Summer has sadly come to an end and as winter slowly encroaches on our wistful and elusive memories of boating, sun and swimming, it’s time to think about wrapping up the cottage. There are the obvious steps to take such as storing your outdoor furniture, canoes/kayaks and barbeque, taking in your dock, cleaning out your fridge, making sure all your windows are closed and locked and covering your wood pile. We’ve created a list of things below to ensure you don’t miss anything when it comes to wrapping up the cottage season.

Winterizing your Plumbing

Winterizing plumbing pipes in your cottage is something that can be time-consuming but will save your plumbing from freezing temperatures that can cause leaks and breaks. As water freezes and becomes ice, it expands producing pressure in the pipes. If you’re planning to be away from your cottage for an extended period of time, winterizing your plumbing is highly recommended.

First you will want to shut off the main water valve, turn off the water pump as well as the water heater. Next, you will want to open all drain valves and all taps, and using an air compressor, blow out any excess water that may still be in the pipes. Allow this water to drain out of the hot water and holding tank. As an additional measure, you can add antifreeze to the jet pump case. Flush toilets and remove water from the tanks and toilet bowls. Add antifreeze if there happens to be excess water to prevent the water from freezing and cracking the toilet.

Keep the Sump Pump going

Your sump pump should stay on as it will remove any accumulated water in the basement of your cottage. However, you will want to take precautionary measures such as having a battery backup or wireless alarm. Another option is having a generator backup for your sump pump in case there is ever a power outage. You will need to hire a licensed electrical contractor for this to hook the generator up to the electrical panel.

Roof Maintenance

Inspect your roof for damaged shingles and replace them if necessary. Clean out the gutters as they can cause water to back up under the shingles causing damage to the roof structure below. Trim overhanging branches that could potentially dump extra snow on the roof and wait until all leaves have fell (if possible) before cleaning the gutters.

Leaving the Cottage

Before leaving cottage, ensure all appliances are disconnected. Shut off all breakers at the electrical panel and review your checklist to make sure everything has been completed. Take photos of everything in case there is unrepairable weather damage and you must submit insurance claims. Complete a final inspection of the property, lock up your cottage and enjoy your ride home!


Winterizing your cottage can be a big job, we get it. However, by planning ahead and bringing a checklist you’re already well on your way. Another pro tip when wrapping up your cottage is to use the correct vehicle. Here at BOATsmart! our trusted vehicle of choice has and always will be Nissan. The trucks have amazing towing capabilities, safety features and a wide range of to choose from. They are the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure and trusted for all family trips! As a BOATsmart! cardholder, you receive dealer invoice pricing on Nissan vehicles plus any current dealer offers.

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October 17, 2018

#Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle - USA

There may be a slight chill in the air and pumpkin spice everything has probably taken over most of your life, but that doesn’t mean that summer is over! Our BOATsmart! crew know that feeling of not wanting summer to end; the long warm nights chilling by the fire after spending all day on the boat, soaking up the sun and making memories – we get it, it’s hard to say goodbye. That’s why we’ve come up with some delicious hearty summer recipes to stretch your summer.

Smoky vegetable Bruschetta with chilli

Here’s a recipe that will warm your bellies from the barbeque to your plates. It’s dairy-free and vegan, takes about 45 minutes to cook and is considered a super easy dish. Spark up that barbeque and char the eggplant and zucchini as well as the ciabatta to get that smoky taste that makes you think of the smell of the campfire while you sing some Van Morrison with the acoustic guitar.

Epic Summer Salad

There is no cooking required for this summer salad, which is probably what makes it so epic. It’s perfect for BBQ’s and buffets, with lamb, steak or chicken kababs! The dressing is super easy, made with fresh herbs that can be blended in a food processor the day-of or up to 24 hours before serving. This salad is so fresh and packed with flavor, you’ll forget fall is around the corner.

Swedish meatballs with beetroot & apple salad

This easy recipe takes only 40 minutes in total to prepare and cook, but no one would ever be able to guess! It’s packed with a medley of flavors and the lean pork meatballs are extra juicy and served with a delicious creamy, herby sauce that will leave your guests wanting more! This is a completely gluten-free meal and totally healthy that won’t leave you feeling hungry. It’s the perfect way to stretch your summer one tasty bite at a time.

Chicken Provençal with olives & artichokes

Although this sounds like it’s on the more difficult side, this is actually qualified as an easy recipe. With a prep time of 15 minutes and cook time of 1 hour and 40 minutes, this hearty chicken casserole will evoke summer in France with the simplistic herbs and vegetables that make it fresh to taste. Serve this stew-like meal right from the dish for a family dinner that will excite your taste buds and have you dreaming of summer nights in Provence.

