Three New Mexico Fishing Hot Spots for RV Travelers

Planning your RV camping and fishing road trip and planning to pass through New Mexico? Slow down your roll and make sure you experience the fishing possibilities in the Land of Enchantment. With fly fishing season beginning in June and plenty of other fishing action available, it’s time to add New Mexico to your camping and fishing itinerary.

New Mexico State Flag

New Mexico State Flag

There’s not room here to list all the ways anglers find their bliss in New Mexico, so we’ve narrowed down your choices to three that are of special interest to RV travelers. We’re looking forward to hearing what you catch!

New Mexico RV Camping & Fishing Hot Spot #1: Gila River, Gila National Forest

With RV campsites available throughout this national forest in southwest New Mexico, and a nice population of brown trout, rainbow trout, channel cat and bass in the Gila River and its streams, this spot should be on your fishing calendar every year.

If you’ve never camped at Gila National Forest, be sure to check the camping amenities on their website. You’ll find a range from ‘dry camping’ sites deep within the forest to campgrounds with modern amenities near marinas, towns and trails.

New Mexico RV Camping & Fishing Hot Spot #2: Cochiti Lake

Cochiti Lake, east of Santa Fe in northern New Mexico and within the Pueblo de Cochiti Reservation, is the place to go to catch smallmouth, largemouth and white bass. Bring your crankbaits and spinners and plan to stay awhile.

The Cochiti Recreation Area offers two campgrounds for RV camping. The high desert setting and surrounding mountains make for memorable vacation photos, when you aren’t commemorating the day’s big catch!

New Mexico RV Camping & Fishing Hot Spot #3: Cimarron Canyon State Park

Imagine a rugged mountain canyon with a lively river flowing right down the middle and that gives you a picture of the Cimarron River in Cimarron Canyon State Park. About three and a half hours northeast of Albuquerque, this river is a favorite with fly fishing RV campers.

At nearly eight thousand feet elevation, the river is cool and shallow and promises plenty of brown trout action. You’ll also find several shady campgrounds near the water and easy access to the river and campgrounds via US-64. If you’re going to stay awhile camping and fishing in New Mexico, drive back west on the highway fifteen minutes to Eagle Nest Lake, another popular fly fishing destination.

New Mexico has gained plenty of fame among anglers for its lakes, rivers and streams. Whether you enjoy a quiet afternoon of fly fishing or chasing a big bass across the water, you’ll find this state has a place for it. Among RV travelers, the Land of Enchantment has also proven to be hospitable, with campgrounds that suit every style of RV camping, from national forest campsites to comfortable, modern resorts.

Don’t forget—if you’re traveling from either Denver or Phoenix to reach New Mexico fishing hot spots, it’s only about a six hour drive to reach Albuquerque. From there, how long you choose to camp and fish in New Mexico is up to you!

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Experience Michigan Fall Colors in an RV Part 2

When you are finished with your RV excursion through the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, it’s time to head north to the Upper Peninsula where the colors will soon reach their peak. The reds and oranges will be peaking in the middle of the month, so plan your trip as early as possible.

Fall Foliage in Michigan

Fall Foliage in Michigan

Your last stop was the Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve and spending time here was a lot of fun, but it is time to move now before you miss the best fall colors that Michigan has to offer. Drive east to the middle of the state where you can catch Interstate 75 north to the Upper Peninsula.

St. Ignace, Michigan signals your entrance to the Upper Peninsula and the opportunity to enjoy marvelous fall colors. While here, make a trip to Castle Rock where you can climb up 200 feet for some incredible views. You also should visit the Straits State Park. This isn’t a huge park by any means, but you can hike, have a picnic, and if the weather isn’t too chilly, take a swim. Views of the Mackinac Bridge with the boats moving along the Straits are quite inspiring. You’ll find RV camping here too!

To continue on your journey, you will take Highway 123 through Sault Ste. Marie State Forest Area. This is where you will get to observe the changing colors as fall weaves its way across our continent. During the winter months there are ski trails throughout the region, but in summer and autumn you can ride off-road vehicles here to your heart’s content.

Moving on and stopping every so often to do a mini-photo shoot to capture the beauty of this land, you will come to the little town of Trout Lake. Use the lake for some of the best water activities you can imagine. Canoeing is fun but waterskiing is even better! Fish for… you guessed it – trout!

You will find RV camping here at Trout Lake offers many amenities that will make your stay a total pleasure. Sixty sites have electric hookups and there is a dump station too.

