In the Pacific Northwest, heading east can provide some of the best lake boating around. Destinations like Lake Chelan, Lake Billy Chinook, Lake Wenatchee, and Lake Crescent can provide great weekend getaways for fishing, water skiing and camping. For boaters in the Northern regions of the Northwest, towing a boat to the Columbia River can be an alternative to the Inside Passage or San Juan Islands. In reverse, Columbia River boaters can easily tow a bow to Olympia and the Puget Sound for the summer, a vacation, or even a long weekend.
Boat ramps pepper these regions making access to new waters really easy. Many are located within campgrounds for a late-night arrival and offer staging docks to make loading up easier. There are usually small towns with grocery stores and fuel stations close by to stock up before hitting the water. Some areas have marinas with guest docks, power and pump-out stations.
Experience the freedom of exploring a wider range of lakes, rivers, bays and sounds by towing your boat to someplace new. Or, rather than motoring your boat to a favorite spot in the Puget Sound, why not tow it and start the trip sooner? Towing your boat can make staring a new adventure hours—not days.
The popularity of moderate sized, outboard boats has made trailering much easier. Boat manufacturers and dealers have paired specific models with trailers for a safe way to haul your boat up and down the highway. If your boat didn’t come with a trailer, there are many local trailer manufacturer that build adjustable trailers that can be fit to your boat and possibly your next boat. With the right trailer and tow-vehicle anyone can safely haul their boat. However, there are some key considerations in preparation to making that first trip.
Hooking up your boat to a vehicle and hitting the road opens a world of new boating opportunities. Suddenly inland lakes and rivers can provide new destinations for exploration putting a new spin to the weekend or a summer vacation. Often by heading away from the coastal regions, you can choose the weather. Tired of the constant fog that plagues the coastline in the summer?—hook up your boat and head inland to a desert lake where a cloudless sky and warmer temperatures await. Every destination offers a unique experience.