Aubergine lasagne

This vegetarian dish has the same flavor palette as Greek moussaka with pasta rather than potatoes. There are some intense flavours in this dish and is qualified as a medium-level of difficulty to make. It cooks in 1 hour and 35 minutes and will comfortably serve six people. Serve this warm dish golden and bubbly with a hint of fresh thyme and chilli on the top for a mouth-watering experience.

So, there you have it – some delicious recipes that will help you stretch your summer by keeping the barbeque grillin’ and fresh vegetables as your main ingredient. We know all-to-well what it feels like to have boating season coming to a close, but hopefully with these recipes they can help you keep the dinner parties and laughs rolling for a few more weeks.

Posted By
September 11, 2018

#Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle - USA

We have the scoop on the latest and greatest boating accessories from MISSION boat gear! As a team of boating enthusiasts who love being on the water themselves, they understand it’s all about having fun with family and friends out on the water. They want to heighten these experiences with their products to generate smiles and create memories for years to come.

DELTA Wake Shaper

This piece of equipment was created in 2016 and totally changed the game of wake surfing. This new innovation creates a beautiful wave, that distributes the flow of water, opposite of the surfer, allowing you to surf behind your v-drive or direct-drive inboard boat. It’s a removable surf solution that attaches to the side of your boat cleanly with suction. You can thank the people who dedicated over a thousand hours to investing in the prototype that would make the most perfect wake. Every single aspect of DELTA was designed with the wakesurfer in mind and promises to deliver the best-in-class wave performance. The reason for this is due to the geometry of the device; the contoured front panel with engineered side vents generates the perfect amount of turbulence to give you the best wave performance for your boat. If the panels were larger and flat, it would put more stress on the boat and would increase steering problems, fuel consumption and splashing. The reversible orientation design is optimal for direct-drives or complex hulls that require DELTA to be attached higher while the normal orientation is typically used for decently weighted v-drives.

REEF Inflatable Mats

This mat will provide you, your friends and family with endless amounts of fun this summer! Enjoy limitless options as you sit on top of the water on this stable and rigid mat. It’s made with extra durable material that’s used in naval applications with premium drop-stitch construction and double reinforced seams. It’s 4-inches thick, giving the mat maximum stability to perform your favourite acrobatics, golf, cannonballing and much more. It comes in three different sizes for your preference and stows in a small bag. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to walk on water, now’s your opportunity!

TUKO Towels

These are the absolute best towels to take with you to the cottage or on a camping trip. The microfibres absorb way more water than cotton towels, they stow small and have an integrated strap which serves as a way to hang the towel to dry. They also come with a water-resistant carrying case to ensure that after a day of wakesurfing, you won’t need to air dry.

SENTRY fenders

These are an innovative boat bumper solution that quickly attaches to boat cleats and docks. What’s different about these fenders is the protection they offer both above and below the rub rail. These fenders have been adapted to meet the needs of boaters today. They are easy to use on smaller boats, boats that don’t have flat sides, handrails and/or high-waisted rub rails. They have a hanging point that’s lower than traditional fenders which aligns with the contour of your boat and keeps it from getting caught on top of the dock. They keep your boat safe with an innovative hanging system (a strap, rather than a rope) and an easy, adjustable locking mechanism that allows you to place it on a boat or dock offering optimal protection.

Board SOX

You can keep your board looking snug as a bug in a rug with these low profile, stylish board SOX. You can choose from the point or snub nose styles. The snub nose fits wakesurf and wakeboards up to 57”, the large point nose fits boards up to 64” and small point nose fits boards up to 55”. These SOX are light-weight, quick-drying and perfect for storing your boards on the boat or at home.

MISSION boat gear is a leading company in the boating accessory industry. They continue to innovate and bring new, exciting products to the water for us to enjoy and create life-long memories. Use one of these accessories next time you’re out on the boat, and you won’t be disappointed! Happy boating!

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August 8, 2018

#Categories: Lifestyle, Water Sports

Georgia is home to some pretty epic bodies of water. With the Blue Ridge Mountains as the scenic backdrop for many of the lakes, it’s obvious why Georgia has many popular areas for boating. We’ve made a list of some of the best lakes in Georgia that you’re not going to want to miss next time you’re visiting or if you live here and simply want to visit your beautiful state.

