Fall Foliage By Boat

Fall's changing leaves are a great sight for boating leaf peepers.

September 28, 2015
The Northwoods of Wisconsin
The arrival of fall doesn’t have to mean the end of your boating season. Lakes and waterways across the nation provide prime leaf peeping opportunities as the leaves change colors for fall. Wisconsin’s Northwoods, just one of many great fall boating destinations, offers a unique perspective of the different fall colors from the water.
John Linn
Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula serves up a number of great leaf peeping locations for boaters. Like other locations, you can check the foliage forecast to see how much the leaves have changed.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Maine, and the New England area in general, is a hotspot for viewing fall colors by boat. Acadia National Park is a short trek from the waterfront at Bar Harbor, Maine and a favorite for those seeking color changing photo-ops.
Cy Cyr
The Finger Lakes
The Finger Lakes in Central New York offer fantastic fall foliage viewpoints. From paddleboats to kayaks, everyone can get out on the water to see the leaves change color during the fall.
Lake Champlain
Spanning Vermont, New York and Quebec, Canada, Lake Champlain offers great fishing, boating and scenic fall views. It’s also home to a lake monster named “Champ.”
Vermont State Parks
North Carolina
While the Blue Ridge Parkway offers drivers great panoramic views of the changing fall colors, lakes and rivers in North Carolina give boaters a similar perspective.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fall boating in Tennessee is full of choices. From Dale Hollow Lake to Norris Lake and Fontana Lake, there’s no shortage of foliage viewing possibilities for boaters.
Robert Glover
Lake of the Ozarks
A popular boating destination in all seasons, the Lake of the Ozarks provides boaters with over 1,100 miles of shoreline to view changing leaves in the fall.
Missouri State Parks
The Rocky Mountains
Lakes throughout the Rocky Mountains offer spectacular views of changing leaves in the fall with a fraction of the usual boat traffic.
Grafton Marshall Smith
Lake Coeur d’Alene
Idaho and points farther west are underrated when it comes to viewing the changing fall colors. Lake Coeur d’Alene provides some amazing scenery for fall boating and is an excellent addition to any Pacific Northwest visit.
Bureau of Land Management

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