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Paris Landing State Park, Pickwick Landing State Park and Tims Ford State Park were listed among the Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing, whose first Top 100 list was released this month. Park and recreation areas in 24 states were represented in the Top 100.
“We are thrilled to have three of our great Tennessee State Parks on the list of family-friendly boating and fishing destinations in the country,” Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill said.
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take me Fishing campaign initiated the nationwide vote to provide families and outdoor enthusiasts with a recommended list of the best family-friendly places to experience the joys of boating and fishing as the weather warms up around the country. Criteria for the top places to boat and fish included having a public body of water within an hour of major city and good fishing opportunities.
“We enlisted the help of state fish and wildlife agencies to identify popular locations, and asked fishing and boating enthusiasts who belong to our communities to vote on their favorite spots that are easily accessible and where the fish are known to bite most often,” RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson said.
June 11 is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host a Youth Fishing Rodeo at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park’s Eva Beach day use area at 8 a.m. In addition, T.O. Fuller State Park will host a Youth Fishing Rodeo for ages one through 12. Prizes will be awarded at each park.
Paris Landing State Park
Paris Landing features a full-service marina with annual and transient slips and a four-lane public boat launch ramp. A courtesy dock is available at the inn for restaurant guests. Fishing at Paris Landing includes Bass fishing, in addition to Spring Crappie, Blugill and Redear Sunfish.
Pickwick Landing State Park
Pickwick Landing is known for great sport fishing and numerous local and national fishing tournaments. The tailwaters provide excellent fishing for Sauger, White and Yellow Bass, Striped Bass and Catfish.
Tims Ford State Park
The lake at Tims Ford is a long, winding reservoir providing boating, skiing, fishing and other water recreation activities. Fishing at Tims Ford includes Spotted and Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass.
Tennessee State Parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in the state, offering a variety of recreational, lodging and dining choices. For more information about Tennessee State Parks, visit http://tnstateparks.com, https://www.facebook.com/tennesseestateparks or https://twitter.com/TennStateParks.