When ready to carry on with your RV adventure, keep following Highway 123, with Tahquamenon Bay to the east and you will eventually come to Tahquamenon Falls State Park. This is another perfect location to enjoy some recreation. There are a number of hiking trails anywhere from one mile long to over seven miles in length. RV camping is available as well. Paddle the Tahquamenon River with lovely views of its waterfalls. One of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi river is right here in the park – the Upper Falls. It falls almost fifty feet and is more than 200 feet across.

You can turn around now if you can bring yourself to go home. The combination of outdoor fun and fall foliage certainly has made this an awesome trip and it is hard to let it end. Come back again. It will be here next year too!

Picture credits: The picture of Fall Foliage in Michigan is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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RV Camping and Fishing on Alabama’s Tennessee River Basin

Four lakes, a mighty river and its dozens of tributaries come together in Alabama’s Tennessee River Basin to create prime RV camping and fishing territory. With so many places to enjoy RV camping in these highly-prized fishing grounds, you’ll need to come back several times to get a taste of each. Here’s a suggested itinerary for your first trip fishing the Tennessee River Basin in Alabama.

  • Day One – Pickwick Lake – Waterloo, AL
    This popular smallmouth bass fishing lake just three hours north of Birmingham, AL is a great place to start your trip. Camp at a private lakeside campground such as Hart’s RV Park for easy access to the water. Plan to spend at least part of your day fishing below the dam for smallmouth bass, but don’t miss exploring spots like Cypress Creek for a chance to land trophy-sized catfish. One more tip: get an Alabama fishing license if you hope to fish the Mississippi and Tennessee portions of the lake, too.
  • Day Two – Wilson Lake – Muscle Shoals, AL
    It may be the smallest of the Tennessee River Basin lakes, but Wilson Lake near Muscle Shoals, AL boast some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the US. Camp at the TVA Wilson Dam-Lower Rockpile Campground and plan to spend at least one day chasing the big ones out on the open water and in quiet coves from Wheeler Dam all the way to Wilson Dam.
  • Day Three – Wheeler Lake – Rogersville, AL
    Since you’re in the neighborhood, why not move up the Tennessee River to Joe Wheeler State Park on Wheeler Lake? Improved campgrounds in nicely-wooded environs set the stage for another day of outdoor adventure. Wheeler Lake winds its way sixty miles from Wheeler Dam to Guntersville Dam, and serves up record breaking catches of largemouth bass, blue catfish and crappie, as well as the fish this region is known for – the smallmouth bass.
  • Day Four – Lake Guntersville – Guntersville, AL
    One more lake within the Tennessee River Basin avid anglers should investigate is Lake Guntersville. Hug the shoreline and fish for largemouth bass where eleven different creeks feed into the lake. The Tennessee River’s seventy-plus mile channel through this lake, from Nickajack Dam across the border in Tennessee to Guntersville Dam, provides a seemingly endless supply of fishing excitement. Set up camp in Lake Guntersville State Park’s well-designed campground right off the water for the ultimate Alabama RV camping experience.

Fish all four lakes, or choose just one and spend some time getting to know its waters. Take advantage of Alabama’s southern campground hospitality. You’ll find it whether you camp at one of Northern Alabama’s state parks or at one of the campgrounds that caters to lake visitors. The Tennessee River Basin in Alabama is ready and waiting to show RV camping fishermen a great time.

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RV Camping and Fishing at Illinois’ Clinton Lake

When you’re planning this year’s fishing and RV camping expeditions, consider the exciting lake fishing available at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area in Illinois. This Central Illinois lake is prized by anglers for its catfish, crappie and striped bass fishing. With scenic campgrounds and hiking trails throughout the state park, there’s really no reason not to bring the whole family for an RV camping and fishing expedition to Clinton Lake.

RV Camping Tips for Clinton Lake SP
As we mentioned, the scenery is fine at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area’s campgrounds. There are almost three hundred RV campsites at the lake, all with at least electric hookups and nearby showers. With more than nine thousand acres of splendidly colorful lake, woods and prairie as a backdrop, you’ll find camping in a motorhome at Clinton Lake an enjoyable time, indeed.

All campsites at the lake are reserved through the ReserveAmerica system. It’s a good idea to book yours early, because reservations open in July for the following summer at this popular fishing spot!

Traveling to Clinton Lake State Recreation Area
Now that you’ve booked your Clinton Lake RV campsite, it’s time to start planning your route. The state recreation area lies just east of the town of Clinton, IL, and is easy to find from any direction. It is straight north of Decatur, IL, straight south from Bloomington, IL and lies midway between Lincoln and Champaign, going east to west. Chicago is also only three hours north, and you’ll notice on Google maps that several major Interstates (I-55, I-72 and I-74) will bring you within a short distance of the lake.