Lake Lanier

Known as Georgia’s “Great Lake,” Lanier has something for everyone; sections for fast boats, watersports, quiet spots for fishing, and local spots with parks, theaters and museums. With so much variety, it’s no wonder this is one of the South’s greatest boating destinations. It’s located in North Georgia, just 60 miles from the state capitol of Atlanta with nearly 700 miles of shoreline spread over 38,000 acres and has several million visitors annually. Staying overnight? There are over 45 parks and 10 campgrounds that line the shores of Lake Lanier including a state park, Don Carter State Park.

Lake Sinclair

This lake is located just outside Milledgeville which offers a quiet place to boat, fish and relax. This is a Georgia Power reservoir located near Lake Oconee, has more than 15,330 acres od water and 400 miles of scenic shoreline. The Georgia Power lake website is a resource that you can utilize for recommendations of lake access and amenities. Rocky Creek Park is a great place to launch your boat for a relaxing day on the water fishing and boating. It’s located on the southeast side of the lake in Baldwin County near Sinclair Dam. It provides many amenities such as restrooms, picnic tables, grills, fishing pier, swimming beach and playground.

Lake Oconee

Located in central Georgia, this is a destination lake for both casual and luxury outdoor fun. It runs through Georgia’s Morgan, Greene and Putnam counties and is separated from its sister lake, Sinclair by the Wallace Dam. There is 19,971 acres of water to explore on this lake with 374 miles of shoreline.

Lake Chatuge

Also known as Chatuge Lake and Chatuga Reservoir, this lake is located in Hiawassee and covers 7,050 acres along the northern Georgia and western North Carolina boarders. This lake has it all, from camping in it’s beautiful forests, fishing, trying out some water activities to boating, there is no shortage of fun to be had on these waters. There are plenty of public ramps for boat access while Boundary Waters Resort and Marina offers boat rentals and sales, cabin rentals and a full marina.

Lake Blue Ridge

This is a reservoir in Fannin County in northern Georgia. It encompasses 3,300 acres of crystal blue waters with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. The Chattahoochee National Forest encompasses a majority of the shorelines with the remaining being held by private land. There are several accessible public boat ramps and numerous National Forest campsites if you feel like staying the night. This is the perfect lake to go boating, jet skiing, kayaking, swimming and fishing. It’s in habited by plenty of walleye, small mouth bass, white-pass, bluegill, yellow perch, channel catfish and flathead catfish. Throw in a line and test your luck! This is a lake you’re not going to want to miss next time you’re visiting Georgia!

Lake Allatoona

One of the most popular lakes in all of the United States due to the size of the lake that you can enjoy.  It was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1940’s and they still maintain it today. The water flows from the Blue Ridge Mountains and covers more than 12,000 acres with 270 miles of shoreline making it a boater’s dream! With plenty of marinas along the shore of the lake that offer boat services, sales, rentals as well as restaurants if you feel like stretching your legs for lunch.

These popular lakes in Georgia are the perfect spot to launch your boat and take your family on a scenic outing on the water. With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as your view, you’ll be floating on wave nine as you make memories and share laughs in this unforgettable state.

Posted By
July 23, 2018

#Categories: FAQ Georgia, Lifestyle - USA

This month marks BOATsmart!’s 15-year anniversary and we could not be more excited to celebrate this milestone with some company history of where it all began and share the news of where it’s going. We took this opportunity to interview Cameron Taylor, the founder and CEO of OUTDOORsmart!, the parent company of BOATsmart!, HUNTINGsmart!, SLEDsmart!, ATVsmart! And PADDLERsmart!, for a little trip down memory lane and to give our customers a more authentic look into the mind of our fearless leader.

From the time Cameron Taylor was 12, he already had a taste of what entrepreneurship looked like when he began to cut lawns. He has always had a passion for innovation which is the driving force behind many of the accomplishments he has had throughout the years. “I’ve always thrived on challenging and succeeding without a safety net, knowing it was up to me to succeed, and learning how to take advantage of opportunity. Inspiring others to share in your vision is ultimately rewarding.” – Cameron Taylor, OUTDOORsmart!. From this drive and innovative thinking came the idea of BOATsmart! which evolved and grew into the company it is today.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to do as a business leader?

“Learning to say no. When you’re growing your business, you naturally want to take advantage of every opportunity you can in order to drive growth, sales and valuation. But laser focus delivers more to the bottom line than trying to capture every dollar. If you can’t define the consumer problem and your offering in two sentences, you’ve got a problem. It’s taken me a while to learn this, but saying no is more powerful than saying yes.”

