National Parks Accessible by Boat

National Parks Best Explored by Boat

Written by Boatsetter Team
March 29, 2022

Last Updated on May 24, 2024 by Boatsetter Team

Across the United States 400+ acres of geographical wonders, there are over 4 million acres of water bodies. While you can see a lot by land, there’s no better way to experience these National Parks than by boat.

  1. Biscayne National Park, Florida 
  2. Channel Islands National Park, California 
  3. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
  4. Everglades National Park, Florida 
  5. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
  6. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

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Biscayne National Park, Florida

Boating in Biscayne Park

Add a boat day at Biscayne National Park to your Miami trip itinerary. From shipwrecks to fish bejeweled coral reefs, what better way to explore a park that’s 95% water than by boat?

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Channel Islands National Park, California

Boating in Channel Islands

This park has been thousands of years in the making. Come here for unique animals and archaeological resources like no other. Make sure to head over to the Arch Rock, a 40-foot-high natural bridge, for pictures before you go. 

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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Boating in Dry Tortugas

West of Key West lies Dry Tortugas National Park, a seven-key archipelago only accessible by boat or seaplane. This park is most known for Fort Jefferson and as one of the best snorkeling destinations in North America.   

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Everglades National Park, Florida 

Boating in Everglades Park

Besides being the largest subtropical park in the US, it’s internationally revered as a World Heritage Site. With hundreds of miles of scenic water trails, find a boat with a kayak and paddle through cypress forests and mangrove tunnels. 

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Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Boating in Voyageurs Park

Looking for out-of-this-world views? Between Minnesota and Ontario lies Voyageurs, a certified Dark Sky Park. Plan a nighttime trip and get your camera ready; here you can expect to see shooting stars, meteor showers, and auroras.  

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Isle Royale National Park, Michigan 

Boating in Isle Royale Park

Hop on a bow rider boat and find refuge in this patch of Lake Superior wilderness. Get ready for boreal forests and moose sightings and even wolves. While the gray wolf is an endangered species, gray wolf sightings are common on Isle Royale.

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