelling, fishing and more. Find out more about Cayo Costa State Park.
2. Bahia Honda State Park - Florida
While still recovering from Hurricane Irma and not yet open, put this park on your list for the future. Located on Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys, you'll find a boat ramp for launching from and campsites for RV and tents as well as cabins. A marina also offered boat slips for overnight rental so make sure to watch for updates on their return to operations. Find out more about Bahia Honda State Park.
3. T.H. Stone Memorial - St. Joseph State Park - Florida
Head to the panhandle and enjoy a camping adventure at St. Joseph State Park. Complete with snow-white sand beaches with aqua-blue water lapping, this park is rated as one of the best state parks in the U.S. and one of the best beaches in the nation. Choose the right time of year and you can even try your hand at scalloping! Amenities include a boat ramp, RV and tent sites, cabins, hiking and nature trails, playground and more. Find out more about St. Joseph State Park.
4. Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach - Florida
North of Daytona Beach, you'll discover a park known for great surfing, fishing and paddling. This 144-acre park offers both beachfront and riverside camping. 68 campsites are split between the beach side and riverside (intracostal). At night from May through September, if you are lucky you may spot the sea turtles crawling onto the beach to lay their eggs. Find out more about Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach.
5. Fort De Soto County Park - Florida
Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, you'll find Fort De Soto County Park which straddles five interconnected islands and 1,136 acres. Boating into the Gulf of Mexico is just minutes away and a short cruise away is Egmont Key State Park, where you can go back into history and explore Fort Dade. Egmont Key is only accessible by private boat or ferry and does not offer overnight stays (or drinking water). At Fort De Soto you'll an abundance of natural beauty, an 800-foot-long boat launching facility with eleven floating docks and 238 campsites. Find out more about Fort De Soto County Park.
6. Peninsula State Park - Wisconsin
With eight miles of shoreline on Green Bay, this park is sure to call to water lovers. Plus a 18-hole golf course, volleyball courts, hiking and bike trails offer something for everyone. Five campgrounds offer a mix of electric and nonelectric sites. The boat launch is located at Nicolet Bay and overnight offshore anchoring is allowed at Horseshoe Island and in Nicolet Bay, outside of the designated swimming area and boat launch. Horseshoe Island is about one mile north of Nicolet bay and is only accessible by boat. Find out more about Peninsula State Park.
7. Ludington State Park - Michigan
Situated between Hamlin Lake and Lake Michigan in western Michigan, you'll find Ludington State Park. With 5,300 acres and 21.5 miles of trails plus everything from sand dunes and shoreline to marshlands and forest, you will not tire of the scenery. A boat ramp provides access to the 5,000-acre Hamilton Lake. Three modern campgrounds have a combined total of 360 campsites. Unique to this park is the opportunity to tour the iconic Big Sable Point Lighthouse May through October. Find out more about Ludington State Park.
8. Voyageurs National Park - Minnesota
Find a new activity every season at Voyageurs National Park found in northernmost Minnesota. In the summer and spring, enjoy water activities while in the fall many indulge in hiking. Cross-country skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers and ice fisherman flock here in the winter. With over 40% of the park being water, a maze of interconected water highways are a delight for boaters. 220 free, designated campsites are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Find out more about Voyageurs National Park.
9. Deer Island Park - Virginia
Located at Philpott Lake this park is only accessible by boat and camping is on a first-come-first-serve basis at 21 campsites clustered along the shore. Each campsite is limited to only six people. You'll find this island east of Floyd and north of Basset. Find out more about Deer Island Park.
10. Lake James State Park - North Carolina
Offering hiking, mountain biking, fishing, swimming and boating, this park has everything for enjoying the outdoors. They even built a set of 30 campsites on Long Arm Peninsula that are exclusively for boaters. Boat ramps at Hidden Cove and Canal Bridge on NC 126 are located between the park’s two day-use areas. Find out more about Lake James State Park.
11. Dale Hollow Lake - Tennessee
With 27,000 acres and 620 miles of shoreline, not only can you find great camping, but you will also not lack a cove to explore by boat. This lake spans the Tennessee-Kentucky border, and you'll find Dale Hollow Lake State resort Park on the Kentucky side, but the adventurous can try boating in and primitive camping on the Tennessee side. Find out more about Dale Hollow Lake.