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started your business?

“Not everyone on your team is wired the same. As an entrepreneur in a lean start-up, you’re doing everything. Embrace and savour that. However, once your business and your team starts to grow, you’ll need to recognize that not everyone you bring onboard will be built like you. That’s a good thing. You don’t need more of you; you need more of not you. Truly tap into what drives different people on your team, learn from them and build intrapreneurs that know how to make awesome decisions without needing to have their hands held.”

Some key dates that we are really proud of:

June 1, 2011: BOATsmart! recognized as Canada’s 32nd  Fastest Growing Company – Profit Magazine’s PROFIT 200

September 2011: BOATsmart! Peterborough Employer of The Year – Final Nominee

June 2012: BOATsmart! recognized as Canada’s 69th Fastest Growing Company – Profit Magazine’s PROFIT 200

June 1, 2013: OUTDOORsmart! recognized as Canada’s 113th Fastest Growing Company – Profit Magazine’s PROFIT 500

June 1, 2014: OUTDOORsmart! recognized as Canada’s 274th Fastest Gorwing Company – Profit Magazine’s PROFIT 500

October 22, 2014: OUTDOORsmart! wins Peterborough Employer Of The Year

Where we’re going from here

We have an exciting new chapter ahead as we embark on a new adventure with our company and brand. We’ve re-branded with the name Campfire Collective. Campfire is a collective of Brands, Educators, Publishers, Ambassadors and Public Agencies with a mission to inspire and empower outdoor pursuits. We do this by providing online outdoor education courses and through content that informs our Collective of users about spending time in the wild.

At Campfire, we have an affinity for the outdoors and believe that people are better people when they have more ‘wild in their lives’. We want to be a brand that truly connects with people and help them ‘go boldly to their wild’ while having the best experience possible. We are also very passionate about conservation and sustainability efforts and believe there needs to be more of an effort to shed light on these important issues.

As an innovative, agile company that puts people first, we are constantly looking for ways to improve ourselves; continuous improvement is at the centre of everything we do. We are passionate about what we do, and when you do the things that you love, amazing things happen; that’s what sparked Campfire Collective. So, here’s to BOATsmart!’s 15 years as North America’s leading boat licensing and PCOC company and the many years ahead of ingenuity, growth and inspiration as we set sail for our new venture!

Posted By
July 20, 2018

#Categories: Lifestyle, Lifestyle - USA

From the beaches to the mountains, Virginia offers a perfect family destination for your summer vacation. Planning on bringing your boat along to enjoy the Virginia waters? Start planning your summer vacation here!

Want to find the best Marinas in Virginia that will suit all your boating needs? Choose one of the following 10 marinas to dock your boat and ensure you have the best boating experience this summer!

Crown Pointe Marina

Rated 4.7/5 stars, this quiet, family-oriented marina located at the mouth of the York River in Hayes,Virginia, offers quick access to the Chesapeake Bay. This full-service marina contains over 200 slips as well as protected dockage for both power and sail boats. Additionally, the two swimming pools make this marina a year-round favourite with locals and visitors alike! There is also plenty to do near the marina, such as gunkholing and fishing opportunities. Don’t forget to check out the nearby wineries and theme parks.

Ocean Yacht Marina

Also receiving 4.7/5 stars, this Marina located in Portsmouth is a short 15 minute drive from Norfolk/Virginia Beach International Airport. This new complex features a modern Marina including all the amenities, an indoor dry storage building, a complete parts department, and for boats of all sizes, a fantastic repair facility.

Stingray Point Marina

Don’t be fooled by the daunting name, this marina is a fantastic spot rated 4.7/5 stars by customers. The marina is located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, at the mouth of the Rappahannock River on Broad Creek. They are committed to providing a quiet, secure and scenic facility for boaters a pool placed in a park-like setting is included in the amenities and the social events throughout the season are what create a fun community atmosphere that the entire family is sure to enjoy. You won’t want to miss the Stingray Point Lighthouse Replica; an exact replica of the original 1858 lighthouse that stood watch at Stingray Point.

Tidewater Yacht Marina

Awarded Best of the Bay in 2016, Tidewater Yacht Marina has been recognized as being one of the Best Resort Marinas and Best Fuel Docks in the Southern Bay! Located in the heart of Portsmouth’s Olde Town District, among these 18th and 19th century buildings, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a riverfront park and an abundance of places to see and tour. You’ll be within walking distance of the many museums such as the Naval Shipyard Museum, the Lighthouse Museum, the Children’s Museum of Virginia as well as the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the Old Harbor Market. Tidewater Yacht Marina is also widely praised for their fabulous  Fish & Slips Marina Raw Bar and Grille restaurant that offers a variety of delicious comfort food.

