Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Lake of the Ozarks, and Oklahoma.
Many people may not realize how much boating happens in the Heartland, but it's a great boating destination!
Scores of inland waterways run from the Great Lakes down to the Gulf - including the Mississippi River, Ten-Tom waterway and Cumberland River. A prime connection point for boaters on the Great Loop, the Heartland welcomes transients to come and explore its freshwater rivers and lakes as a stopping point on the journey - or a destination in and of itself! Snag-A-Slip is a free, online boat slip reservation site where you can explore awesome marinas in The Heartland and rent boat slips easily. If you are charting your course or you want to see our marinas on a map, click the interactive map button above!
Did you know that Kentucky can be a boater's paradise?
Home to a number of lakes and inland waterways, this state is no slouch when it comes to having some fun on the water. Boaters cruising the Tennessee River, or making their way through the Great Loop, should check out Kentucky Lake, which is a convenient stop that boasts 2380 Miles of shoreline and 160,000 acres of water.
With over 1,150 miles of beautiful shoreline, the Lake of the Ozarks is Missouri's largest lake destination.
Lake of the Ozarks is a large reservoir created by impounding the Osage River in the northern part of the Ozarks. Home to dozens of water sports and activities, this family-friendly getaway is one that you will never forget. You can choose to stay on-board your boat or you can make home in one of the many vintage rustic cabins that are nestled along the waters edge. Water isn't the only thing at the Lake - you can explore the Missouri State Parks, hit a round of links or indulge at the delicious eateries and wineries throughout the area.
Boaters will love exploring Tennessee boating, which boasts great freshwater fishing and scenic, little-known routes in the Heartland.
Tennessee is home to two major boating waterways, including the Ten-Tom Waterway and the Cumberland River. Boaters on the Great Loop will find the Tennessee waterways to be full of great destinations, including Nashville, which is a must stop for a festive party on the route!
You may not always think of Iowa when you think of boating, but the state hosts a number of inland lakes and rivers where avid boaters can cruise, fish and swim!
In fact, West Okijobi, East Okijobi and Big Spirit Lake are dubbed the Iowa Great Lakes and they draw a vast number of boaters in the Summer. Boaters also enjoy Saylorville Lake, just outside of Des Moines, as well as Rathbun Lake an hour or so away. Last, but certainly not least, the Mississippi River runs through Iowa.
Oklahoma is a lake lover's paradise with fantastic access to plenty of uncrowded waters.
The state is home to more than 200 lakes, offering over 1 million surface acres of sparkling water. This is perfect for boating, swimming, fishing and all kinds of water recreation! You must also visit one of the 33 gorgeous State Parks, including the famous Jellystone and Keystone Parks.