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Hot Spots for High-Performance Boaters


Rice Lake in Ontario, Canada has a variety of recreational activities, including high-performance boating, including a few STV River Rockets. The lake is known for fishing bass and walleye, and has a variety of fast boats, while only slow motor boats are available for rentals are available.


The Great South Bay is a 151-square-mile shallow saltwater bay in New York State. It's located between Long Island and Fire Island and is protected from the Atlantic Ocean by barrier islands. The bay is 45 miles long, with an average depth of 4 feet 3 inches and a maximum depth of 20 feet.


Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida has a 26-acre lake that has two boat ramps that provide access to the Everglades Conservation Area. The park's lakes are good for boating, fishing, and using personal watercraft. The park also has a boat rental facility that offers kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards so watch out for these markers.


Great Sacandaga Lake is a popular hot post for boating including the annual hot boat get-together called the Rondack Romp. The lake has four boat launches and is also known for its bass and trout. The lake is located in the southeastern part of the Adirondack Park Preserve. Bordering towns include Broadalbin, Mayfield, Northville, Edinburg, West Day, Conklingville, Batchellerville, Fayville, and Fish House.


Jasper, Tennessee is home to Marion County Park which has a two-lane boat ramp and is located on the shores of the Tennessee River. Some say it's a great place for boating, skiing, and camping but for those who know, this is legacy home to outdoor drag racing. It's connected to the Tennessee River's main navigable channel which is 652 miles long and starts a mile above Knoxville, Tennessee.


Just south of Havasu City Arizona lies the 20-mile-long Parker Strip, which starts at the world's deepest dam and ends at Lake Moovalaya, just before Big River. Parker is home to outboard world speed record, the Parker Enduro as well as local drag and SCSC circle boat races. On any Sunday, you'll find blown V8 v-drives and jet boats, blasting past the bars and putting on a show.


There are many places for power boating at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, including boat clubs, boat dealers, and boat rentals. It's known for the Netflix series Orarks but more importantly, it's home to the LOTO Powerfest, Sanctioned by the Offshore Power Boat Association, this race features the world's fastest and most powerful boats in the world. In the last few years, they have been joined by the F1 Powerboat Championship tunnel hulls.


Camp Mack Marina & RV Resort in Lake Wales, Florida offers a chain of lakes and a variety of boating activities including pontoon boats, fishing boats, and airboat tours in search of Alligators. But for us it's most famous for the Scream and Fly events and just above the River Ranch on the fast and narrow Kissimmee River. If you ain't fast and doing a pass, your sitting on Bull Shit Hill with the airboats.


Haulover Inlet is a man-made channel in Miami-Dade County, Florida. It connects the Atlantic Ocean to Biscayne Bay. The inlet was created in 1925 to provide boaters with easier access to the ocean. It's a heavily trafficked area. The inlet is dangerous for boaters because of: Strong currents, Sandbars, Rock walls, Gusty onshore winds, and Ocean waves. Powerboat thrill seekers aim to impress the popular YouTube Channels (Wavy Boats and Boats vs Haulover) and often catch air or bust their necks.


Blarney Island is located on Grass Lake in Antioch, Illinois. It's a mile off-shore and is part of the Chain O'Lakes, the busiest inland waterway in the country. Blarney Island offers a variety of boating activities, including Boat races, PWC races, Shuttle boats, and Party packages. Blarney Island is also the only place in the world where high-performance drag boat racing takes place every Thursday evening. The drag boat races have been held since 1978.


The Otonabee River in Ontario, Canada offers boating and fishing. The river has a free boat launch and public beach at Squirrel Creek Conservation Area. There are also opportunities for boater camping along the river. But most importantly, it's quite enough and home to many high performance boaters looking to lay down a GPS number.


Pottsburg Creek in Jacksonville, Florida is used by smaller boats and jet skis. The creek is narrow and has limited vertical clearance due to the Beach Boulevard bridge which makes it a quiet place for speed runs. The creek starts near a retention pond behind the old WJXX studios and it flows into the Arlington River, which then empties into the St. Johns River.


Every August the Indian River in Michigan fills up with stock outboard racers from across the country to compete in the world’s toughest hydro and runabout boat races. Top O' Boat Racers travel 87 miles over the course of 2 days through the Inland Waterway. Spectators line the shores and from their homes to watch various points of this exhilarating, high-speed spectacle.


Lake Koshkonong is a 10,595-acre lake that's good for boating, swimming, fishing, and watersports. It has a maximum depth of 7 feet with public boat landings and public beaches. It's known for high-speed boat traffic during the season as well as a high-speed boat race called Thunder on the Lake.


Lake Havasu is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River. It was created by the construction of Parker Dam between 1934 and 1938. It hosts the Formula 1 Powerboat Championship series and Desert Storm, considered the largest performance boating event in the Western United States as Havasu's Main Street fills up with a multi-million dollar presentation of extraordinary super-charged racing vessels from the world's top offshore boat-builders.


Key West is an island in the Florida Keys and the southernmost point of the United States. It's made up of the island of Key West, plus parts of Dredgers Key, Fleming Key, Sunset Key, and the northern part of Stock Island. Key West has a land area of about 6 square miles. It's home to the Keys Island Runners (KIR), a grassroots group of high-performance boaters.

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