Cobb’s Marina

This safe haven located in Norfolk, minutes from the Chesapeake Bay is an exceptional marina for boaters looking for an environmentally friendly operation. It is best known for its friendly atmosphere, honest and reliable customer service, exceptional boat maintenance, top quality boat repair and affordable rates!

 Scott’s Creek Marina

Known as the ‘no frills’ marina, located in Portsmouth, you’ll be sure to have a great experience with clean facilities while keeping costs down. Customer’s describe it as a “great place to find when you’re in need” with “very knowledgeable staff”.

 Fishing Bay Marina

Located in Deltaville on the beautiful deep waters of Fishing Bay at the mouth of the Piankatank River. Their deep water basin (16-18 feet) make this marina a favourite for boats heading up and down the Bay. Not far from Deltaville’s centre, you can shop for supplies, enjoy fine and casual dining and even sit back and watch a semi-pro baseball game!

The Boathouse Marina

This popular boater-owned, boater-friendly marina received a stellar rating with 4.5/5 stars based on 30 reviews. Located in Colonial Beach, this place is equipped with a Tesla charging station, free wifi and has free laundry services available!

Slaughter Creek Marina

This highly rated marina is located in Maryland, only a few miles from the Chesapeake Bay. Offering not only boat rentals, but bike rentals as well if you and your family want to tour this city on two wheels after a day out on the water. If you are interested in crabbing, fishing and adventuring, this is the place for you!

Dare Marina

This full-service marina offers excellent service with inside, outside and on-the-water storage. The on-site ship store provides a variety of equipment and parts with an extremely knowledgable staff. It’s located on Chisman Creek which offers a protected deep water harbor close to Chesapeake Bay which people can find access to some of the best fishing on the East Coast.


Get boating in Virginia this summer and check out these awesome marinas to dock your boat!

Posted By
June 26, 2018

#Categories: FAQ Virginia, Lifestyle - USA

Boating in Virginia promises a day of fun and excitement as you anticipate the adventure that’s to come. The open water is a perfect place to reconnect with nature and your surroundings while making memories with family and friends. Virginia is home to some of the most beautiful boating spots around, with numerous public launch spots, marinas and scenic backdrops, this state should be at the top of your boating destination list.


Smith Mountain Lake

This lake lies in a broad valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southcentral Virginia less than 40 miles outside Roanoke. This is a manmade body of water created after a dam was built in 1963. There are plenty of public boat launches to choose from which provide you access. This lake is a draw for anglers as it has abundant bass in its waters which in turn bring large fishing tournaments to the region. The Bridgewater Marina is a perfect place to dock your boat, stretch your legs and take a look around. There is a full-service gas dock, marina store with basic groceries, ski and wakeboard Proshop, boating and skiing apparel as well as covered boat storage. Check out The Landing Restaurant for exceptional cuisine and beautiful lake views in Bernards Landing Resort, minutes from Westlake.


Lake Gaston

Ranging 35 miles in length, with 350 miles of shoreline, with large amounts of open waterways, this is an ideal lake for all water sports. Boaters can access the lake by way of Holly Grove Marina which also offers a convenience store, gas docks, a deli that serves breakfast and sandwiches, a fully-stocked tackle shop and boat launch. The easiest way to access the lake is from the main lake or HWY 903. This lake is on the boarder of Virginia and North Carolina counties of Halifax, Northhampton and Warren.


Kerr Lake/Buggs Island Lake

This is the largest reservoir in the state, with more than 50,000 acres of water and 800 miles of shoreline, found just west of Lake Gaston near Buffalo Springs. Known as Bugg Island Lake to the locals, it attracts many recreational boaters, and avid water sport enthusiasts as it has ample wide-open space. There are plenty of quiet coves to drop an anchor, relax and enjoy the scenery. This lake was ranked as number one for Crappie fishing in the United States by Fisherman Magazine and as such, hosts many state and national fishing tournaments. There are public access points to the lake from Occoneechee State Park and Staunton River State Park offering biking and hiking trails if you need to stretch your legs. Check out the Clarksville Bridge at night which becomes illuminated by glowing lights that reflect off the water’s surface.


