The US Recreational areas offers various outdoor recreational activities that you can enjoy. You can click on Recreation.gov and search Federal parks, forests and other public areas that may offer different activities that you are most interested in.

Some of the activities you can do are the following.

  1. Biking

For those who want unforgettable trails with their road/mountain bike

  1. Boating

An activity for those seeking calmness and adventure, click on the link above and you can also find safety boating tips.

  1. Camping

Campfires and stargazing never gets old. There are thousands of places you can choose from where you can set-up your tent or park an RV.

  1. Climbing

Whether you’re just a beginner or an expert climber, from guided to climbing on your own, you can search on challenges to try for yourself.

  1. Fishing

You can also search on saltwater fishing

  1. Hiking

There are thousands of trails you can try from flat lakeshore paths to steep climbs.

  1. Horseback Riding

If you feel a little more adventures, you can opt for the off-trail riding. But altogether, you can choose trails and check on the stables and guides.

  1. Hunting

Check on hunting licenses and duck stamps.

  1. Winter Sports

There’s nothing like cross-country and downhill skiing, snow-shoeing, dog sledding and more fun in the snow.

To check more outdoor activities and to give yourself an idea on more adventures to you can do, check out  FindYourPark.com.

Contact Recreational Areas

If you need more information on a particular recreational area, click on the State and Wildlife agency, State parks office, State tourism office and/or Federal recreation area.

Boating

There are various boating rules that are specific for every site. Licenses, fees, and seasonal restrictions are included among these differences. To know more information on the recreational area you want to visit, you can contact a state fish and wildlife agency, a federal recreation area.

Things to remember for Boating Safety

For visitors, you follow these tips to keep you safe. Whether you’re using a sailboat, a motorboat, a kayak, a jet ski, it is best to follow these simple reminders:

  1. Wear your life jacket.

In emergency situations (falling overboard, boat suddenly sinks), there may not be enough time to get to your life jacket. Everyone on board must have a life jacket.

  1. Prepare a float plan.

Make sure that someone, whether a family member or friend knows of your plan. Your float plan contains who, what, when, and where you’re going. This can help the authorities if you don’t return as planned.

  1. Make sure to check the weather before you go.

Storms and high winds cause a lot of danger, especially to bodies of water and it’s best to postpone your trip until there’s a better weather forecast.

  1. Don’t drink.

Drinking is not only dangerous when driving, it is dangerous when boating as well. This does not only apply to the driver but to passengers as well. Drinking may impair your ability to escape safely during emergency situations or may even cause you to fall overboard.

If you want to learn more on how to prevent accidents, and if you want to know more about recalls and laws, you can click at the US Coast Guard’s Boating Safety site here.

Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

During unexpected situations, search and rescue authorities find it easier to respond to a distress with the help of a registered digital signal (406 MHz) beacon. Although recreational boaters are not required to have it, it is best to have it for safety purposes.

You can click on the following links to know more:

Frequently Asked Questions: 406 MHz Emergency Beacons

U.S. 406 MHz Beacon Registration Database System

Frequently Asked Questions: Beacon Registration

Fishing

Fishing is an activity enjoyed by a lot of people; however, there are laws and regulations that we have to follow. These also vary on every particular area which may include permits (licenses), closed periods or seasons where specific species are restricted for fishing, restrictions on gear types and quotas.

If you want to know more information on the recreational area you are visiting you can contact your state fish and wildlife agency.

Fishing in Recreational Areas

You can click on the following to:

Saltwater Fishing

You can visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Resources for Fishermen and/or the National Saltwater Angler Registry for more information.

Hunting

America’s public lands cater on big game, small game and bird hunting depending on the site and season. There are also various hunting fees, licensing and seasonal restrictions that differ on ever site.

You can contact your state fish and wildlife agency to know more. If want to know about a particular recreational area, contact them directly through the State tourism office and the Federal recreation area.

Hunting on a Wildlife Refuge

The National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) has 350 units open for hunting. You can find appropriate hunting locations here or visit the Refuge website.

Hunting Licenses

Hunting licenses are given to individuals aged 16 and older while the younger ones under 16 may be given. junior hunting license. You can check your state fish and wildlife agency for requirements.

Hunting waterfowls may require a Federal Duck Stamp, in addition to state hunting licenses.