According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there is nearly 100,000 miles of coastline (saltwater and freshwater) in the United States. Having all these waterways and coastal regions in our backyard means more places for us Sea-Doo owners to ride, explore, fish, play outdoors or just lay back, relax and enjoy all of nature’s beauty.
There are so many incredible coastal areas, rivers and lakes to plan a Sea-Doo riding, and we would love to share them all, but for now we’ll start with top must-see destinations in four U.S. states: Florida, Arizona, Georgia and Michigan that offer experiences unlike any other.
Explore surreal structures in the Gulf of Mexico. The famed Dome House of Cape Romano was built in the 1980s by an eccentric millionaire and was completely self-sustaining and solar-powered. The home was constructed on beachfront land, but after several hurricanes the sea reclaimed the beach and the domed structures with it. The eerily, beautiful structures are a popular destination to visit, and can only be accessed by boat or PWC. Photo credit: Andy Morffew
Discover the charm of Old Florida. Considered one of Florida’s first tourist attractions, Silver Springs State Park is home to one of the world’s largest artesian springs. Outdoor lovers can ride through the Park’s waterways, which in the past also served as film settings for Tarzan the movie, and the 1960s television show, Sea Hunt. While cruising the crystal-clear waters, one can find the expected alligator, turtle and other native Floridian wildlife, but what is unexpected are the monkeys. In the 1930s, six monkeys were brought from Asia to the park as a tourist attraction. Over the years, the population has ballooned, and estimates are that about 200 monkeys now live in Silver Springs Park. The monkeys roam throughout the park and sightings are frequent. So, keep your camera ready, you may get a photo of these mischievous creatures.
Islamorada / Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Set course for a tropical adventure. As one of the largest reef systems in the upper Keys, Alligator Reef is home to more than 500 species of marine life – making it a great place to snorkel and dive. The reef is named for the Navy schooner “USS Alligator,” that was sunk (purposefully) there in 1825. The wreck, which can be dived, is located about 200 feet southwest of the Alligator Reef lighthouse and is submerged in shallow water (3 to 12 feet). Between exploring the underwater paradise, shipwreck and lighthouse, you’ll have lots of Instagram worthy photos to share with family and friends.
Indulge your inner explorer and discover a whole new world. Its unique combination of geological wonders has made Lake Powell a popular choice for movie settings with over 40 movies having been filmed there. The 185-mile lake straddles the border between Arizona and Utah, and boasts about 2,000 miles of shoreline, and over 95 major side canyons which offer outdoor enthusiasts multitude of options for activities including fishing, hiking, camping, and watersports. Exploring the lake and canyons by personal watercraft is the best way to take in all the natural beauty of the area according to the Business Insider.
Theodore Roosevelt Lake
Go Bass fishing in an angler’s nirvana. The perfect lake destination for the angler that loves fishing from their personal watercraft. The lake is PWC friendly and the fish are biting! The lake is known for its varied bass species, but anglers can hook Catfish, Carp and Sunfish, too. For those who want to enjoy a bit of exploring, Roosevelt lake is surrounded by stunning geological features like the Sierra Ancha Mountains, Mazatzal Mountains, and Superstition Mountains, and human-made structures like the Roosevelt Lake bridge. Photo credit: Nicholas Hartmann
Fill your day with on-water and underwater activities and touch a bit of fabled European history in the process. London Bridge, yes, that “London Bridge” now calls Lake Havasu City home and it’s a popular meeting place for PWC riders cruising the lake. The lake and its surrounding canyons and waterways offer personal watercraft riders myriad of activities to pursue – bass fishing, watersports, and staking out a place to go diving to explore wrecks like the expected – boats and shipwrecks, to the unexpected: planes and, automobiles.
Watch the dolphins play, then check out famous Cockspur Island lighthouse. Now part of Fort Pulaski National Monument, the *Cockspur Island lighthouse is the smallest lighthouse in Georgia. (*The park service requests that visitors view lighthouse from a distance to protect the fragile structure.)
Fish for bass and trout and/or enjoy a day of watersports on this Olympian lake. This man-made lake, named for poet Sidney Lanier, is famous for hosting the 1996 Summer Olympics rowing and sprint canoeing events. Anglers love this lake for its plentiful fish species including Striped bass, White bass, and Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout. For those who want to enjoy a day or weekend of watersports, Lake Lanier offers plenty of opportunities for tubing, wakeskating and wakeboarding. Photo credit: Chan H. Nguyen.
Lake Blue Ridge
Ditch city-life stress and head for the mountains. 90 miles north of Atlanta and sitting at the foot of the North Georgia Mountains, the town of Blue Ridge is a popular adventure escape offering fishing, hiking, picnicking, camping and watersports.
Manitou Islands and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park
Experience Caribbean turquoise waters and Norwegian night skies – in Michigan! During the day enjoy cruising, fishing and watersports* like wakeboarding on the clear, tropical- blue waters surrounding North and South Manitou Islands. In the evening enjoy camping** on Sleeping Bear Dunes, and catch the Northern Lights dance across the night sky.
(*All personal watercraft must stay at least 1 / 4 mile from shoreline. Refer to: https://www.nps.gov/slbe/ for park guidelines. ** Camping policy: https://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/the-manitou-islands.htm)
Rocks National Lakeshore (On Lake Superior)
Play in nature’s ultimate playground. Cascading waterfalls, miles and miles of nature trails, breathtaking sandstone cliffs, natural bridges, endless beaches, fantastic fishing spots and pristine aqua-green waters are some of the reasons thousands of visitors flock to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park. This very special park has much to offer to *PWC-riding nature lovers. (*There are some *rules to consider when operating your personal watercraft at the Lakeshore. For details, refer to National Parks guidelines.)
Live it up at on an award-winning lake. Named the second “Best U.S. Lake” in USA Today’s 2012 readers’ poll, Lake Charlevoix offers plenty of opportunities for fun water-based activities including wakeboarding, fishing, exploring, docking and lunching at waterfront eateries, and for those looking for underwater activities, there are several shipwrecks in Oyster Bay (nicknamed the “shipwreck graveyard”) to snorkel or dive.