Lake Anna

This is Virginia’s third largest lake which spans 13,000 acres with over 200 miles of shoreline. This is known as one of the best lakes for largemouth bass on the East Coast making it a popular spot for year-round fishing. Lake Anna is one of the most popular freshwater destinations for water sports and boat enthusiasts with plenty of boat launches and marinas as well as the pristine Lake Anna State Park beach. This is a fun day trip to spend out on the boat, but if you’re thinking more along the lines of extending your trip, there are plenty of on-land activities that the surrounding area offers.


Philpott Lake

This lake offers almost 3,000 acres of open water, nine boat launches, eight campgrounds and six beaches, which makes it an ideal spot for a boating get-away. This lake generates hydroelectric power to the area and was created by the damming of the Smith River. The lake is situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with an elevation of 300 metres. Philpott is known for its Large and Small Mouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegill and Crappie population. Making it an ideal fishing spot with a scenic backdrop of the mountains.


You can’t go wrong with these top boating destinations in Virginia. There is plenty of open water to explore and sights to see including mountains, beaches and wildlife making Virginia a popular boating destination and one of the best in the east coast. Something to be aware of is that with the boating popularity comes high traffic volumes and crowded waterways making watercraft accidents more common. It’s always important to be well versed in the rules of boating; even if you already took your test, it doesn’t hurt to brush-up on the rules of the water. You can do this by visiting the Knowledge Base at BOATsmart! to keep you boating with confidence.

Posted By
June 25, 2018

#Categories: FAQ Virginia, Lifestyle - USA

Travel like an insider with these tips on how to make your boating trip in New York EPIC!

First, the best time to visit New York is between April and June. April, May and June offer wonderful summer-like weather without excessive heat! The temperature ranges from 14-25 degrees Celsius in those early months. Later on in the year from September to early November allows for breezy autumn weather. The changing colours in the trees, the beautiful waters and sunny days make for the best weekend trip. Second, find some places you’d like to see! Here’s a list of the trendiest, most beautiful, and most instagram-worthy spots. Check out the list below for some of our favourites.

Chautauqua Lake

This beautiful lake hosts many marinas, parks and great spots for fishing. It also has several restaurants and cottage rental opportunities. Chautauqua Lake is nestled between Buffalo, Cleveland and Pittsburgh borders. It’s great for water sports and recreational activities, such as catch-and-release fishing (which is recommended by conservationists). This is the perfect lake for all-around family fun!

Lake George

Lake George is our favourite spot for boating and water sports. Lake George Marinas offer boat rentals with free training courses for inexperienced boaters, and also allows you to launch your own boat at multiple locations. Lake George spans 28,000 acres, and is perfect for tubing and other water sports. The lake is a refreshing 70 degrees fahrenheit in June – perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. Million Dollar Beach is a beautiful family-friendly spot to relax and picnic under the sun.

Lake Champlain

Named after the explorer Samuel de Champlain, its depths reach 400 feet and features over 80 species for cold and warm-water fish. Lake Champlain stretches 120 miles along New York on the coast of Adirondacks Mountains. Even more exciting is the mystery long-necked creature swimming in its waters, also known as Champ to the locals.

Skaneateles Lake

About a 30 minute drive from Syracuse lies a pristine, glimmering lake. Skaneateles Lake offers boat launches for your own vessel, or you can rent kayaks and canoes to use for the day. Don’t miss out on the sixth largest of the Finger Lakes in the region. It’s calm waters allow for beautiful beaches and park access at Thayer Park, Clift Park and Shotwell Park. Boating and fishing are just a few pastimes well used by locals and visitors throughout the year.

Liberty Landing Marina

Lady Liberty allows you to dock and eat under her beautiful statue in the Marina. The Marina offers two renowned restaurants and gorgeous sunset views across the water. The Ellis Island Ferry tour offers great views from several angles of Lady Liberty and the New York skyline. Truly stunning!

The best way to enjoy New York is either by heel-toe express or by water. Boating is a perfect way to experience the charm of a hustling city from a more relaxed point of view, while learning about the city’s heritage and history. There are also tons of other water activities to try out in New York! Many different parts of New York offer great paddling and rowing experiences at little or no cost. Learn basic canoeing with the Urban Park Rangers in the Bronx, go out with the Village Community Boathouse along the Hudson starting in Manhattan, have a row and dinner with the North Brooklyn Boat Club, or head out to the Long Island City Boathouse and learn some canoeing and kayaking skills. There are several ways to enjoy the beauty of New York at sea level, hopefully these tips for an awesome boating weekend in New York will help you get out there and explore them!

Posted By
June 25, 2018

#Categories: FAQ New York, Lifestyle - USA