3 DNR Properties Named to Nationwide Top 100 Family-Friendly Fishing/Boating Locations

Social Circle, GA
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 10:45



The Flat Creek Public Fishing Area, Marben Farms Public Fishing Area (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center) and Red Top Mountain State Park have been recognized among the 2016 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing™, whose Top 100 list was released leading up to National Fishing and Boating Week. In total, locations in 29 states are represented in the Top 100.  

“To secure three of the top 100 fishing spots in the Nation is a great nod to our amazing resources in Georgia,” said John Biagi, chief of the Fisheries Management Section. “We encourage new and experienced anglers to periodically seek out new fishing spots and any of these three locations would be a great place to start!” 

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) Take Me Fishing™ campaign initiated the nationwide vote to provide families and outdoor enthusiasts with a recommended list of the best family-friendly places to experience the joys of boating and fishing as the weather warms up around the country. Criteria for the top places to fish and boat included having a public body of water within driving distances of a major city with good fishing opportunities, and family-friendly amenities. In years past, locations featured in the Top 100 list have received significant media exposure. Last year, the campaign as a whole earned more than 138 million impressions. 

“The best way to enjoy fishing and boating is to find a special place to fish with family and friends, so we’re thrilled that so many people shared their favorite place to engage in this national pastime,” said RBFF President and CEO, Frank Peterson. “If you and your family haven’t tried fishing, we hope you’re nearby one of the Top 100 spots to cast away. It’s a great way to enjoy, conserve and restore our nation's aquatic natural resources.” 

Find out more about Georgia’s named three spots:

The release of Take Me Fishing’s Top 100 list kicks off the celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), which takes place June 4-12, 2016. All are encouraged to visit their local parks and other fishing spots, perhaps even one of the Top 100, during NFBW. Here are some other ways to celebrate: 

  • Free Fishing Days 2016 – Most states will offer free fishing days for everyone to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. These days are the perfect opportunity for beginners to try fishing for the first time. June 4 and June 11 are both Free Fishing Days in Georgia.
  • #FirstCatch – Create and capture moments fishing with family and friends, then share them with others online using #FirstCatch. #FirstCatch is Take Me Fishing’s initiative to help anglers come together and revel in the joys of fishing and boating by sharing their first fishing and boating memories – first catch of the day, first fish of the season or even the first catch of a lifetime.
  • Conservation through Participation – Buying a fishing license and registering a boat helps fund efforts to conserve our natural waterways through projects such as fisheries research, habitat improvement, fish stocking, aquatic education and fishing and boating access facilities such as docks and boat ramps. 

For additional details on National Fishing and Boating Week, including Georgia’s Free Fishing Days, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/nfbw. 


About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)

RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns to create awareness around boating, fishing and conservation, and educate people about the benefits of participation. Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The campaign websites, TakeMeFishing.org, and TakeMeFishing.org/es/, feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.

For further information: Bruna Carincotte, 703-519-6917, bcarincotte@rbff.org