Recreation in Rivers, Lakes & Oceans

Water may be one of the most important sources of life, but it is also a great source of fun—and learning—for visitors to many national parks. Some national parks, like Apostle Islands in Wisconsin and Dry Tortugas off the coast of Florida, possess unique features that can only be accessed by boat. From coast to coast, for those willing to get their feet wet, parks offer visitors great opportunities to explore the water. Watersports include canoeing and kayaking, swimming and diving, and more! Learn how you can participate in water activities in national parks.

Park ranger paddling a canoe on a muddy river

Water Vessel Safety

Learn how to prepare for boating trips in canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and more.

Map of the United States showing all units of the National Park System

Find a Park

Looking to visit a park? Discover the parks where you can learn more about boating and watersports.

Last updated: May 8, 2019