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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Family fishing holidays 

One of the great things about activity holidays is that different members of a party can usually indulge themselves in different activities. For example, good fishing rivers are generally associated with areas of outstanding natural beauty and provide non-anglers with plenty of opportunities for painting, photography, hiking, paddling, birdwatching and more.

In an excellent article by Jeff Knapp in Mid-Atlantic Game and Fish, he highlights the multi-activity outdoor pursuits available in that region of the USA and more particularly, the possibilities of successful family 'fishing' vacations where other family members may not be into fishing in quite the same way as dad.

His informative article refers to Gunpowder Falls State Park, Maryland, Allamuchy Mountain State Park, New Jersey, Fenwick Island State Park, Delaware, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New Jersey, Tuckahoe State Park, Maryland and Delaware Seashore State Park, Delaware.

Gunpowder Falls State Park, covers about 18,000 acres in Harford and Baltimore counties and is associated with quality trout fishing but an extensive network of trails covers over 100 miles with ample scope for mountain biking, road biking, horseback riding and tubing. Swimming is available and Knapp advises that canoe or kayak trips can be arranged, varying in length from about three miles to over 11 miles.

Allamuchy Mountain State Park has 35 miles of trails where hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are allowed and the Musconetcong River is regarded as one of the state's top trout streams.

Fenwick Island State Park, Delaware is known for surf-fishing in the Atlantic and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is home to one of the greatest free-flowing rivers in the East, the Delaware, which offers a wide variety of angling opportunity.

Tuckahoe Creek in Tuckahoe State Park provides fishing for species like panfish, largemouth bass and chain pickerel. The park also features the Adkins Arboretum.

Finally, Delaware Seashore State Park provides a great venue for swimming, surfing and fishing with a designated surfing area. Windsurfing and sailing have also become popular within the park's bays.

Get a lot more information, links and detail about the region from Jeff Knapp's article.

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