Camping looks like heaven if there’s a beautiful waterfront view. If the idea of fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking makes you happy, then we’re presenting you the top 10 waterside camping places in the USA, covering the lakes, rivers, oceans, glaciers and much more, so that you can cook up a wholesome plan of your next adventure.
1. Haena Beach Park, Hawaii:
The Haena Beach Park is a state park located at the north of Hawaiian island Kaua’i. If you want to go there and put your tent there you’ll just have to spend $3 per night. So, the place is really cheap and anybody can afford to enjoy the serene beauty of Haena beach. The place is just an hour drive away from Lihue. The Park has two different beaches, Kēʻē Beach (Makua Beach) and Haena beach. The park offers forest access and swimming in the safer water.
2. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska:
Waking up to a glacier is not what you could think of while planning a waterside camp. The camping at Kenai Fjords National Park would surely be memorable for you because you would surely enjoy the shadow of the wilderness in the massive iced water body of the Exit Glacier. You can even walk through the terminus over the glacier. You can also go kayak in Fjords.
3. Gold Bluffs Beach Campground, California:
The Gold Bluff Beach campground is the only drive up beach campground within the four park network. It is surrounded by coastal redwoods, western hemlock and Douglas fir. You can hike at the redwood state park or you can enjoy the divine beauty of the 10 miles long shoreline of the gold bluff campground.
4. Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, Oregon:
The Honeyman State Park lies 5 km south of Florence along Highway 101. This park is named as “camp for all seasons” with pink rhododendrons blooming in the spring, ripe blackberries and huckleberries in the fall, and designated campsite at winter. You can go swimming canoeing, fishing and scuba diving in the Cleawox Lake.
5. Salmon River Campground, Idaho:
The Salmon River campground in the picturesque campsite located on Salmon River, just five mile away from the Rocky Mountain Town of Stanley. You can stay at any of the 30 campsites here. The campsites are distributed as first come first serve basis. You can go biking, rafting and fishing in the Salmon River and you can hike the Sawtooth Mountain trails.
6. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Utah:
This National Recreation area is located in Wyoming and Utah with the centerpiece of the campground is the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. You can go fishing, boating and rafting on the reservoir and the Green River Downstream from the dam. This place is also known as hikers’ heaven as you would love exploring the trails.
7. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan:
The Pictured Rock Lakeshore lies on the sides of Lake Superior. The lake is rich in fish, so you can go fishing, canoeing, with many luxury boats cruising here. The backpackers and hikers enjoy the 42 miles of trails enjoying the serene beauty. The water of the Lake Superior is chilly throughout the year. The twelve-mile beach campground is suitable for camping for the whole year.
8. Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Kentucky:
The Cumberland River was named after Price William, Duke of Cumberland way back in 1750. The lake is the Dam of the Cumberland River. This place is the ultimate destination for those campers who loves fishing. You can also go for a Horseback trail ride to explore the local flora and fauna.
9. Pocomoke River State Park, Maryland:
The state park is located on both banks of the Pocomoke River. There are two campgrounds on both the sides of the river, named Shad landing and Milburn Landing. The main recreation here is to paddle between both the campgrounds. The state park has hiking trails of 15000 acres of forest, so it’s a hiker’s paradise. You can also go fishing, flat water canoeing on the water and bike through the trail.
10. Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina:
This place is only accessible by boat as three different underdeveloped islands named North and South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks. The wide beaches make it a perfect camping spot to go swimming, catching both the fishes, crabs and clams. To camp here you must bring everything you need including the fresh drinking water and firewood.
Except all these campsites we would like to grab attention with some more beach campsites in US as its popular, extremely affordable and family-friendly. Few of these are like:
• Anastasia State Park, Florida
• Kalaloch Campground, Olympic National Park, Washington
• Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hawaii
• Cape Perpetua Campground, Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon
• Ocracoke Campground, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
• Malaquite Campground, Padre Island National Seashore, Texas