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Reel ‘Em In From Your RV: 5 Amazing Campgrounds For Freshwater Fishing

RVing and fishing go hand in hand. So what better way to kill two birds than to camp right next to your favorite fishing lake or river?

These five campgrounds around the U.S. are located either right on or next to some of the best fishing spots in the country. Don’t forget to bring your cast iron frying pan, ‘cause fish is on the menu.

1. Table Rock State Park, Missouri

Rated as one of the best bass fishing lakes in the U.S., Table Rock Lake near Springfield, Missouri is full of largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass. The lake also has a decent population of black crappie.

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Bob Linder

The sparkling clear lake features several campgrounds, but Table Rock State Park is open year round and features both reservable and first-come, first-served campsites. The campground also rents out boats, slips, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.

2. McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, California

Nestled between Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta in Northern California, Lake Britton accepts endless amounts of ice cold water from nearby 129-foot-tall Burney Falls.

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Just steps away from the falls, the McArthur-Burney Falls State Park campground features 121 campsites dotted among the pine trees. Furthermore, some of the sites are larger to accommodate boats and trailers.

Down a short road from the campground, Lake Britton has a good population of trout, black bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegills, and channel catfish.

3. Gunnison Lakeside RV Park & Cabins, Colorado

Located near the town of Gunnison, Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorado’s largest body of water. It also boasts some of the best fishing in the state. Most noteworthy, the lake trout in this lake can grow so enormous that they threaten the native Kokanee salmon.

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Be sure to bring your kayak or canoe. The only boats that are allowed on the reservoir are non-motorized. The nearby Gunnison Lakeside RV Park & Cabins is a private campground that overlooks the reservoir and includes full hookups and free WiFi.

4. Kenai Riverside Campground, Alaska

The Kenai River in Alaska is probably the top rated river for salmon fishing in the entire world. Getting a spot at the Kenai Riverside Campground just tops the cake.

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Mark Stevens

The campground is intimate and offers only 18 RV sites with 20/30 amp electric hookups and six dry sites. The resort also offers guided trolling and fly fishing tours to hunt the enormous silver and sockeye salmon, rainbow and Dolly Varden trout.

Most of all, a hookup site is only $35 per night. Quite a deal in one of the more expensive states.

5. Red Cliff Campground, Montana

If you are camping next to the river where the movie “A River Runs Through It” was filmed, you know you are going to reel in a beauty. The Gallatin River runs right by the Red Cliff Campground and is chock full of rainbow, brook, brown and cutthroat trout.

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This area is also a popular place to spot brown bears, grizzly bears, mountain goats, and deer. The campground is only 45 minutes from the West Yellowstone entrance and includes many sites with electric hookups. Many of the sites are within spitting distance of the river.

See also: Don’t Forget Your Fishing Rod When You Visit British Columbia

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