Fishing at Clinton Lake SP
When fishing fans arrive at Clinton Lake, they’ll notice some features that promise a great time fishing. First, Clinton Lake Marina is open Memorial Day to Labor Day to provide pontoon boat rentals, fuel, bait and boat repairs. On the north side of the lake, near the small town of DeWitt, there’s also a great bait shop called Soupy’s Shack that’s popular with area fishermen.

Anglers will also notice the lake’s heavily-wooded banks, providing cover for fish as well as making the lake easy on the eyes. Local fishing reports advise heading for the lake’s spillway to find trophy-sized walleye and stripers. There are also bridges and wheelchair-accessible fishing piers where bank fishing promises channel cats, crappie and bass.

Just in case you’ve brought along some campers who don’t care to fish, the hiking trails around Clinton Lake get high marks, as does the wildlife watching. Be sure to keep an eye out for the osprey fishing the lake alongside the boaters! There’s also a white sand swimming beach open every summer.

We think this scenic lake in Central Illinois is just the spot for a memorable week of RV camping and fishing! Here’s a brochure from Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources with more information about Clinton Lake (PDF). Dive in and learn more about why you should be taking your next RV camping and fishing trip to Central Illinois’ beautiful Clinton Lake.

If you need an RV rental for your trip please check out our Chicago RV Rentals location.

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Fall RV Fishing Expedition to Georgia!

The air is crisp, the temperatures once again bearable and the bright blue waters are calling! It’s time to plan your fall RV fishing expedition to Georgia. The fish are headed back to the surface, so gather your favorite anglers, rent a comfortable RV “fishing cabin” and turn your tires toward the Peach State.

Best Fall Fishing in Georgia
According to Kevin Dallmier, author of Fishing Georgia, autumn fishing is sure to be plentiful and definitely worth getting back out on the water. He especially likes Lake Blue Ridge, located in Chattahoochee National Forest, for snagging smallmouth bass along the shoreline.

Just two hours north of Atlanta near the Tennessee border, Lake Blue Ridge is easily accessible for an exciting weekend of RV camping and lake fishing. Although the Forest Service has closed the campground directly on the lake, there are a number of campgrounds in Chattahoochee National Forest just minutes from the boat launch.

Picture of Lake Allatoona and the Allatoona Dam

Lake Allatoona

Another Georgia fall fishing spot highly recommended by Dallmier is Allatoona Lake, just thirty miles north of Atlanta. He reports the striper fishing is fine as the temperature drops, especially near the dam. Come prepared with heavy-duty gear if you hope to match wits with an Allatoona striper; according to his report, they’ve hauled in striped bass over thirty pounds there!

McKinney Campground, part of Red Top Mountain State Park, is open year-round for RV campers, and also has a boat launch on Allatoona. Another fisherman-friendly place to park your RV (and launch your boat) is Allatoona Landing Marina and Campground in Cartersville, GA.

So don’t put away that tackle just yet! There’s still time to create new fishing tales and RV camping memories with a trip to Georgia’s premier autumn fishing holes. Our thanks to Kevin Dallmier and GeorgiaSportsmanMag.com for furnishing this information on autumn fishing in the Peach State. We look forward to hearing more about your own trip this Fall to these forest-lined lakes in the heart of North Georgia.

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RV Fishing Vacation in New York

Reeling in a fantastic RV fishing vacation in New York is easy, considering the lakes, streams and ocean shoreline that offer a different fishing experience every trip. Add in the wide variety of RV camping venues, and you’ve got everything you need for one whopper of an RV vacation.

RV campers report the fishing’s fine on these New York waterways:

New York Great Lakes Fishing
New York boasts shoreline on two Great Lakes, Erie and Ontario. Lake Ontario is the place to go for great Coho and Chinook salmon fishing, while Lake Erie is well-known for its walleye and smallmouth bass. Park your RV at Lake Bluff Campground near Lake Ontario’s Great Sodus Bay. For your Lake Erie RV fishing vacation, why not try Lakeside Campground in Ripley, NY?

New York Adirondack Lakes Fishing
The beauty of New York’s Adirondacks is legendary, and so is the fishing! With hundreds of lakes and ponds to tempt fishing fans, the Adirondack Lakes Region presents endless RV fishing vacation possibilities. Here’s just a sample of what’s waiting for you there:

  • Saranac Lake Chain: The Upper, Lower and Middle Saranac Lakes are just three of dozens of bodies of water in the Adirondack Lakes Region. Connected by a series of locks, these lakes are prime brown bullhead and largemouth bass territory. Plan to spend time exploring six-million-acre Adirondack Park while in the area.
  • Adirondack Stream and River Fly Fishing: Another popular way to spend time in the Adirondacks is fly fishing the area’s streams and rivers for wild brook trout, brown trout and even salmon. The Ausable River near Lake Placid has a reputation for rewarding fly fishing experts.

