Best Places to Go Freshwater Snorkeling
Rivers and lakes are the bread and butter of freshwater snorkeling, and while any local spot is worth exploring, there are a few places around the United States that are definitely destination-worthy if you find yourself with some extra time on your hands.
It is important to keep in mind that conditions are always changing, so it is best to do some research on weather and availability before booking any trips!
Crystal River in Florida
Crystal River in Florida is a huge destination spot for a lot of people every year. It’s not hard to figure out why, either. Aside from your freshwater snorkeling, you can meet and swim with manatees, do some scalloping, scuba dive, explore natural springs, and even do some fishing.
Because it’s such a popular destination area, setting up your trip is simple and easy, and you won’t need to look far to find an adventure that suits your needs.
Where else in the world are you going to get to throw your snorkeling gear on and swim side by side with a manatee?
Lake Tahoe is far from a well-kept secret. If you are anywhere near the California and Nevada border, it’s likely you and your family have taken a trip here at some point. Its serene views and crystal clear waters make it a perfect place to go and get some mileage out of that great snorkeling gear.
Lake Tahoe keeps webcams running so that you can check current conditions whenever you see fit. Most places in Lake Tahoe are pretty accessible, so its more about doing some research and figuring out what part of the lake you would like to explore.
Our pro tip? Don’t be afraid to explore places that are usually packed with a lot of people. You might not find a lot of wildlife, but people are notorious for dropping valuable in the lake. You’ll never know what you could find hidden away in the most popular areas.
Bailey’s Harbor in Wisconsin has a bit of a different vibe than these last two locations. It is, for the most part, still a pretty well-kept secret. There is plenty of exploration and adventure, but there is also plenty of opportunity for relaxing activities. Even if that activity is scuba diving the local waters.
It was recently ranked #13 Comfiest City in the U.S. for Travelers by Expedia and Prettiest Town in Wisconsin by Architectural Digest. If you aren’t looking to spend your entire vacation in the water, Bailey’s Harbor is a great way to get away from the normal grind of everyday life.
Oregon’s Crater Lake is a breathtaking destination that was formed after a volcanic eruption more than 7,500 years ago. The water is rated to be some of the clearest in the country, and while there isn’t much in the way of wildlife, the land and waterscapes alone are worth the trip.