12. Rogers Rock Campground - New York
Located on Lake George, Rogers Rock Campground is a popular destination with families offering swimming, boating, hiking and bicycling. This campground offers both individual and group sites. The two areas for groups accommodate 35-60 people. A boat launch is available. Find out more about Rogers Rock Campgrod.
Please note that details may change. Check the park's website for the most update to date and accurate information.
National Fishing and Boating Week
National Fishing and Boating Week is a national celebration highlighting the importance of recreational boating and fishing. Boating and fishing play an important role in enhancing our quality of life and preserving our country's natural beauty. A portion of all fishing tackle and license sales, as well as boat supply and registration sales, fund the conservation and preservation of our nation's waterways through a program called the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This means that every time you purchase a fishing license or register a boat, you are helping improve the natural places you love.
During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. It's a great time to get out on the water and try fishing for the first time!
5 Tips on How to Take a Great Photo
We gathered 5 great tips to help you take the best photo possible while enjoying your favorite people in your favorite places. So brush up on your photography skills using your smartphone or camera and be ready to take photos of the amazing moments you experience doing Great Outdoors Month.
Get Outside and #ShowUsYourBurgee
Each summer MarineMax boaters across the country share hundreds of pictures of their boating fun with #ShowUsYourBurgee! As you head outside and onto the water, make sure to join in the fun this summer. It's easy:
- Visit your local MarineMax store to pick up your FREE new 2018 MarineMax 20th Anniversary Edition Burgee!
- Take pics with your MarineMax Burgee on your boat, on skis, at exotic locations, wherever you enjoy boating fun.
- Share your adventures with us and other boaters by posting to social media and tagging #ShowUsYourBurgee.
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2018 Free Fishing Days By State
Alabama: June 9, 2018
Arkansas: June 8-10, 2018
Arizona: June 2, 2018
California: July 7, 2018
Colorado: June 2-3, 2018
Connecticut: May 12, 2018, June 12, 2018 and August 11, 2018 (must get the free one day license)
DC: June 2 - 10, 2018
Delaware: June 2-3, 2018
Florida: June 2 - 3, 2018 (saltwater), June 9 - 10, 2018 (freshwater), September 1, 2018 (saltwater), November 24, 2018 (saltwater)
Georgia: June 2 and 9, 2018, September 22, 2018
Hawaii: 365 days a year (marine)
Iowa: June 1-3, 2018
Idaho: June 9, 2018
Illinois: June 16-17, 2018
Indiana: June 2-3, 2018
Kansas: June 2-3, 2018
Kentucky: June 2-3, 2018
Louisiana: June 9 - 10, 2018
Maine: June 2 - 3, 2018
Maryland: June 2 and 9, 2018, July 4, 2018
Massachusetts: June 2 - 3, 2018 (freshwater), June 16-17 (saltwater)
Michigan: June 9-10, 2018
Minnesota: June 8-10, 2018 (MN residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16), January 19-21, 2019 (MN residents 16 and older fish free with children younger than 16)
Missouri; June 9 - 10, 2018
Mississippi: June 2 - 3, 2018, July 4, 2018
Montana: June 16 - 17, 2018
North Carolina: July 4, 2018
North Dakota: June 2 - 3, 2018, December 29-30, 2018 (free ice fishing days)
Nebraska: May 19, 2018 (free fishing/free park entry day)
New Hampshire: June 2, 2018
New Jersey: June 9 - 10, 2018
New Mexico: June 2, 2018
New York: June 23 - 24, 2018, September 22, 2018, November 11, 2018
Nevada: June 9
Ohio: May 5 - 6, 2018
Oklahoma: June 2 - 3, 2018
Oregon: June 2 - 3, September 1 - 2, November 23 - 24, 2018
Pennsylvania: July 4, 2018
Rhode Island: May 5 - 6, 2018
South Carolina: July 4, 2018
South Dakota: May 18 - 20, 2018
Tennessee: June 9, 2018
Texas: June 2, 2018
Utah: June 9, 2018
Virginia: June 1-3, 2018
Vermont: June 9, 2018
Washington: June 9 - 10, 2018
Wisconsin: June 2-3, 2018, January 19-20, 2019
West Virginia: June 9 - 10, 2018
Wyoming: June 2, 2018
Please note that the individual states may place certain restrictions and other regulations may apply, so be sure to contact your state fish and wildlife agency for specific state regulations.