Top 9 Water Sports in Region 9

1. Star Island Trail- Chippewa National Forest

Star Island! A top ten destination on the Chippewa National Forest, Star Island is located near the center of Cass Lake, Minn. Access is only by boat but once visitors arrive they can hike the island trails, camp at one of the backcountry campsites or fish Lake Windigo, a lake within the island.

2. Logger’s Lake- Mark Twain National forest

Logger’s Lake is a great place for those that want to get away but still have some amenities. Located deep in the interior forests of Shannon County, this campground is situated along the south-east shore of 22 acre Logger's Lake. Constructed in 1942, this spring-fed lake is maintained as a fishery, and is a destination for anglers looking for non-motorized boating and quiet bank fishing.  It is also a fantastic star-gazing location. The campground area is located on the southeast lakeshore and all sites have a view of the lake, with only light vegetation in between. There are 14 sites with each offering a table, fire ring, tent pad, and some offer lantern posts. Drinking water and vault toilets are centrally located. There are two boat ramps, and a barrier-free fishing pier. Group camping is available at nearby Oak Knoll.

3. Pounds Hollow Lake- Shawnee National Forest

A picturesque setting, Pounds Hollow campground and lake are tucked away amongst the Shawnee Hills, where you can relax and get away from it all. Completed in the early 1940's, Pounds Hollow Lake is popular for the same reasons it was 60 years ago and continues to provide opportunities to picnic, fish, swim, camp and hike.

4. Lake Vesuvius- Wayne National Forest

The Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area (See image), named after the historic Vesuvius Iron Furnace, contains a 143-acre lake which offers opportunities to rent canoes and kayaks from May through September. The rugged hills and out-cropping cliffs provide a scenic backdrop for this historical and beautiful site. The area also has two campgrounds and picnic areas with group camping available. This complex is located 6.5 miles north of Ironton, Ohio off State Route 93.

5. Marble Creek- Mark Twain National Forest

If you want to dip your feet in the water and splash around while you picnic or camp out, Marble Creek is the place you want to go.  This beautiful creek, camp and picnic grounds is located between Fredericktown and Arcadia, Missouri. Marble Creek, rushing 20 miles through the rugged St. Francis Mountains, is named for deposits of attractively colored dolomites which were mined and used in the building trade as “Taum Sauk Marble.” Within the recreation area, you can see the concrete remains of a grist mill dam and building foundation. This dam was the third to be built here and was operated until 1935. This quiet campground and recreation area is the main trailhead for the Marble Creek Section of the Ozark Trail. This 8-mile segment goes to Crane Lake and is open for hiking, equestrian and mountain bike use. Horses are allowed at trailhead, but not within campground or picnic area.

6. Current River- Mark Twain National Forest

The swift, clear and cool Current River with numerous gravel bars provides motorized boating, non-motorized boating, tubing, camping, picknicking and wading opportunities. A favorite past time on the river whether boating or tubing includes taking breaks on the numerous gravel bars. The recreation areas on the Current River are easily accessible by vehicle and are located near small communities which provide a variety of services.

7. Norway Beach- Chippewa National Forest

(Crew of girls camping)

This crew enjoyed a weekend of camping at the Chippewa National Forest's Norway Beach Recreation Area. This popular camping destination offers four campground loops, 171 sites, sandy beaches, boat ramps, trails, picnic shelter and the historic Visitor Center.

8. Leith Run Recreation Area- Wayne National Forest

The Leith Run Recreation Area is a multi-purpose development on the banks of the Ohio River in Washington County and is a popular attraction on the Forest. This fully accessible facility offers a variety of recreation activities.

9 .Lake Andrusia- Chippewa National Forest

(Young boy fishing)

A young "fisherman" enjoys fishing with his family on Lake Andrusia on the Chippewa National Forest.  The Chippewa National Forest is a popular fishing destination with over 1300 lakes to enjoy water-oriented recreation such as fishing, canoeing, water-skiing, and swimming!