New York Hudson River Fishing
The Hudson’s thirty boat ramps make access to this mighty river simple. Don’t have a boat? The fishing piers built by the State of New York give landlocked fishermen a chance to enjoy the River, too. This river’s unique blend of coastal salt water and fresh Adirondacks river water makes for some stellar fishing. Try your hand at catching some of the Hudson’s legendary stripers, and then relax for the night at River Road Campground in Corinth, NY.

New York Atlantic Coast Fishing
Fishing New York’s Atlantic Coast off Long Island is another “can’t-miss” experience for RV fishermen. We’ve heard great things about fishing the surf off Montauk for blue fish, and you’re sure to find places to catch tuna, fluke and striped bass in Long Island’s waters.

New York Lake George/Lake Champlain Fishing
Sport fishermen flock to northern New York’s Lake George/Lake Champlain area. So should you, if you’re hoping to catch lake sturgeon, channel cats or Atlantic salmon, as well as a trophy bass or two. Known as an ice fishing wonderland, Lake Champlain is accommodating year-round, with scenic views and abundant RV camping. Lake George, just south of Champlain, is also home to numerous bass fishing tournaments. Plan to stay at Brookwood RV Resort for easy access to both lakes.

Believe it or not, there are even more New York fishing adventures we don’t have room to mention! Use New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation website to learn more about where to fish and what regulations are in place. NYCampgrounds.com is an excellent source for RV campground information by region. And let us know here at ElMonteRV.com if we can help with an affordable RV rental for the trip!

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More Colorado Freshwater Fishing Destinations

This is a follow up to a previous post – Colorado Freshwater Fishing Destinations.

Rio Grande River: The legendary Rio Grande River flows through the San Juan Mountain Range and Rio Grande National Forest, boasting enormous brown trout just waiting for cagey fly fishermen. Near the towns of South Fork and Del Norte, in particular, you’ll find government leases on private land that allow you easy access to the Rio Grande. This website offers a nice assortment of links to Del Norte area motorhome campgrounds.

North Delaney Butte: Three bodies of water boasting great trout fishing can be found near Walden in Northern Colorado. North Delaney Butte Lake, East Delaney and South Delaney Butte Lakes form a fisherman’s paradise that will tempt you to stay for weeks. North Delaney is actually one of a handful of “Gold Medal” rated trout lakes in the state. By the way, the North Platte River winds through the canyons in this area and also offers tremendous trout fishing possibilities.

There are areas for wakeless boat fishing on these lakes, and those willing to do a little hiking can also find quiet bank or bellyboat fishing areas. Plan to fish primarily for brown trout here, but also be on the lookout for rainbow and cutthroats. A nice RV campground, Lake John Resort, is available on the shores of nearby Lake John, also known for its trophy trout fishing.

There are hundreds of great freshwater fishing destinations in Colorado, and most of them have comfortable RV campsites nearby. As you’re putting your vacation plans together this year, why not schedule a trip to the Rockies for some serious fishing action? To keep your trip very affordable, gather a few of your fishing buddies and split the cost of RV rental, food and campground fees.

You’re not going to want to come in off the water once you’ve learned the joys of fishing in Colorado. Why not find out why thousands of RV campers drop a hook in the Centennial State each year?

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Colorado Freshwater Fishing Destinations

You may be traveling to Colorado for the mountain views, but did you know there’s a wealth of fishing to be found there, as well? Colorado freshwater fishing is the perfect activity for RV camping fans, because it blends the thrill of “catching the big one” with an unforgettable mountain camping experience. Follow these tips to find the best Colorado freshwater fishing destination for your next RV trip.

Red Feather Lakes: North of Fort Collins, trout fishing enthusiasts will find a wonderful collection of small lakes well worth fishing. The Red Feather Lakes area is famous for easy access to lake trout, and was the site of the 2007 National Fly Fishing Championships.

Get ready to experience Dowdy, Parvin, Bellaire and West Lakes, all open to the public. Trout fishing at each offers unique thrills and challenges in a gorgeous mountain setting.

Lake Pueblo: With sixty miles of shoreline and a mild climate, Lake Pueblo offers almost everyone the chance to fish for trout, bass, channel cat, bluegill, and walleye. Well-known as an angler’s paradise, this South Central Colorado lake is sure to please the most demanding lake-fishing diehards. There are numerous RV campgrounds operated there by the State Parks Department. Use this Colorado State Parks webpage to make RV campground reservations.

Blue River: Flowing above and below Lake Dillon about sixty miles west of Denver, the Blue River will thrill fly fishing enthusiasts with trophy-size rainbow trout. If fly fishing is your sport, you definitely deserve a trip to the Blue River. This is your chance to fish for rainbow, brown and brook trout while surrounded by some of the prettiest mountain views possible. Tiger Run RV Resort is one highly-recommended RV campground in the area.

If you need to rent an RV for your Colorado fishing adventure, check out our Denver RV Rentals location.

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Utah Freshwater Fishing Destinations

Does the idea of dropping a line in a clear, cool lake have you reaching for your fishing tackle? RV campers from all over are discovering the joys of freshwater fishing in Utah. Huge lake trout, abundant striped bass and tiger muskie that will give you the fight of your life are all waiting for you in Utah. Here are some places RV campers report make a great fishing vacation destination.

Lake Powell
Deep blue waters and amazing red rock canyons are only two of the reasons motorhome Lake Powell, Utahcampers who love to fish love Utah’s Lake Powell. Located in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which stretches from northern Arizona into Utah, Lake Powell has thousands of miles of shoreline waiting to be explored. Every campground on this enormous lake offers scenery that will have your camera clicking. Fishing for striper is especially popular at Lake Powell, and this handy Fishing Lake Powell guide will point you to the coves with the most action.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Located near the Utah/Wyoming border, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area has spectacular scenery, woodland RV campgrounds and thousands of trophy-size rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout! While you’re in the area, fish the Green River in the scenic canyon below Flaming Gorge Dam for record-breaking brown trout. This popular RV camping destination does require campground reservations, so use this Camping at Flaming Gorge Reservoir link to make yours.

Jordanelle State Park
West of Salt Lake City in the front range of the Wasatch Mountains, you’ll find Jordanelle State Park, home to abundant fishing opportunities. It’s famous for its smallmouth bass population, and also offers plenty of cutthroat, brown trout and perch fishing. Nearby, Rivers Edge at Deer Park Resort features picturesque, tree-shaded RV campsites and fly fishing adventures on the Provo River.

Ready to find your own trophy trout in Utah? Our Salt Lake City RV Rentals location is ready to provide you with a well-equipped RV for your Utah camping and fishing trip. The fantastic scenery, comfortable RV campgrounds and memorable fishing experiences make Utah one of the best places you’ll ever visit. Let us know what your Utah fishing adventure reels in!

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Fishing, World’s Largest Flea Market & More at LakeRidge RV Park

This was provided to us by our friends at LakeRidge RV Park in Gun Barrel City, Texas.

LakeRidge RV Park is located in the heart of Gun Barrel City, Texas which is located in the “Heart of Cedar Creek Lake” and is approximately 60 miles southeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. It has the distinction of being the only town in the United States to bear its unusual name. On the shores of beautiful Cedar Creek Lake, Gun Barrel City offers visitors diverse options for dining, golfing and water sports. Gun Barrel City is located a short drive from area attractions, including world known First Monday Trade Days in Canton and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.

First Monday Trade Days is the oldest and largest flea market in the world! They have 100,000 – 300,000 visitors a month with over 3,000 vendors including various Food Concessions. The Trade Days open 7:00 a,m. on Thursday and run through Sunday before the First Monday of every month. They have covered and open air spaces, have Paramedics and Police Sub-Stations for safety

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens you and your family will have a great time discovering the magic of freshwater fish and wildlife at this incredible $18 million facility, which includes a state of the art hatchery and scientific laboratory. Stare eye-to-eye with freshwater fish in their incredible 300,000 gallons of aquaria. Don’t miss the dive show – talk to the divers through the underwater intercom while they feed some of Texas’ biggest fish. Catch trout and catfish in their 1.5 acre pond (they even provide poles, bait and show you how). Walk through the new wetlands exhibit and discover where the fish and wildlife live-it’s a natural classroom! Visit the Angler Hall of Fame. Schedule a tour through their hatchery and take the tram to see it all.

While here plan on enjoying water sports and fishing Cedar Creek Lake. Also nearby is Purtis Creek State Park where the fishing is good at the Purtis Creek State Park Lake.

Other RV Campgrounds should feel free to share with us the wonders that may be found in and around their campground. Please send your article submissions to monty@elmonterv.com.

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